Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Franklin “Frank” Kerr (1904-1987)
Educator, school inspector.
Born near Ninette on 6 August 1904, he was educated at Delta School, Ninette School, Belmont Consolidated School, and the Regina Normal School. Then he taught at a rural school near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. He received a BA degree from Brandon College (1932), a Collegiate Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan (1933), and a BEd from the University of Manitoba (1947). He taught at Killarney High School before becoming Principal of the Carman Collegiate (1936-1938). In 1938, he was appointed a School Inspector, serving for 31 years at Roblin, Morden, Dauphin, and Winnipeg. He retired in 1970.
On 21 July 1934, he was married by Rev. Stanley Knowles to Joyce Elizabeth Christine Dennis (1909-?) and they had two sons. During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1945. From 1956 to 1958, he was in charge of the No. 4 Fighter Wing Resident’s School at Baden-Soellingen, West Germany. He was a member of the Manitoba Education Advisory Committee (1959-1969), Manitoba School Inspectors’ Association (President, 1951), Westworth United Church, and Winnipeg Schoolmasters’ Club.
He died at Winnipeg on 12 May 1987 and was buried in the Ninette Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 May 1987, page 50.
Obituary [Joyce Elizabeth Christine Kerr], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 2000.
We thank Susan Sienema for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 November 2022