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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Bruce Moorhead (1889-1951)

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D. Bruce Moorhead
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Manitou on 26 June 1889, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Moorhead, he was educated at Midland School and Manitou Collegiate before receiving science and education degrees from the University of Manitoba. He served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and was wounded at Vimy Ridge.

Returning from military service overseas, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree (1924) and, for a short time, did extension work with the Manitoba Department of Agriculture. He then attended the Winnipeg Normal School (1926-1927) to obtain a teachers’ certificate.

From 1927 to 1937, he taught school at Emerson, serving as Principal from 1930. He left Emerson to become School Superintendent at Flin Flon and was appointed a School Inspector in the Dauphin area in 1937. Two years later, he was given a leave of absence to serve as Director of Dominion-Provincial Youth Training for Manitoba, during which he organized the Provincial Youth Training Program. He then returned to his job as an Inspector, being assigned to High School Inspection during 1941-1942. For the last nine years of his life, he was Principal of the Provincial Normal School at Tuxedo, being responsible for establishing its facility in Tuxedo, in 1946. He was succeeded in the position by Robert W. Lightly. He was a member of the Masons and Knox United Church.

He died at Winnipeg on 28 September 1951 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

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

“D. B. Moorhead new head of Normal School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1942, page 3.

“D. B. Moorhead, Normal School principal dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 September 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

“R. W. Lightly named principal of Normal School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1951. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2014

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