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Memorable Manitobans: Valentine Louise Kolson “Val” Smyth (1938-2015)


Born at Winnipeg on 14 February 1938 (Valentine’s Day), daughter of John J. Kolson, she attended Strathcona School, Isaac Newton School, and United College, receiving BA degree from the latter in 1958. She began teaching at Neepawa then returned to Winnipeg to teach at Sisler High School, where she met her future husband, John C. Smyth. They married on 29 October 1960 and had two children. In 1970 she returned to work in the Winnipeg School Division, first as a guidance counsellor then as an administrator. Her last position prior to retirement was as Principal of Isaac Brock School (1992-1997). She was active in the Junior League of Winnipeg, Status of Women Committee, and Retired Teachers Association of Manitoba. She died at Winnipeg on 9 June 2015.


“Engagements,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 October 1960, page 10.

“Showers honor Saturday bride,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1960, page 12.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 2015, page A34.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 September 2015

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