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Memorable Manitobans: John Edward Hudson (1917-2003)


Born at Hamiota on 6 February 1917, son of Dr. Edward Dunbar Hudson (1871-1964) and May Alice Fraser (1882-1967), he graduated with an MD from the University of Manitoba in 1941. An old-fashioned family doctor, “Dr Ed” was the driving force behind the establishment of the Hamiota Health Centre. This centre has become the model for the practice of rural health care in Manitoba.

During the Second World War, he joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1942) and served in Canada, the south Pacific, and England. He was a mentor of many physicians in the province. He served as President of the Manitoba Medical Association (1956-1957) and President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1971). In 1981, he was featured in a CBC documentary about the life of small town country doctor.

In recognition of his meritorious community service, he received a Manitoba Centennial Medal from the Manitoba Historical Society (1970) and a Manitoba Good Citizenship Award (1978). He was inducted into the Order of Canada (2001) and received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

He died at Hamiota on 19 May 2003.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dr. John Hudson Monument (Hamiota, Municipality of Hamiota)


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Edward Dunbar Hudson], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 December 1964, page 24.

Obituary [Alice May Hudson], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 1967, page 24.

Hamiota: Grains of the Century, 1884-1984. Hamiota Centennial History Committee, 1984. Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.H34.

University of Manitoba, Members of the Order of Canada.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 2003.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2022

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