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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander Munroe Penrose (1892-1948)


Born in Kildonan on 12 November 1892, son of James Penrose and Marion Munroe, he worked as a civil engineer on projects in Manitoba, Canada and the United States. After attending Manitoba College and the University of Manitoba where he graduated in 1922, he spent seven years on the boar of the Manitoba Good Roads Association and six years with the Highways Branch of the Manitoba Public Works Department. He was also a field engineer for the Canadian Ingot Iron Company and worked on the construction of the breakwater between Key West and mainland Florida.

He and his wife, Mary MacDonald, shared two children, Donald and Marion. He was a long-time member of the Manitoba Professional Engineers Association. He died on 28 January 1948 and was buried in Assiniboine Memorial Park Cemetery.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“J. A. M. Penrose, Engineer, Dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1948. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10, page 4]

This page was prepared by Sarah Ramsden.

Page revised: 28 September 2012

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