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Memorable Manitobans: Jasper Halpenny (1869-1930)

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Listowel, Ontario on 23 October 1869, son of Richard and Elizabeth Halpenny, he came with his family to Manitoba in 1880 and was educated at Neepawa School. He taught at Stoney Creek School (1888-1889) and was Principal of the MacGregor Intermediate School (1889-1891). He was educated at the University of Manitoba (BA 1894), Manitoba Medical College (MD 1900), and John Hopkins Medical College (Baltimore), afterward establishing a medical practise at Winnipeg. He was Medical Superintendent of the Winnipeg General Hospital (four years) and a lecturer in clinical surgery at the Manitoba Medical College.

He served as President of the Winnipeg Medical Society, Secretary and President (1913-1914) of the Manitoba Medical Association, a member of the council for the University of Manitoba (1907-1917), a member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Surgeons (1923), First Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons (1915), Professor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery, and Director of the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

On 6 January 1912, he married Lilian B. Brown. They had three sons: David L. Halpenny, Leonard C. Halpenny, and Lloyd J. Halpenny. He wrote How to be Healthy jointly with his wife and also wrote biographies of prominent men between the Great Lakes and the Rocky Mountains, for work published by Dr. Howard A. Kelly, Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, Masons, and Scientific Club of Winnipeg. His recreations included football, tennis, and rifle practice. He served as President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association.

He died at Winnipeg on 19 December 1930 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Halpenny House (6 East Gate, Winnipeg)


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. J. Halpenny, noted Winnipeg surgeon, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1930, page 3.

“Dr. Jasper Halpenny dies in 62nd year,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 December 1930, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2019

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