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Memorable Manitobans: Jon Kristinn Laxdal (1900-1971)

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Born at Husavir, Iceland on 6 October 1900, son of Grimmer Laxdal, his family immigrated to Canada and homesteaded in Saskatchewan where he was educated. He came to Manitoba to work as a school teacher at Gimli School (1929-1932) then was the Principal of Ardal School (1932-1935) and Gimli School (1935-1947). In September 1947, he joined the staff of the Manitoba Normal School and became its Vice-Principal in July 1952. He became an Associate Professor with the Department of Education at the University of Manitoba in 1965 and retired the following year. He moved to Kelowna, British Columbia and later moved to Vancouver where he died on 20 September 1971 and was buried in the Gimli Cemetery.


Normal Lights, 1950 Manitoba Normal School, page 9. [Copy in possession of Gordon Goldsborough]

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

A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 September 1971, page 41.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2016

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