Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Schwartz (1923-2016)
Dental surgeon, civil servant, community activist.
Born at Ashern on 22 June 1923, son of Harry Schwartz (1886-1957) and Clara Bloomfield (1886-1987), brother of Joe Schwartz, he attended school locally before moving to Winnipeg at the age of 16, where he attended United College and the University of Manitoba. He later went to the University of Toronto where he received a doctorate in Dental Surgery degree in 1945. During the Second World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Army Dental Corps, from 1944 to 1947 with the rank of Captain, and with the militia from 1948 to 1957 with the rank of Major.
He had a private dental practice at Kenora (Ontario) from 1947 to 1955, was Director of Dental Services for the Manitoba Department of Health from 1955 to 1958, then returned to private practice at Kenora and Winnipeg from 1958 to 1971. He returned to the civil service from 1971 to 1977 with the Manitoba Health and Welfare Medical Services Branch. After a brief period at Ottawa (1977-1978), he became Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, serving from 1978 to 1989. He was then Director of Community Dentistry (1989-1991) and Associate Director of Professional Service at the Canadian Dental Association at Ottawa (1991-1993). He received a number of awards for his service, including the title of Dean Emeritus from the University of Manitoba.
He was active in the Kinsmen Club (National President), Conservative Party of Manitoba (Executive Director, running unsuccessfully in the 1966 general election), Easter Seals Canada (Board member), St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, Kenora School Board, and Keewatin Town Council. In 1985, he was inducted into the North West Ontario Sports Hall of Fame for his involvement with the Kenora Thistles hockey club.
He died at Winnipeg on 20 January 2016.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 2016.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 2 January 2018
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