Memorable Manitobans: Thelma Jean Opseth Call (1928-1981)
Born at Birch Hills, Saskatchewan in 1928, daughter of Mrs. Sophie Opseth, she graduated from the Prince Albert Collegiate Institute and earned BSc (Education), MEd (Athens, Georgia), and PhD (Bloomington, Indiana) degrees. After beginning her teaching career in Saskatchewan, she was also an instructor in Indiana and Manitoba universities before working in the Transcona-Springfield School Division as the Principal of the Transcona Central School (1964-1968) and Assistant Superintendent (1968-?). She was the Principal of Dalhousie School (?-?) and R. H. G. Bonnycastle School (1979-1981). She was also the Chair of the Special Education Section of the Manitoba Educational Association and stood unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for Transcona in the 1969 provincial election. She and her husband, Paul Call, had one son. She died at the Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg on 11 November 1981 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park. She is commemorated by Thelma J. Call Park in Winnipeg.
“Education Thelma Call believes students best when involved,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1968, page 20.
“Bend spurns job,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1969, page 7.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1981, page 29.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 22 July 2018
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