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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick William Clark (1874-1940)

University professor.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 11 December 1874, son of grain inspector W. Clark, the family emigrated to Winnipeg in 1881. He attended Carlton School, the Boys’ Central School, and the Winnipeg Collegiate Institute. He graduated from Manitoba College with a classics degree, after which he became a teaching assistant to Thomas Hart.

He received a PhD in classics from the University of Chicago then, in 1909, he became professor of classics on Hart’s retirement. When the college discontinued arts courses in 1914, he transferred to the University of Manitoba where he eventually rose to the position as Head of its Department of Classics. He served as President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1917-1918). He was a keen athlete. Between 1889 and 1907 he played on the Manitoba College football team. He took part in the Manitoba curling bonspiel every year from 1905 to 1938 and was a member of the Granite Curling Club for 35 years.

He died at Winnipeg on 20 April 1940.

Sources:

“Prof. F. W. Clark is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1940. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 92]

“Death climaxes careers of many notable people in course of 1940”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1941, page 1.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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