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Memorable Manitobans: Donald Cameron McGavin (1914-1998)


Born at Carman on 15 July 1914, son of Andrew E. McGavin and Margaret MacAulay (1882-1969), he received an Arts and Science (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba (1936) and a law degree from the Manitoba Law School (1940). He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and, after training in Canada, was stationed at Yorkshire, England where he served as a navigator aboard a bomber. In 1945, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his military discharge in 1945, he worked with his maternal uncle John A. MacAulay at the Winnipeg law firm that, at the time of his partnership, was known as Aikins, MacAulay, Moffat, Dickson, Hinch & McGavin. He was involved in the formation of F. P. Publications (1959) and in the transition of United College into the University of Winnipeg (1967). He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1957. He joined INCO in 1968 and moved to Toronto, Ontario, later becoming its Corporate Secretary. He served as a director of F. P. Publications, Globe and Mail, and the Thomson Group. He died at Toronto on 24 December 1998.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1998, page 37.

This page was prepared by James Arnett and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 March 2017

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