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


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.


“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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