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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Phillips Fetherstonhaugh (1879-1959)


Born at Montreal, Quebec on 29 July 1879, son of Edward C. B. and Janet Cross Fetherstonhaugh (pronounced “Fanshaw”), he was educated at the Montreal high school and McGill University. He worked as a draughtsman with Fetherstonhaugh & Company, and later was Manager and partner of the Ottawa branch for four years. He was a lecturer at McGill University for two years and was later with the Westinghouse Company at Pittsburg and the Canadian Westinghouse Company at Winnipeg.

In 1909 he was appointed Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. During the First World War, he served as a Major in the Canadian Engineers and later as Commanding Officer of the Canadian Officers in Training Corps COTC at the University of Manitoba (1924-1930). In 1921 he became Dean of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, retiring in 1945. He was a member of the National Research Council (1936-1945), and its President in 1945. He received honorary degrees from McGill University (1945) and the University of Manitoba (1947).

He was married twice, first in 1908 to Ruth M. Harrington of Montreal, and second in 1924 to Margaret Adele Bain, daughter of Alexander Bain. He was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba and St. Charles Country Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 October 1959 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery. An engineering building at the University of Manitoba is named for him.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, 1911. C. W. Parker, editor. Canadian Press Association, Vancouver.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Former Engineering Dean, E. P. Fetherstonhaugh, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1959, page 34.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 August 2014

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