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Memorable Manitobans: David Alfred Patterson (1891-1974)

Educator, author.

Born near Moffat, Ontario on 13 July 1891, he moved to Winnipeg and there married Georgina Mary McKinstry (c1895-1983) on 9 April 1921. The couple had two children. He joined the staff of the Winnipeg School Division and taught at St. John’s Technical High School (1921-1931), during which time he co-wrote science texts with C. A. E. Hensley and Miss Olive Armstrong entitled Science, Indoors and Out (circa 1930). He went on to be Principal of Victoria-Albert School (1931-1949) and Hugh John Macdonald Junior High School (1949-1956) before returning to the classroom at Churchill High School (1956-1961). He retired in the summer of 1961.

For his contributions as an educator and author, he was awarded the Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. In 1971 he co-authored with A. L. Crossin the book Next Stop, Winnitoba! The Story of a Summer Resort which received Honourable Mention in the Margaret McWilliams Awards for 1973. He was a member of Bethesda Church and the St. Vital Curling Club, as well as an avid outdoors-man and photography enthusiast.

He died at Winnipeg on 12 December 1974 and was buried in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“School broadcast aims outlined at convention,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1949, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 December 1974, page 43.

Obituary [Georgina Mary Patterson], Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1983, page 51.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 30 January 2018

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