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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Coyne Rowell (1870-c1942)

College lecturer.

Born at London, Ontario in December 1870, daughter of Joseph and Nancy Green Rowell, sister of politician Newton W. Rowell (co-chair of the Rowell-Sirois Commission), she was educated at thte Ontario Ladies’ College (Whitby, Ontario), Victoria College, and the University of Toronto. She did postgraduate work at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and spent nineteen months in Europe studying French and German. She also attended the University of Munich. She served as President of the Victoria College YWCA from 1897 to 1898 and was a member of the Alumnae Association of Victoria College and University Women’s Club of Toronto. She came to Manitoba in 1910 and lectured in French at Wesley College, later serving as the first Dean of Women, and helping to construct the first residence for women at the college.


1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

“Plan memorial scholarships in the honor of two women”, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1942, page 8.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2010

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