John Walter Grant MacEwan, OC AOE (August 12, 1902 – June 15, 2000) was
a Canadian farmer, Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Dean of
Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, the 28th Mayor of Calgary and
both a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and the ninth Lieutenant
Governor of Alberta, Canada. MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta and
the MacEwan Student Centre at the University of Calgary as well as the
neighbourhoods of MacEwan Glen in Calgary and MacEwan in Edmonton are
named after him.
MacEwan's grandparents were Highland Scottish. George MacEwen (Grant
MacEwan changed his name to "MacEwan"with an "a" sometime in the 1920s),
his paternal grandfather, came from Stirling, Scotland to farm in
Guelph, Ontario, and married Annie Cowan, another Scot. These two had a
son, Alexander MacEwen. After leaving home, Alexander went to Brandon,
Manitoba to begin a farm of his own, and was introduced to Bertha Grant
(his neighbour James Grant's sister) and soon got married. Bertha and
Alexander were MacEwan's parents. Bertha was a devout Presbyterian. This
strong Scottish, Presbyterian, and agriculture-driven heritage was
influential in MacEwan's life.
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