Memorable Manitobans: Robert Rennie Swan (1876-1952)
Physician and surgeon.
Born at Greenock, Scotland on 3 December 1876, son of Robert and Marion Swan, he was educated at Greenock and Glasgow University. After graduating in 1901, he spent a year studying in Switzerland and France. He visited India then practised in Liverpool for three years. He came to Winnipeg and established a medical practice, serving on the staff of the Winnipeg General Hospital, specializing in diseases of the chest. He was a member of the Canadian and Manitoba Medical Associations.
On 6 June 1911, he was married to Ethel Sinclair Strang (1884-1979), daughter of Andrew Strang, and they had three sons. He served as President of the St. Andrew’s Society (1913-1915), President of the Winnipeg Golf Club, and a member of the Canadian Club, Garry, St. Andrews Club, and Medico Chirurigical Society. His recreations included golf and lawn bowling.
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Obituary [Ethel Sinclair Swan], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 1980, page 39.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 31 December 2018
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