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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Osborne “Frank” “Oz” Norman (1913-2004)


Born at Winnipeg on 2 November 1913, son of Frank Robert Victor Norman (1887-1975) and Mary Alice Osborne, he attended Wesley College and Central Normal School, graduating with his teaching certificate. He later earned BSc (1945) and BEd (1957) degrees from the University of Manitoba. During the Second World War, he served as a Pilot Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force and rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant, and went on to work 12 years in the Air Force Reserves as an Educational Officer. He was Principal of Birds Hill School (1937-1941) and Green Ridge School (1945) before working three decades in the Winnipeg School Division, teaching at Pinkham School (1945-1947), David Livingstone School (1948-1949), Strathcona School (1949-1952), and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (1952-1979), the last from which he retired. On 6 October 1943, he married Mary Margaret Wells (?-1994). They had no children. He died at Oakview Place in Winnipeg on 3 December 2004.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Engagement notics [Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Wells ...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 September 1943, page 12.

“1,465 to deceive degrees, diplomas or certificates [Bachelor of Science],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1949, page 8.

“Wednesday is the big day for these university gradutes [Bachelor of Education],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1958, page 17.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 December 2004, page 18.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 4 October 2017

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