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Memorable Manitobans: Elsie Lydia Gauer (1906-2006)


Born at Winnipeg on 25 April 1906, sister of Edward Gauer, she attended Norquay School and St. John’s High School, receiving at the latter the Governor General’s Medal. She received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba and a teacher’s certificate from the Central Normal School. In 1927, she joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division and taught at Norquay School and Lord Selkirk School. In 1929, she became the girls’ physical education teacher at St. John’s High School and spent 20 years there. She then became supervisor and later Assistant Director of Physical Education for the Winnipeg School Division, until retirement in 1968. She was President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1962-1963). In 1970, she was given a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society in recognition of “her many years as a teacher in Manitoba and for her activity in physical education for young people.” She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, Manitoba Educational Association, University Women’s Club, Delta Kappa Gamma International, Soroptomist Club, Point Douglas Historical Society, Niakawa Golf Club, and United Nations Association. She died at Winnipeg, unmarried, on 4 November 2006.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 2006.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 May 2015

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