Munroe, Frederick Dennis, 1881-1955

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Munroe, Frederick Dennis, 1881-1955

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Frederick Dennis Munroe was born on November 13, 1881 in Moose Creek, Stormont County, Ontario to David D. and Mary (McRae) Munroe. He attended Moose Creek School and the Cornwall Collegiate Institute. He received a Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery (M.D., C.M.) degree in 1906 from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. In 1908, Munroe moved to Welwyn, Saskatchewan, where he was a general practioner for twenty-two years. Munroe served as chairman of the Welwyn School Board and was a member of the Board of Stewards of the Welwyn United Church.

Munroe was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the 1929 general election and served as a Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Moosomin constituency until 1934. Munroe served in the J.T.M. Anderson Government as Minister of Public Health and Minister-in-Charge of The Child Welfare Act from 1929 to 1934. During his ministry, he served as chairman of the Saskatchewan Cancer Commission and helped establish a psychopathic ward in the Regina General Hospital. The ward was named the Munroe Wing in 1949.

Following his defeat in the 1934 election, Munroe established a medical practice in Regina and continued to work until June, 1954. In 1954, he was honoured by the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society through the creation of the annual Munroe Lectures. Munroe died in Regina on November 21, 1955.

Munroe married Frances Gardiner Jamieson on September 1, 1909. They had four children: Donald; Frances; Frederick and Eleanor.

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