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Memorable Manitobans: Gregory Novak (1888-1961)


Born in Western Ukraine, he came to Saskatchewan with his parents in 1908. He later moved to Winnipeg, where he attended Manitoba College and the University of Manitoba before taking pre-medical training at the University of Alberta. In 1919 he graduated from McGill, the first Ukrainian to do so. He came to Winnipeg in 1920 and was prominent as head of St. Joseph’s Maternity Ward. He was active with the Red Cross.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 12 April 2008

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