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Memorable Manitobans: John Lorne Wright (1913-1996)

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John Lorne Wright
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Born at Roblin on 27 December 1913, youngest child of Robert Allen Wright (?-1915) and Janet Whyte, he was educated at Goose Lake School and the Central Normal School (1931-1932). He served as the teaching Principal of Gilbert Plains School (1932-1936), Markham School (1936-1938), Tanner School (1938-1940), and Minitonas School (1940-1944). He earned BA and BEd degrees at summer and evening schools.

In October 1940, he married fellow teacher Irma Ruth Van Camp (1915-2006) and they moved to Winnipeg around 1945. He taught at St. John’s College School (1944-1950), Viscount Alexander High School (1951-1952), Rockwood School (1952-1953), General Wolfe School (1953-1954), and Churchill High School (1955-1961). He returned to the role of Principal at Glenelm School (1961-1966), followed by terms as Vice-Principal of Grant Park High School (1966-?) and Churchill High School (?-1974), after which he retired.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 June 1996 and was buried in the St. Vital Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Principals and teachers are listed for 1952-53 terms in Winnipeg Schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1952, page 12.

“Schools expect 36,340 pupils; 63 new city teachers enlisted,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1953, page 12.

“It’s back to school Thursday for 1,425 Winnipeg teachers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1955, page 6.

“1,765 hired to teach in city,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1960, page 4.

“To honor 3 at Churchill,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1974, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1996, page 41.

Obituary [Irma Ruth Wright], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 2006, page 44.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Keven Van Camp.

Page revised: 17 December 2021

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