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Memorable Manitobans: Lawrence Stanley “Stan” Smith (1905-1986)

School inspector.

Born at Maskawata on 17 September 1905, he received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba (1937) and an MA degree from the University of Minnesota (1951). He taught at Rennie School (1925-1926) and other rural schools prior to the Second World War then served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1948, he was appointed Inspector of Technical Schools for the Province of Manitoba, responsible for the operation of the Manitoba Technical Institute, forerunner of Red River College. He was later a School Inspector based at Norwood, serving there until 1966, then he worked in the Manitoba Department of Education until retirement in 1970. On 2 July 1931, he married Ida May Fitzsimmons (?-1969) at Carberry. They had a daughter, Marlene Smith Mitchell. He remarried after his wife’s death. He died at Winnipeg on 14 July 1986 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

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

“Manitoban gets Minnesota degree,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1951, page 3.

Obituary [Ida May Smith], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 September 1969, page 48.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1986, page 48.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 January 2017

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