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Memorable Manitobans: David Alexander “Dave” Downie (1921-2014)

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David Alexander Downie
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Born at Wawanesa on 29 March 1921, the youngest of four children, he received BA, BEd, MEd, and PhD degrees from the University of Manitoba. During the Second World War, he served as a navigator with the Royal Canadian Air Force. His teaching career began at Boissevain Collegiate then he moved to Winnipeg where he taught at Lord Selkirk School (1952-1955), Norberry Junior High School, Glenlawn Collegiate, Lord Selkirk School, Churchill High School (1956-1957), and St. George School (1957-1958). He was the Principal of Glenwood School (1958-1963) and Dakota Collegiate (1963-1967). He later was Superintendent for the River East School Division; President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents; President of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of Manitoba; and a member of the Board for the International Peace Garden and the St. Vital YMCA. He was a member of Manitoba Amateur Basketballers Association and St. Vital Graduates Basketball Club. In 1977, in recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. He died at Winnipeg on 22 August 2014.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Know your principal: Basketball one of his interests,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1964.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 2014.

A historical look at River East Transcona School Division, 1959-2002,” River East Transcona School Division, 2018.

We thank Frances Kasper, Nathan Kramer, and Mark Szymanski for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 January 2019

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