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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Sherman Crowe (1922-1981)


He was educated at United College (1942) and served as a Captain in the Canadian army during the Second World War. He finished a fifth year at the University of Manitoba (1947), and received an MA from the University of Toronto (1948) and Columbia University (1951). In 1950 he was hired as Assistant Professor of history at United College (now the University of Winnipeg). He was dismissed summarily by the College President, Wilfred Cornet Lockhart, in 1958, thus demonstrating the fragility of tenure at Canadian universities. The result was an invigoration of the Canadian Association of University Teachers to fight his case. From 1959 to 1966, Crowe served as director of research for the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers, as research associate for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, and as press agent and political advisor to NDP leader Tommy Douglas. From 1966 he was Professor and Chairman of history at Atkinson College, Toronto, stepping down in 1969 to become Dean from 1969 to 1974, and again from 1979 to 1981.

See also:

“Report on the Crowe Case,” Canadian Association of University Teachers, CAUT Bulletin, 7:3 (1959).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 August 2020

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