Memorable Manitobans: Howard J. Loewen (1927-2023)
Born at Elkhorn in 1927, one of seven children, he married Winelda Naomi Gardner and taught on permit at Mossgiel School (1950-1951) before moving to Winnipeg in 1951. He received a teaching degree from the University of Manitoba then taught at Lord Roberts School (1953-1954), Victoria-Albert School (1954-1955), and Churchill High School (1955-1958).
In 1958, he was hired as an executive assistant and managing editor of the Manitoba Teacher for the Manitoba Teachers' Society, becoming its public relations director in 1962. He served on the Student Exchange Committee of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation (1970). He left the MTS in June 1975 to be Superintendent of the Winnipeg School Division, leaving in April 1976 when the School Board “lost confidence in him”.
He was a Liberal candidate in the 1966 provincial general election and the 1979 federal general election, being defeated each time. He served as President of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. He had a hobby farm at Gardenton and did educational and agricultural consulting work in China.
He died at Medicine Hat, Alberta in May 2023.
“Howard J. Loewen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1958, page 8.
“Howard J. Loewen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1962, page 2.
“Howard J. Loewen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1975, page 15.
“Pollock voted superintendent,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 March 1977, page 1.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 13 May 2023