Memorable Manitobans: Carl Leo Pokrant (1908-1992)
Educator, school inspector.
Born at Rosenfeld on 25 June 1908, one of fifteen children of Ferdinand and Leocadia Pokrant, brother of Gus Pokrant, he was educated at Rosenfeld School, Steinbach School, and Winkler School. He received BA (1938) and BEd (1944) degrees from the University of Manitoba. He taught at Rosenfeld School (1933-1934, 1938-1948), St. Elizabeth School (1938-1940), Blumenfeld School (1940-1942), Altona School (1948-1951), and Emerson School (1951-1953).
In August 1953, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, serving at the Interlake School Division (1953-1957) and Agassiz School Division (1957-1973). At Agassiz, he was active in rural school consolidation and served as the initial Chair of the Division-based school board. He served as President of the Manitoba School Inspectors Association (1968-1969) and as a member of the Manitoba Educational Association. He retired in 1973 and received a Meritorious Service Award from the Manitoba government.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
“B. Scott Bateman to assume post as Deputy Minister of Education,” Steinbach Carillon News, 1 May 1953, page 8.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1992, page C8.
We thank Art Wiebe for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 August 2014
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