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Memorable Manitobans: David Reuben George “Dave” Lawson (1922-2004)


Born at Greenwich, England on 2 September 1922, he served in the Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command during the Second World War and, in 1943, took flight training under the Commonwealth Air Training Program at the Air Navigation School at Portage la Prairie. He met Dorothy Anne Park (1922-2002) during several visits to Winnipeg, whom he would later marry in England on 8 December 1947 and have two sons: Michael Lawson and Andrew Lawson. He received his Teacher’s Certificate from the University of London (1947), and they relocated to West St. Paul in 1953. He became a teacher at Norwood Collegiate / Nelson McIntyre Collegiate (1954), going on to be Vice-Principal (1967), and later, the first Principal of H. L. Softley School (1970), serving in that role until retirement in 1977. He died on 1 January 2004.


Obituary [Dorothy Anne Lawson], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 2002, page C12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 January 2004, page 29.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 22 September 2014

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