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Memorable Manitobans: William Archibald Cumming (1911-1999)

Horticulturalist.

Born at Teulon on 18 March 1911, he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1932. After that, he worked for both the Manitoba and Federal Departments of Agriculture before becoming manager at a nursery at Dropmore in 1945. In 1955, he rejoined the Federal Department of Agriculture at the Morden Research Station, where he was head of the ornamentals and fruit crops program until he retired in 1976. He was a leader in the field of horticulture and developed many ornamentals, shrubs and fruit trees for the prairies, including the Kelsey Crababbple, Manitoba's Centennial Tree. He received many honours, awards and life memberships from horticulture associations in North America, including the Stevenson Award from the Manitoba Horticultural Association (1974), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba (1971). He died at Winnipeg on 26 July 1999.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1999, page 36.

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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