Memorable Manitobans: Maud Adeline Bissett (1891-1965)
Born at St. Thomas, North Dakota on 26 March 1891, fifth child of Peter Bissett (1853-1906) and Margaret Young (1860-1945), sister of Eliza Bissett and sister-in-law of Daniel McIvor, she came to Winnipeg and attended Manitoba College, receiving the Governor General’s Bronze Medal in 1908. The following year, after receiving the Silver Medal in Classics, she received a travelling scholarship to do two years of postgraduate work at the University of Chicago. Returning to Winnipeg in 1911, she accepted a lecturership in Classics at Wesley College. Taking a leave of absence in 1914 to study toward a doctorate at the University of Chicago, she returned to Winnipeg to become the first woman to teach at the University of Manitoba, instructing in Greek and Latin from 1914 to 1920. On 29 June 1920, she married Sherwood Owen Dickerman (1874-1930) at Winnipeg, after which she moved to Williamstown, Massachusetts where her husband was a college professor. She died at New York, New York on 17 March 1965 and was buried at Williamstown.
“Classics,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 May 1908.
“Successful matriculants,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 June 1909, page 8.
“The new members of the university faculty,” The Manitoban, 1914, page 42.
Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Dickerman – Bissett,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 June 1920, page 6.
Maud Adeline Bissett (Dickerman), Young Family Tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Nick Atkinson and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 18 January 2019
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