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Memorable Manitobans: Olafur Stephensen (1864-1939)


Born at Holt, Iceland on 22 December 1864, he graduated in medicine from the University of Reykjavik. He took postgraduate work at the University of Copenhagen and emigrated to Canada in 1893, becoming the first Icelandic physician in the country. He attended the Manitoba Medical College for a year and graduated in 1895. He practiced medicine in Winnipeg for the remainder of his career, interrupted only by service in the Canadian Army Medical Corp from 1916 to 1918. On 4 February 1896, he married Margaret Stefansdottir at Winnipeg. They had four daughters and three sons. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the IOOF. He died at his Winnipeg home, 162 Sherburn Street, on 17 July 1939 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Attestation Papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

“Veteran doctor dies, aged 74,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1939. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Melissa Stephensen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 August 2015

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