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Dr. Vivan Bruce

Remembering Dr. Vivan Bruce

November 13, 2023 — 

Dr. Vivian May Bruce, retired professor in the former Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, passed away on October 12, 2023.

Dr. Vivian May Bruce spent her whole career in what was originally the School of Home Economics that eventually became the Faculty of Home Economics and then the Faculty of Human Ecology. 

Her field of expertise was in nutrition, and she collaborated with the late Dr. Bruce McDonald in pioneering work that established the nutritional qualities of canola oil and its effectiveness in lowering blood cholesterol. As a result, it was soon recognized worldwide as high quality, heart healthy oil. This paralleled work by the late Professor Marion Vaisey-Genser and Dr. Michael Eskin on the physicochemical and performance properties of canola oil. The success of their work essentially changed the agricultural landscape of Canada making canola oil the third largest edible oil globally.

For her important contributions she received the Order of Manitoba in 2019. Vivian was a consummate professor who loved to teach, mentor, and carry out research. She developed a wonderful relationship with her graduate students who remained in close contact with her wherever they were in the world. She also served a term as Department Head and was highly regarded by her colleagues. Vivian remained a passionate supporter of the faculty even after her retirement. She was also an active and strong supporter of the Women’s Institute at the University of Manitoba. It can truly be said of Vivian that she had a life well lived.

A Celebration of Life was held November 15.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Dr. Vivian Bruce Bursary Fund, at the University of Manitoba or the charity of your choice.

Read the obituary here.

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