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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Wellington Kenny (c1879-1951)


Born at Ottawa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kenny, he was trained in medicine and surgery at McGill University, graduating in 1903. He took a two-year postgraduate medical course at New York then moved to Winnipeg. During the First World War, he went overseas as a medical officer with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Afterwards, he was a medical officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1920 to 1947 and surgeon with the Canadian Pacific Railway from 1919 to 1944.

He was married to Harriett H. Howell (1879-1949), daughter of H. M. Howell. He was a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Winnipeg Jockey Club, and a Past President of the Winnipeg Horticultural Society.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 1144 Grosvenor Avenue, on 24 October 1951 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


“Dr. R. W. Kenny, prominent surgeon, dies at home”, Winnipeg Tribune, 27 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2010

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