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Memorable Manitobans: Hanford James “Mac” MacDonald (1908-1989)

Educator, school inspector.

Born in Nova Scotia, son of Captain MacDonald, he was educated in Nova Scotia public schools and received his university education in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He taught school in Saskatchewan before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, serving until 1946. He moved to Manitoba after the Second World War where he was the Principal of Camp Shilo School (1951-1959). In 1959, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector. He and wife Bernice Wangensteen (?-2000) had two children: Elaine MacDonald Smith and George MacDonald. He died at Winnipeg on 26 November 1989.


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

“Six new school inspectors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 May 1959, page 6.

“McLean names six to inspectoral staff,” Grandview Exponent, 28 May 1959, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 1989, page 38.

Obituary [Bernice Martha MacDonald], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 February 2000, page C8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2015

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