Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Jenkins Perry (1875-1952)
Born in New Brunswick on 28 November 1875, son of George Whitefield Perry and Lucy Jane Jenkins, he received degrees from Acadia University and Yale University then taught at a high school in Victoria, British Columbia and at Okanagan College.
In 1912, he came to Winnipeg to join the English Department of the University of Manitoba. Appointed Head of the Department in 1930, he stepped down five years later to focus on his teaching and research on Middle English. He was a member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg, and President of the Dickens Fellowship and the Winnipeg branch of the Canadian Authors’ Association. He served on the executive of the Poetry Club and was a member of the Modern Language Association of America. He and wife Jennie Mary Parent (1896-1981) had no children.
He retired from the University in 1941 and moved with his wife to Victoria, British Columbia in 1945, where he died on 7 January 1952.
Death registrations [Aaron Jenkins Perry, Jennie Mary Perry], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Prof. A. J. Perry,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]
“Former English professor here dies at Victoria,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1952. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B10]
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 August 2022