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Date of Birth: 1889
Death: 1967
Graduation: null

Oliver Victor Jewitt

Oliver Victor Jewitt was born in Ontario in 1889. During the First World War, he served with the infantry as a Lieutenant, before being promoted to Captain. He was subsequently promoted to Major in 1916. As a Major, he led troops through Ypres, the Somme and Vimy Ridge. He was wounded in action and received an honourable discharge in 1917. In 1918, he arrived in Winnipeg, and taught mathematics at St. John’s High School for three years, before teaching mathematics at Kelvin High School between 1924 and 1932. He then became the Principal of Gordon Bell High School, and kept his position for 23 years. After retiring at the age of 65 years, he came out of retirement to be the Principal of West Kildonan Collegiate for seven years. He retired again, but came out of retirement once more to teach mathematics at Garden City Collegiate, at age 72. He retired permanently in 1965. Between 1943 and 1944, he served as the President of the Manitoba Educational Association. He received many awards throughout his life, including Manitoba’s Golden Boy Award in 1961 and a honourary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1964. He died in Winnipeg in 1967. After his death, he was memorialized by the O.V. Jewitt Community School in Winnipeg.