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Memorable Manitobans: Duncan Hector Stewart (1912-1999)

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Duncan Hector Stewart
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Deepdale on 17 October 1912, son of Daniel Stewart and Isabella McKinnon, he was educated at Sunny Slope School and Makaroff School, after which he worked on the family farm for five years. In 1934, he began studies at United College, obtaining a BA degree in 1938. He then returned to the farm for a year before briefly resuming his education at the University of Manitoba.

He taught at Erickson School (1940-1941) then was Principal of Wawanesa School (1942-1948) and Virden School (1948-1953). In August 1953, he was appointed a Manitoba School Inspector, based at Killarney then, two years later, was transferred to the Transcona-North Kildonan area. In 1969, he became coordinator for the region east of the Red River, serving until the inspectorate system was discontinued. During this period, he received BEd (1949) and MEd degrees from the University of Manitoba. He retired in 1978, then lectured for a year at the University of Manitoba.

He served as President of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (1952-1953), from which he received a certificate of recognition in May 1994.

He died at Winnipeg on 18 July 1999 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1916 Canada census, Ancestry.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“New school inspectors,” Roblin Review, 30 April 1953, page 1.

The History of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society by Haraldur Victor Vidal, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1958.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1999, page 31.

We thank Mireille Theriault (Manitoba Teachers’ Society) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2019

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