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Memorable Manitobans: John McKechnie Isbister (1911-1975)

Engineer.

Born at Winnipeg on 7 October 1911, son of lawyer Claude Isbister and Margaret Ethel McKechnie, grandson of John McKechnie, he received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba then joined the staff of Vulcan Iron Works. He served successively as Plant Superintendent (1938), Assistant General Manager (1942), and General Manager (1945), succeeding John D. McDonald in the latter role. On 27 July 1940, he married Jean Adeline Church (1915-2000, granddaughter of A. D. Rankin) and they had two sons and two daughters. He was a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 24 March 1975.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1940, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 March 1975, page 45.

Obituary [Jean Adeline Isbister], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 2000, page 39.

We thank Alan and Janis Brackman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2016

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