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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Rosalind Johnson “Ros” Robertson (1931-2018)

Urban planner.

Born at Winnipeg in 1931, youngest of three daughters of Marie and Ken Johnson, she was educated at Grosvenor School and Rupert’s Land College before attending the University of Manitoba where she received degrees in Architecture and City Planning. In 1956, she was hired as an architect for Winnipeg’s planning division, rising to become Chief City Planner. She later received degrees in Fine Arts (University of British Columbia, Alfred University, and SUNY New Paltz). She was married twice, first in the late 1950s to Peter Forbes (?-?) who abandoned her and their infant son, and later to Alexander Robertson. She died at Woodstock, New York on 26 March 2018.

Sources:

Obituary [Alexander Robertson], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1985, page 44.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 May 2018.

“The shape of things to come,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2018

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