Academic journal article Manitoba History

William Gordon McKay

Academic journal article Manitoba History

William Gordon McKay

Article excerpt

William Gordon "Bill" McKay, engineer and heritage advocate, passed away peacefully at age 96 on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg. Born in Regina on 10 December 1917, McKay grew up in Portage la Prairie, attending Portage Collegiate Institute. He studied first at University of Manitoba, where he took preliminary training in the Canadian Officers Training Corps. In 1940, McKay received a degree in civil engineering from Queen's University. His father, Gordon Finlay McKay, was a travelling fruit and vegetable salesman with the Portage Fmit and Vegetable Company. His mother, Kate McKay (nee Gamier), was one of the first graduates of the Victorian Order of Nurses. From 1945 until 1982, McKay was a partner with consulting engineers Underwood & McLellan, which later became the UMA group and Stantec. McKay served as UMA's general manager and president, first in Saskatoon and later in Winnipeg. During his career, McKay was an active member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, serving as president in 1969 and 1970. McKay received the Lindsten Award, Fuller Award, and Bedell Award. Through his interest in the history of engineering, he developed a lifelong interest in local history and specifically, the Prairie provinces--its small towns and the people who lived there. …

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