Memorable Manitobans: Otto Arnold Schmidt (1918-2005)
Born at Winnipeg on 20 May 1918 to Karolina Arnold (1897-1982) and Jacob Schmidt (1889-1948), he received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1941. After serving overseas in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1943-1946), he returned to the university to complete his education in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1948.
Besides carrying on his medical practice in Winnipeg, he served the community as President of the Manitoba Medical Association (1969-1970), Winnipeg General Hospital Medical Staff, Family Planning Association of Manitoba, and Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. He was also a founding member of the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation and a full professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manitoba.
He was married twice, first on 11 April 1946 to Annie Belle Jordan (1918-1992) of Chatham, Ontario, with whom he had three children. They later divorced and he married Barbara Lee Honey Allemang (1925-2000) of Elmira, Ontario.
He died at New Westminster, British Columbia on 1 February 2005.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Major O. A. Schmidt wed to former nursing sister,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 1946, page 11.
Obituary [Annie Belle Schmidt], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 October 1992, page 43.
“Otto Arnold Schmidt”, Schmidt Family Tree, Ancestry.
Page revised: 3 September 2022