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Memorable Manitobans: Jack Hersey Gibson (1917-2009)

Educator, school inspector.

Born at Brandon on 30 November 1917, fourth child of Jesse and Margaret Gibson, he attended Brandon schools and the Brandon Normal School (1935-1936). He taught at Chater School No. 181 and Shell Valley School No. 1905 before turning to farming at Inglis for two years. He returned to teaching, at Thunder Creek School No. 1455 and Sidney School No. 607, before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942.

After his military discharge in 1944, he resumed teaching at Sidney, also attending school to obtain BA and BEd degrees. In 1948, he became Principal of Minnedosa North School No. 232 and, later, Principal of Minnedosa Collegiate. He was appointed a School Inspector in 1957, based at Grandview and relocated to Winnipeg in 1968 to inspect in the Morris-Macdonald School Division. After retiring from inspecting in 1976, he returned to teaching at Stonewall Collegiate where he spent six years.

He died at Winnipeg on 5 April 2009.

Sources:

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

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Vista Tales from Islay School District No. 733 in Vista, Manitoba by Gerald Brown, page 22. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 2009, page 49.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2014

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