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Memorable Manitobans: Milton Carman Holden (1903-1975)


Born at Racine, Wisconsin on 18 February 1903, he was educated at the Boissevain High School, Manitou Normal School, Central Normal School, and University of Manitoba. He taught school in Manitoba for seven years before joining the Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, serving as Branch Manager in Winnipeg from 1933 to 1936, Manager of British Columbia offices from 1936 to 1948, General Manager at Winnipeg in 1948, Managing Director in 1949, President from 1960 to 1971, and Chairman of the Board in 1971.

He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Brandon University, a committee member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation, governor of the Manitoba Planetarium and the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature; a director of the Manitoba Heart Foundation, Indian-Eskimo Association of Canada, and Indian Métis Friendship Centre; member of the Board of Management of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, and the first Chairman of the Manitoba Institute of Management. He received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University in 1967, and a Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society in 1970. He was given a Manitoba Golden Boy Award in 1968.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 27 February 1975.


“10 Manitobans get Golden Boy Awards,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 November 1968.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1975.

“M. C. Holden,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 1975.

Death registration, BC Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 June 2019

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