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Memorable Manitobans: John Melville Brown (1913-1996)


Born on a farm at Carberry on 5 January 1913, son of John G. Brown and Agnes Dennsteadt, he attended Brandon College, graduating with an Arts degree in 1933. He then took teacher training and received a BEd degree from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Wellington School, Hamiota School (1939-1940), and Shoal Lake School (1940-1941). In 1941, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based at Eriksdale, and served until 1943 when he joined the Canadian Army. Following his military discharge, he enrolled at Stanford University and received a PhD degree in 1948. He became a science instructor at the Central Normal School and, in 1949, was appointed Director of Curriculum. He was Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba from 1959 to 1974, the first native-born Manitoban to hold the position. He oversaw transfer of the facility to the main university campus and retired in 1974. On 25 December 1936, he married Elizabeth Louise “Lou” Moore (?-1992) at Regina, Saskatchewan and they subsequently had four children, including David Melville Brown. He was a brother-in-law of Wesley Lorimer. He died at Winnipeg on 5 June 1996.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Reception set to honor Dean,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1973, page 22.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 1996, page 48.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 March 2016

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