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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Irwin “Dick” Ruggles (1923-2008)

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Richard Irwin Ruggles
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Historical geographer.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 27 June 1923, he received a BA in Geography from the University of Toronto (1945), MA from Syracuse University (1947), and PhD from the London School of Economics (1958). He taught at the University of British Columbia from 1953 to 1960 before moving to Queen’s University where, in 1960, he founded the Department of Geography. He retired in 1988. His areas of expertise included Canadian historical geography, Soviet and Russian economic and political geography, cartography, and urban geography and planning. In 1970, he co-authored with John Warkentin the Historical Atlas of Manitoba, published by the Manitoba Historical Society. He died at Duncan, British Columbia on 9 January 2008.


Obituary, Queen’s University.

Obituary, Globe and Mail, 16 January 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 May 2023

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