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Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Roy Low (1915-2001)


Born in Winnipeg on 30 May 1915, the youngest of eight children of Andrew Low and Mary Helen Taylor, he was educated in the Moosehorn district. After attending the Winnipeg Normal School (1934-1935) then taught in country schools until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Radar Division in 1941. He served in the military until 1946 and attained the rank of Flight Lieutenant, teaching radar at Clinton, Ontario and going to Germany on disarmament before the end of the war.

He then attended the University of Manitoba and, in 1950, earned a BSc honours degree in Mathematics and Physics. He moved to Toronto, Ontario and taught at the Ryerson Institute of Technology. He returned to Winnipeg in 1963 as the first Principal of the newly-established Manitoba Institute of Technology (now Red River College). He held that position until 1970 and then became involved with implementation of the metric system by the Province of Manitoba. He spent a year (1976) in Zambia as Inspector of Colleges.

In 1941, he married Florence “Elsie” Bains (1917-2016) and they had a son and a daughter.

He died at Winnipeg on 16 August 2001.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 2001.

“We will not forget them,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2001, page B3.

Obituary [Florence Low], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 2016, page 31.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 July 2021

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