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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Melbourne Lapp (1922-2006)

Engineer, agriculturalist.

Born on a farm at Alameda, Saskatchewan on 2 February 1922, son of William and Magdalina Lapp, he completed grade 12 then stayed on the farm for about a year before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force, in 1942. Following his return from military duty, he enrolled in the engineering program at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 1949. The following year, he began working for the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) at Weyburn then, in 1951, he became an extension engineer with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture. He joined the staff of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 1953 and eventually served for ten years as Department Head. He retired in July 1986. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 2 March 2006. He was posthumously inducted into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 2006.

We thank Richard Lapp for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2016

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