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Memorable Manitobans: Steven Saul Rifkin (c1931-2021)


Born at Selkirk around 1931, son of Harry Rifkin (c1893-1973) and Freda Rifkin (?-1963), he married Barbara Ann Permack at Rosh Pina Synagogue on 19 August 1956. He received a BA degree from United College and a BEd degree (1961) from the University of Manitoba, and took post-graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. As a teacher, he served as the Principal of Napinka School (1953-1954), Vice-Principal of Selkirk Collegiate (?-?), and a teacher (1959-1963, Chemistry and Science), Vice-Principal (1963-1964), and Principal (1964-1968) of Transcona Collegiate. He also was the founder and Night Principal of Transcona’s first Adult Education School (1963-?) and Principal of Wayoata School (1968-1969) and Regent Park School (1969-1975). He died at the Grace Hospital on 3 April 2021.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Engagements, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1956, page 35.

“Bachelor of Education,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1962, page 28.

Obituary [Freda Rifkin], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1963, page 28.

“Former Selkirk man Principal at Transcona,” Selkirk Enterprise, 2 September 1964, page 1.

Obituary [Harry Rifkin], Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 1973, page 38.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 2021.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 April 2021

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