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Memorable Manitobans: William Dexter “Bill” Wade (1938-2012)

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William Dexter Wade
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Anthropologist, linguist.

Born at Cairo, Illinois on 13 September 1938, he served in the US military in the 1950s then received a PhD in Anthropology. During his thirty-four years as a professor of linguistics at the University of Manitoba, he published five books and monographs, ten book chapters, twelve journal articles, and numerous abstracts and book reviews. He edited the Canadian Review of Physical Anthropology for four years. Turning to fiction in retirement, he published two short stories. He died at Winnipeg on 5 August 2012.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

Father Svoboda’s Helicopter
Manitoba History, Number 77, Winter 2015


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 2012.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 September 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 October 2021

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