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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Peter “Dan” Snidal (1921-1998)

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Born at Winnipeg on 14 January 1921, son of Jon and Anne Snidal, he attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate then enlisted in the Canadian Army during the Second World War, serving in the United Kingdom, Italy, and and Western Europe. Following his military discharge, he entered the University of Manitoba and received MD (1952) and MSc (1956) degrees. He did a residency in internal medicine at the Winnipeg General Hospital (1952-1955) then was a researcher at Deer Lodge Hospital (1955-1956) and Johns Hopkins Hospital (1956-1957).

He was Head of the Department of Continuing Medical Education (1962-1987) and Associate Dean of Medicine (1967-1993) at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, President of the Medical Staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital (1966-1967), and Director of the Respiratory Laboratory at the St. Boniface General Hospital (1958-1974) and the Deer Lodge Hospital (1957-1995). He was active with the Canadian Heart Foundation (1963-1973) and Manitoba Heart Foundation (1963-1973), and he was host of CKND television’s “Ask the Doctor” series (1977-1987). He retired in 1993.

He was involved with the Canadian Army Militia from 1948 to 1987 and was a member of the University of Manitoba Senate (1967-1993). He was founder and Commodore of the Gimli Yacht Club (1969-1972), President of the Manitoba Army Cadet League (1992-1995), and Director (1977-1993) and President (1987-1993) of the Manitoba Medical College Foundation. He also served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1976).

In recognition of his community service, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He died at Winnipeg on 19 April 1998.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1998, page 44.

We thank Jim Anderson for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2014

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