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Memorable Manitobans: Marion Manning “Gladys” Whitehead (1903-1995)


Born at Portsmouth, England in 1903, she came to Manitoba with her family at a young age. She studied piano, violin, and voice in both England and Canada. A soprano, she appeared frequently as a soloist on CKY in Winnipeg and on the CBC. She sang solos at St. Andrew’s River Heights Church from 1933 to 1948 and St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church from 1951 to 1957. After 1949 she commuted from Kenora to Winnipeg, teaching privately and, from 1952 to 1957, at the Mennonite Bible College. She was Principal of the Royal Hamilton College of Music from 1968 to 1975 and later taught voice at McMaster University. She was a frequent music festival adjudicator in Canada and abroad. She died at Ancaster, Ontario on 16 October 1995.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 October 1995, page 49.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 September 2014

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