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Memorable Manitobans: Howard John McDermid (1885-1920)

Physician, educator.

Born in the United States in March 1885, son of Duncan W. McDermid and Mary E. Lorenzen, he came to Manitoba at the age of 5 years. He was educated at the Manitoba College where he was a member of the rowing, hockey and football teams. He graduated from the Manitoba Medical College and when his father died in 1909, he took over as Principal of the Deaf and Dumb School.

On 21 July 1913, he married Betty Winnifred McKinnon at Winnipeg. They had two children. He was a member of the Manitoba Club and the St. Charles Country Club. He was a keen golfer and curler, a member of the Strathcona Curling Club, and had a lodge on Lake Manitoba.

He drowned at Fox Lake, Ontario on 6 August 1920 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Dr. Howard M’Dermid is drowning victim,” newspaper clipping dated 9 August 1920. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B7]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 November 2014

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