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Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Warren “Doug” Ruth (1948-2021)

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Douglas W. Ruth
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Engineer, administrator.

Born in Manitoba on 16 October 1948, son of Warren Wilner Ruth (1921-2013) and Betty Doreen Maple (1923-2020), he received BSc (1970) and MSc (1972) degrees from the University of Manitoba and a PhD degree from the University of Waterloo. He spent about ten years in the oil industry before returning to the university where he served as the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (?-?) and Dean of Engineering (1999-2010). He oversaw development of the old Engineering buildings into the Engineering and Information Technology Centre. He was President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2016-2017). He retired in December 2018. He died at Winnipeg on 11 January 2021, survived by a widow and three daughters.


“New Dean of Engineering appointed at U of M,” The Keystone Professional, October 1999, page 1.

Obituary [Warren Wilner Ruth], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 July 2013.

Obituary [Betty Doreen Ruth], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 2020.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 January 2021.

Past Presidents, The Canadian Academy of Engineering.

We thank David Ennis for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 January 2021

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