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Memorable Manitobans: Percy Albert Lanham (1911-1999)

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Educator.

Born at Regina, Saskatchewan on 21 December 1911, son of Albert and Ellen Lanham, he spent the greater part of his youth at Hamiota. An IODE scholarship enabled him to continue his post-second education at the University of Manitoba (BA 1934, MA 1935) and the Central Normal School, from which he received a teaching certificate in 1936. He taught in several rural Manitoba schools, including Balmoral School (1937-1938), until he became Vice-Principal then Principal of the Brooklands School District (1941-1955). He then taught junior high classes at Laura Secord School (1955-1960), Gordon Bell School (1960-1969), and General Wolfe School (1969-1975). He was active in coaching and organizing sports programs, especially in track and field, and speed skating. He established the Percy Lanham Foundation to provide bursaries to enable others to further their education. He died at Winnipeg, unmarried, on 14 February 1999.

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1999, page 48.

We thank J. A. Melnyk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2019

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