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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Tryggvi “Tom” Oleson (1946-2012)

Journalist.

Born at Winnipeg in 1946, son of Tryggvi J. Oleson and Elva Hulda Eyford, he studied archaeology and anthropology at the University of Manitoba. In 1967, he began a life-long career in journalism at the Winnipeg Free Press, starting as copy boy and later holding a number of position, including literary editor. He became a member of the editorial board in 1974. He was best known for his editorials and columns. A colleague noted that “he had no qualms about being politically incorrect, and what he believed, he believed fiercely.” He served a term as President of the Winnipeg Press Club (1983). He died at Winnipeg on 17 May 2012.

Sources:

“Oleson made world more interesting,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 May 2012, page A12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 May 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 November 2014

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