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Memorable Manitobans: John Arthur Buchanan (1913-1999)


Born at Winnipeg on 9 May 1913, son of Ernest Buchanan and Mabel Elizabeth Bishop, he graduated from United College (1934) then worked as a teacher, serving as Vice-Principal of Stony Mountain School and Principal of Kenton School (1938-1941). During the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served overseas. Returning to Winnipeg, he resumed his teaching career at St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Laura Secord School (1946-1955), and J. B. Mitchell School (1956-1962). He was later Vice-Principal of Earl Grey School (1963-1964), Principal of Somerset School (1966-1970), and Principal of Kent Road School, from which he retired in June 1977. On 26 August 1938, he married Ethel Roberta Green (c1917-2011) at Winnipeg and they had two children. He died at Winnipeg on 30 November 1999.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Honor graduates in Arts, Science at big gathering,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1934, page 2.

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

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 August 1938, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1999.

Obituary [Ethel Roberta Buchanan], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 2011, page 35.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2017

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