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Memorable Manitobans: Ronald Keith Stewart-Hay (1909-1962)


Born at London, England in 1909, the only son of Emily Beatrice Stewart-Hay (c1886-1984), he came to Canada in 1921. He was educated at St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, and University of Edinburgh. He joined the academic staff of the University of Manitoba in 1940, teaching invertebrate zoology, embryology, and physiology. Outside the university, he was the biology chair of the High School Board of Examers for the Manitoba Department of Education, and an advisor to the Winnipeg Zoo. On 12 January 1938, he married Edith Margaret “Bunny” Brown (1909-1989) and they had a son and a daughter. He was active in the Manitoba Museum Association, Natural History Society (President, 1953-1954), Zoological Society, and Pembina Curling Club. He had a summer cottage at Whytewold since 1953. Among his personal interests was the collection of Japanese and Chinese art. He died at Fort Garry on 27 November 1962 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park. He is commemorated by a zoological museum at the University of Manitoba.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Edith Margaret Brown weds Ronald Keith Stewart-Hay,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 January 1938, page 10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 29 November 1962, page 31.

“Professor Stewart-Hay,” The Manitoban, 6 December 1962, page 3.

Obituary [Emily Beatrice Templeton], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1984, page 69.

Obituary [Edith Margaret Stewart-Hay], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1989, page 42.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2020

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