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Memorable Manitobans: Grace Anne Stewart (1892-1970)


Born at Minnedosa on 4 August 1892, one of six children of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Crerar (1854-1906) and John Stewart (1850-1937), cousin of Thomas Alexander Crerar, she graduated from the Minnedosa South School. In 1918, she received a BA degree in Geology from the University of Alberta, the first woman in Canada to receive such a degree, and followed it with a Masters degree in Geology from the University of Alberta (1920) and a PhD degree in Geology from the University of Chicago (1922).

While completing her education, she spent summers working for the Research Council of Alberta (1919-1920) and Geological Survey of Canada (1921-1922). In 1923, she became an instructor at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, remaining there until early retirement in 1954. She was a specialist in Devonian and Silurian fossils, especially in the microfossils and invertebrates of Ohio. During the Second World War, she worked as a geographer in the Office of Strategic Services at Washington, DC.

In retirement, she lived at Tucson, Arizona where she died on 15 October 1970. She is commemorated by a speaker series at the University of Alberta.


Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Memorial to Grace Anne Stewart 1893-1970” by Edmund M. Spieker, Geological Society of America Memorials, Volume 3, 1973, pages 110-114.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and John Perrin.

Page revised: 15 February 2021

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