Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans: Murray Rhodes Smith (1930-2002)

Click to enlarge

No photo available
Click to enlarge

Educator.

Born at Winnipeg in 1930, son of Charles Rhodes Smith and Luella Gertrude Lick, he held degrees from the University of Manitoba, University of London and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes scholar. As an undergraduate he was editor of The Manitoban and he later served on the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba, an institution to which he remained devoted throughout his life, endowing and contributing to several scholarships.

During his career with the Winnipeg School Division he worked as a teacher of mathematics, a Vice-Principal of Isaac Newton School (1965-1966), Deputy Assistant Superintendent of schools and a guidance counsellor. He fought for better pay, pensions and working conditions for his colleagues, through the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), the Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba (RTAM) and the Canadian Association of Retired Teachers (CART), serving terms as President of each. He served as Chair of the Manitoba Council of Aging, at the Manitoba Society of Seniors (MSOS), and at Creative Retirement, as an advocate, author of many articles, and a voluntary tax advisor. He served for 12 years on the Board of the Health Sciences Centre, two years as part-time Chair, and consistently followed and contributed to debates on the health caresystem. A devoted athlete in his later years, he participated in marathons and triathlons.

In recognition of his community service, he was inducted in the Order of Manitoba and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).

He died on 15 December 2002.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 2002.

“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, pages A8-A9.

Official Register of the Order of Manitoba.

We thank Marta Smith for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2019

Memorable Manitobans

Memorable Manitobans

This is a collection of noteworthy Manitobans from the past, compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Search the collection by word or phrase, name, place, occupation or other text:

Custom Search

Browse surnames beginning with:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z | 2017


Send corrections and additions to the Memorable Manitobans Administrator at biographies@mhs.mb.ca

Criteria for Memorable Manitobans | Suggest a Memorable Manitoban  | Our Inspiration | Acknowledgements

Support the MHS and

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.