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Memorable Manitobans: John Wesley Shipley (1878-1943)

Educator, chemist.

Born on the family farm at Wavy Bank on 14 February 1878, son of Martin Shipley and Sarah Thompson, brother of William T. Shipley, he attended Good Hope School and the Winnipeg Collegiate (1896) then was the Principal of Shoal Lake School (1899-1900) before returning to Winnipeg to complete his education, receiving a BA degree from the University of Manitoba in 1908. He taught school in southern Alberta for a couple of years then attended Harvard University, receiving a doctoral degree in 1913. He was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Ohio State University (1913-1916), the Manitoba Agricultural College (1916-1919), and the University of Manitoba (1919-1930). In 1930, he was appointed Professor and Head of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. He served there until retirement in 1942. He married Grace Muriel Mahon (?-1943) in 1911 and they had four children: John H. Shipley, George R. Shipley, Shirley Shipley, and Ruth Shipley. He died at Edmonton, Alberta on 1 July 1943 following a lengthy illness.


“Wavybank,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 April 1896, page 3.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Dr. J. W. Shipley to retire,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 1942, page 7.

“Mrs. John W. Shipley dies in Edmonton,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 March 1943, page 4.

“Dr. J. W. Shipley dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1943, page 17.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

Who’s Who at the University of Alberta, 1919-1939 by Bryan Corbett, 1993, page 134.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2014

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