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Memorable Manitobans: M. Ruth Crosland (c1919-2006)


Born at Portage la Prairie around 1919, only daughter of Thomas Crosland and Mildred Crosland, she earned BA (1957) and MA (1959) degrees from the University of Manitoba, a Doctorate of Education from the University of Toronto (1966), and took further studies at the Universities of Minnesota, Colorado, and Columbia. Specializing in special education, her thesis was entitled “Administrative Programming for Crippled Children in Special Schools in Canada.” She taught at George V School (1948-1956), Lord Roberts School (1956-1960), and was the first Principal of Ellen Douglass School (1960-1963, 1964-1967), as well as serving as Assistant Director of Special Services with the Department of Education (1968-?). In the late 1970s, she moved to British Columbia and died at Victoria on 11 July 2006.


1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

“To hear Crosland,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 February 1968, page 20.

“Trio of speakers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1968, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 2006, page 47.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 February 2017

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