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Memorable Manitobans: David Scott Woods (1884-1966)

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David Scott Woods
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Educator, school inspector.

Born at Glamis, Ontario on 29 December 1884, son of David Hall Woods (1855-?) and Eliza Ann Hutton (1859-?), he came to Manitoba and taught at Minitonas School (1906-1909) before moving to Dauphin where he was the Principal of the Dauphin High School (1909-1912). In 1918 he earned an extramural BA from Queens University, the first Manitobans to do so, and later earned an MA (1926) from Manitoba College and a PhD (1935) from the University of Chicago, specializing in secondary school administration.

He worked as a School Inspector (1915-1935), concluding that role with jurisdiction of the Glenlawn School District, and was Director of Summer School (1920-1939), Professor of Education at the University of Manitoba (1935-1952), and the first Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University (1936-1951). He was appointed Dean Emeritus in 1952. He served as President of the Manitoba Educational Association (1939-1940), South-Central Teaching Association (1928), and the Manitoba Educational Association (1939-1940).

He and wife Gertrude Margaret Muir (1883-1962) had six children: Melvin Woods (1908-?), Anita Gertrude Woods (1909-2001), James Edward Woods (1911-?), Kathleen Woods (1914-1971, wife of William MacGillivray), Glenn Woods (?-?), and David George Woods (1919-?).

four sons and two daughters

He served as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Manitoba (1932).

He died at Winnipeg on 11 August 1966 and was buried in the Garry Memorial Park.


Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.

1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Playground news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 July 1912, page 8.

“Thousands at playgrounds,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 July 1912, page 28.

“University makes public results of all examinations [Master of Arts],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 May 1926, page 8.

“School of education,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1935, page 6.

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949.

Obituary [Gertrude Woods], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1962, page 30.

The History of the Manitoba Educational Association by Ernest Butterworth, MEd thesis, Faculty of Graduate Study and Research, University of Manitoba, 1965.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1966, page 33.

“Dr. D. S. Woods,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1966, page 64.

Obituary [Anita Gertrude Woods], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 February 2001.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Stan Barclay and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 July 2021

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