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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Henry Alexander Gray (1917-2010)


Born at Winnipeg on 30 June 1917, son of Harry Gray (c1886-1965) and Alice Alexander Gray (?-1965), he was educated at East Kildonan and went on to earn a BSc, BEd, and MEd from the University of Manitoba. He began teaching at Roblin School, after which he returned to East Kildonan and taught at Polson School. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Engineers (1941-1945) and earned the rank of Lieutenant. Wounded overseas, he returned home in 1945 and resumed teaching, at East Kildonan Collegiate, Laura Secord School, and Gordon Bell School (1952-1959). He was Principal of Lord Wolseley School (1959-1961), after which he taught at Kelvin High School (1961-1962), and Sisler High School (1962-1963), where he was Vice-Principal (1963-1978). He married Dora Teresa Ritchey (1918-2011) at Winnipeg in 1951 and had one daughter. He died at the Victoria General Hospital on 28 August 2010 and he was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“City briefs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 1942, page 10.

“Alice M. Rowan now becomes Mrs. L.W. Wiley,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 December 1942, page 7.

“Teachers and Principals are listed for 1952-1953 Term in Winnipeg Schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 Aug 1952, page 12.

“School Board announces administration changes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1963, page 7.

Obituary [Alice Alexander Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1965, page 26.

Obituary [Harry Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1965, page 26.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 2010.

Obituary [Dora Teresa Gray], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 2011, page B15.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 8 September 2014

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