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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Arakie Cohen (1910-1936)

University professor.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 June 1910, son of E. Arakie Cohen and Ruth Jacobs, he attended St. John’s College then attended the London School of Economics, receiving a BSc degree in 1932. He subsequently received an MSc degree from the University of London, in 1934. He dropped his surname and adopted his father’s given name, Arakie, as his surname. While in England, he married and subsequently had a daughter, born in 1935. In September 1934, he became a professor of economics at Raffles University in Singapore. Complaining of ill health, he committed suicide on 7 October 1936 aboard an ocean liner plying between Shanghai and Singapore.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Winnipeg woman writer, who won empire renown, is dead in London home”, Winnipeg Tribune, 6 March 1936, page 9.

Mr. Ralph Arakie found hanged in cabin on Ranpura”, Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 8 October 1936, page 1.

College lecturer found hanged”, Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 8 October 1936, page 12.

We thank Megan Miller for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 October 2011

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