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The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. More

University of Manitoba History: Selection of Prominent Graduates

 

  • 1881 - Sir James A. Aikens, B.A. L.L.D (1919), former Lieutenant-Governor
  • 1882 - Sir Clifford Sifton, B.A., former Minister of Immigration
  • 1886 - Isaac Pitblado, B.A., L.L.B (1889), M.A (1893), L.L.D. (1926), Chairman of the Board of Governors at University of Manitoba 
  • 1903 - Edward James McMurray, B.A., L.L.B (1905), former Solicitor-General of Canada
  • 1911 - James A. Gardiner, B.A., former Premier of Saskatchewan
  • 1918 - Stuart S. Garson, L.L.B, former Premier of Manitoba
  • 1922 - Henry Bruce Chown, M.D., L.L.D (1963), leading research scientist
  • 1922 - Frederick Philip Grove, B.A., [German-] Canadian Author, after seven years of extra-mural studies (See: FPG: Felix Paul Greve/Grove)
  • 1923 - Elizabeth Dafoe, B.A., former University Librarian
  • 1924 - Hugh Hamilton Saunderson, B.A., B.Sc. (1929), President of University of Manitoba (1954-1970)
  • 1926 - John W. Pickersgill, B.A., M.A. (1927), M.P. and former Head of Privy Council and Secretary of State
  • 1927 - Senator S.I. Hayakawa, B.A., California Senator and former President of San Francisco State University
  • 1928 - Muriel C. Richardson, B.A., philanthropist
  • 1929 - Andrew Knox Dysart, B.A., L.L.B (1933), L.L.D. (1944), Chancellor (1944-1952)
    - Samuel Freedman, B.A., L.L.B. (1933), L.L.D. (1968), former Chief Justice of Manitoba and Chancellor of University of Manitoba (1959-1968)
  • 1930 - Maxwell Cohen, B.A., L.L.B (1934), L.L.D. (1963), legal scholar
  • 1932 - Louis Slotin, B.Sc., atomic researcher at Los Alamos 
    - David Carleton Williams, B.A., former President of the University of Western Ontario 
    - Herbert Marshall McLuhan, B.A., M.A. (1934), communication theorist
  • 1934 - Hon. Mitchell W. Sharp, B.A., L.L.D. (1964),  former M.P. and Minister of Foreign Affairs
    - Alan E. Tarr, B.A., former V.P. North American Life Insurance Co.
  • 1937 - Hon. R. S. Bowles, L.L.B., L.L.D (1968), Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (1965-1970), University of Manitoba Chancellor (1974-1977)
  • 1938 - Hon. Brian Dickson, L.L.B., L.L.D. (1973), former Chief Justice of Canada
  • 1939 - E.A. Sellers, M.D.,  member of Sellers Foundation that bestowed Chair in Medicine
  • 1940 - Ernest Sirluck, B.A. (Hons.), L.L.D (1980), President of the University of Manitoba (1970-1976)
  • 1941 - David Golden, L.L.B. & Rhodes Scholar, L.L.B. (1946), L.L.D. (1986), former Chairman of Telesat Canada
  • 1942 - Dr. Robert Beamish, M.D., B.Sc., Med. (1944), D.Sc. (1989), leading cardiologist
  • 1944 - David Abe Yanofsky, B.Sc., L.L.B. (1951), O.C. - chess master while still a student, City Alderman
    - Monte Halparin, B.Sc., L.L.D. (1987), better known as TV personality Monty Hall
    - Simma Holt, B.A., writer and M.P. for British Columbia
  • 1946 - Dr. Leonard Shebeski, B.S.A. (1941), M.Sc. (1946), D.Sc. (1981), Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Agriculture
    - George Richardson, B. Comm., L.L.D. (1969), James Richardson & Sons
  • 1947 - Peggy Wemyss, B.A, L.L.D. (1986), better known as writer Margaret Laurence
    - Naomi Hersom, B.A., B.Ed. (1955), M.Ed. (1962), former President of Mount St. Vincent University
    - Hon. Gildas Molgat, B. Comm., L.L.D. (1998), Senator
  • 1948 - Robert Purvis, B. Comm., President of Winnipeg Commodity Exchange
    - Bernard Ostry, B.A. (Hons.), L.L.D. (1997), Federal bureaucrat
  • 1949 - Dr. John Bowman, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Director of R.h. Lab
    - Robert William Pollock, B. Comm., founder Drake International
    - Adele Wiseman, B.A., writer
    - Barry Broadfoot, B.A., L.L.D (1996), writer
    - Maxwell Cohen, B.A., writer
    - Kathleen Richardson, B.A., L.L.D. (1986), philanthropist
