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Memorable Manitobans: Esther Gertrude Moscovitch Genser (1916-2011)

Community activist.

Born at Norwood on 26 February 1916, daughter of Rose Cohen (c1887-1981) and Meyer Moscovitch (1885-1965), she attended Norwood Collegiate then entered the University of Manitoba at the age of 15, graduating four years later with the University Gold Medal in Science. On 28 June 1936, she married Percy Genser and they had three children. She later married Samuel Kaplan (?-2005) at Boston, Massachusetts. In 1963, she was appointed to the Board of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation and served on several of its committees, and also served on the Manitoba Arts Council. She also served on boards of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (Vice-President), Shaarey Zedek Synagogue Sisterhood (President), and International Organization of the Women’s League (Vice-President). She was the founding Manitoba representative on the National Arts Centre. She died at Palm Springs, California in June 2011.


Obituary [Meyer Moscovitch], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 January 1965, page 24.

Obituary [Rose Moscovitch], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 1981, page 48.

Obituary [Esther Genser Kaplan], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 June 2011.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2019

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