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Memorable Manitobans: Clarence Ebblewhite Smith (c1906-1980)


Born in England, he received a BSc degree from the University of London (1925) and a teacher’s diploma from Cambridge University (1926). He taught school in England and the West Indies and, from 1936 to 1940, was a lecturer and research assistant in the Department of Higher Degrees and Research of the University of London’s Institute of Education. He came to Canada and took MA and Doctor of Paedagogy degrees from the University of Toronto.

He was an instructor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba when, in 1943, he was appointed the first Director of the School of Social Work. He served in the position until 1953 when he became Dean of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Two years later, he became MacDonald Professor of Education, serving for three years before joining the faculty of the University of British Columbia in 1958, the same year that he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Manitoba. He retired in 1971.

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 2 January 1980.


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

“Educator dies”, UBC Reports, Volume 26, Number 1, 9 January 1980.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 March 2011

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