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.
Page revised: 15 February 2021