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Memorable Manitobans: Graham Spry (1900-1983)

Click to enlargeEditor, reporter, newspaper publisher, author, lobbyist, diplomat,corporate executive.

Born at St. Thomas, Ontario, he served in the ranks in the First World War and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in 1922. The gold medallist at the University, he was appointed a Rhodes Scholar and attended University College, Oxford. He worked on the staff of the Free Press even before his graduation. In the early 1930s he was a leading advocate of public broadcasting in Canada and has been called the “Father of the CBC.” He served in a variety of international administrative capacities before becoming personal assistant (1942-45) to British statesman and politician Sir Stafford Cripps. He later became a member of the Board of Broadcast Governors (1958-67) and the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (1968-1972).

See also:

An Interview with Graham Spry, 1972 by Michael Dupuis
Manitoba History, Number 51, February 2006.

Passion and Conviction: The Letters of Graham Spry edited by Rose Potvin (1992).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 March 2013

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