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Memorable Manitobans: Harry Hammond Easton (1910-1980)

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Born at Rotherham, England on 12 January 1910, he came to Canada at a young age and attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with BA and MA degrees. He later attended the University of Toronto where he obtained a Bachelor of Library Science degree. He worked at the Winnipeg Public Library starting in 1929, first as a page and later as a reference librarian. He served as Assistant Chief Librarian (1940-1959) and Chief Librarian (1959-1975), retiring in the latter year but continuing as a consultant for another year. He played a leading role in development of the Millennium Library. He served as President of the Manitoba Library Association and Canadian Library Association, and also President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association. In retirement, he was involved in the establishment of the Senior Citizens Job Bureau and served as its Chairman until 1979. A resident of East St. Paul, he died during a visit to Fargo, North Dakota on 2 August 1980.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1980, page 62.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2018

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