  • 1950 - Bill Norrie, B.A., L.L.B. (1955), L.L.D. (1993), former mayor of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Chancellor (2001- )
    - Douglas Rain, B.A., Shakespearean actor and the voice of HAL in 2001:  A Space Odyssey
    - Roman Kroiter, B.A., L.L.D. (1994), creator of IMAX projection system
    - Baldur Stefansson, B.S.A., M.Sc. (1952), Ph.D. (1966), L.L.D. (1997), referred to as the “Father of Canola” 
  • 1951 - James Burns, B.Comm, L.L.D. (1987), retired Deputy Chair Power Corp. 
    - Arden Haynes, B. Comm., retired Chairman and CEO of Imperial Oil
    - Douglas Everett, L.L.B., Senator
  • 1952 - F. Ross Johnson, B. Comm., L.L.D. (1997), former President of RJR Nabisco
    - John Hirsch, B.A., D.Litt. (1966), playwright and theatre director
  • 1953 - Dr. Etienne Gaboury, BALATPH, B.Arch. (1957),  L.L.D. (1987),  Principal of Gaboury Associates Architects 
    - Israel Asper, B.A.,  L.L.B. (1957), L.L.D. (1998), founder of CanWest Global
    - Arthur Mauro, L.L.B., L.L.M. (1956), L.L.D. (1987), former CEO of Investors Group, University of Manitoba Chancellor (1992-2001)
  • 1954 - John P. Wolfe, M.Gen., Q.C., L.L.B., retired Judge Advocate General
    - William Loewen, C.A., former President of Comcheq Services
    - Countess Thelma Sekerka-Bajbus, A.M.M.  
  • 1955 - E. Margaret Fulton, B.A., O.C., Ph.D., former President of Mount St. Vincent University Hon. 
    Mira Spivak, B.A., Senator
  • 1956 - Count Cyril A. Sekerka-Bajbus, B.A., Principality of Liechtenstein
    - Richard Bonnycastle, B.Comm., founder of Harlequin Books and President of Cavendish Investing Ltd. 
    - Dr. Arnold Naimark, M.D., B.Sc., Med., M.Sc. (1960), President of University of Manitoba (1981-1996)
  • 1958 - Dr. Henry Friesen, M.D., M.Ed., L.L.D (1998), former President of Medical Research Council of Canada
  • 1959 - Hon. Richard Kroft, B.A., L.L.B. (1962), Senator
    - Edward Evanko, B.A., actor
    - Geraldine MacNamara, B.A., B.Ed. (1960), founder of Rossbrook House
  • 1961 - Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, B.A., former Liberal Member of Parliament and federal cabinet minister, President of the University of Winnipeg 
    - Dr. Allan Ronald, M.D, B.Sc., Med., leading AIDS researcher
  • 1962 - Gerald Schwartz, B. Comm., L.L.B. (1966), Chairman of Onex Corp. 
    - David W. Kilgour, B.A., MP for Edmonton Southeast
    - Peter Herrndorf, B.A., Director General and CEO, National Arts Centre
    - James Lorimer, B.A., publisher, James Lorimer Pub. Co. Ltd.
  • 1963 - Earl J. Barish, B. Comm., owner and President of Dickie Dee Ice Cream
    - Heather Robertson, B.A. (Hons.), L.L.D. (1998), writer
  • 1964 - Gary Filmon, B.Sc., CE., M.Sc. (1967),  Premier of Manitoba (1988-1999 )
    - Ken Copeland, B.Sc., CE, President of Digital Equipment of Canada Ltd. 
    - Danny Finkleman, B.A., L.L.B. (1967), C.B.C. Radio host
    - Arthur A. DeFehr, B. Comm., L.L.D (1998), Palliser Furniture Ltd.
  • 1967 - Raymond Kives, L.L.B..  R. Tek Corporation
    - Michael Phelps, B.A. , L.L.B. (1970), President and CEO, Westcoast Energy Inc. 
    - Gail Singer, B.A., writer and film director
  • 1968 - Ken Finkleman, B.A., actor, director and producer
    - Hon. Janis Johnson, B.A., Senator
  • 1969 - Charles Winograd, B.A., President and CEO, RBC Dominion Securites Inc. 
    - Dr. Rey Pagtakhan, Member of Parliament from Winnipeg
  • 1973 - Samuel M. Katz, B.A., President Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club, Mayor of Winnipeg (2004- )
  • 1976 - Frank Plummer, M.D, leading AIDS Researcher, Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory 
  • 1977 - Chief Ovide Mercredi, L.L.B., former Grand Chief of Assembly of First Nations
  • 1981 - Chief Philip Fontaine, B.A., National Chief of Assembly of First Nations
  • 1988 - Brig. Gen. Lewis H. MacKenzie, B.A., Head of U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Bosnia