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Memorable Manitobans: William Robert “Bob” Gordon (1921-2001)

Educator, administrator.

Born at Winnipeg on 16 July 1921, son of Molly and Norman Gordon, brother of Donald MacLeod Gordon, he served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He returned to Winnipeg and received a BA degree from United College, a teaching certificate from the University of Manitoba, and later BEd (1958) and MEd degrees (1969). He taught for eight years at Deloraine, Flin Flon, and Winnipeg then, in 1957, he joined the staff of the Manitoba Teachers Society as Assistant General Secretary, retiring in 1981 as General Secretary, having succeeded Emerson Arnett in 1975. During retirement, he served as a resource person for the Canadian Teachers Federation in Jamaica (1982-1983), Malawi (1985-1987), India (1986, 1993), and Swaziland (1990). He received several awards, including a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), a Recognition Award from the Canadian Teachers Federation (1981), and life membership in the Canadian Educational Association. He died on 16 March 2001.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 2001.

We thank James Arnett for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 October 2021

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