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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Irwin Brownlee (1886-1973)

Educator, physician.

Born at Cannington Manor, North West Territories (now Saskatchewan) in 1886, he graduated with a BA degree from the University of Manitoba in 1912, then taught school as the Principal of the Russell School (1912-1913). While there, he met local girl and fellow teacher Lillian Edith Frances Storey (1889-1983), marrying her on 15 June 1918 and subsequently having three children. In 1915, he completed an MA thesis on temperature regulation in cold-blooded animals at the University of Manitoba then he attended the Manitoba Medical College, graduating in 1920. He practiced medicine at Foxwarren for five years then returned to Russell in 1925 to take over the medical practice of William John Bates, serving the medical needs of the community until retirement in December 1971. For four years during the Second World War, he was a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He died in 1973.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brownlee House (309 Memorial Avenue North, Russell)

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Russell doctor retires,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1971, page 72.

Obituary [Lillian Brownlee], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 January 1983, page 39.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2020

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