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Memorable Manitobans: Phyllis Lorraine Middleton (1895-1950)

Educator, speech therapist.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 April 1895, daughter of footwear merchant Horace George Middleton (1863-1943, remarried to Mrs. Caroline Fisher) and Jennie Rothwell (1867-1915), she was educated at Somerset School and St. Mary’s Academy before leaving for Evanston, Illinois in September 1916 where she trained at the Kindergarten Teachers’ College. Returning to Winnipeg, she joined the teaching staff of the Winnipeg School Division on 1 September 1920 and was Principal of the Ellen Street Kindergarten (1920-1922), afterwards working in the classroom at Riverview School (1922-1926) and Greenway School (1926-1938) before being appointed Supervisor of the newly established Speech Therapy Department (1938-1950), and holding the position until her death. She also taught evening courses locally and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her research in the field garnered her national recognition. She died at her Winnipeg residence, Suite 2 - 57 Carlton Street, on 18 December 1950 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Boots and shoes [H.G. Middleton & Co.],” Manitoba Free Press, 12 November 1903, page 25.

“Personal and social [Horace G. Fisher and Mrs. R.B. Fisher],” Manitoba Free Press, 23 September 1916, page 10.

“Many appointments of teaching staffs,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 July 1920, page 7.

“Do you remember? Twenty years ago today,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1936, page 10.

“Deaf pupils are aided,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 1939, page 25.

Obituary [Horace George Middleton], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 September 1943, page 2.

“Tea and programme to honor international hearing week,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1944, page 11.

“Miss Middleton finds stutterers intelligent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1945, page 11.

“[Miss Phyllis Middleton],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 June 1947, page 10.

Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1950, page 23.

“Speech therapist Phyllis Middleton buried Thursday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1950, page 9.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 December 2020

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