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Unruh, Henry A. (1917–1988)

Proper Title

Henry A. Unruh collection

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

3 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Henry Abram Unruh was born on February 8, 1917, in Barwenkova, south Russia to the distinguished Abraham H. (1878–1961) and Katharina (Toews) (1876–1963) Unruh. In 1925 the family immigrated to Canada and settled in Winkler, Manitoba. At the age of eighteen he began his higher education studies at Tabor College and Bethel College, graduating in 1940 with a B.A. in biology and bacteriology.

He married Esther Mary Kroeker of Winkler on December 29, 1940 and they were blessed with five children. He began his work for the military as first lieutenant in July 1941 in charge of the military hospital laboratory in Kingston, Ontario until August 1945. In September he entered Queen’s University in Kingston, graduating as a medical doctor in June of 1951. He finished his first year of internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, when he moved his family to Kamloops, B.C. He retired in 1985 and passed away in Kamloops on June 30, 1988. Services were held at the First Baptist church in Kamloops.

Custodial History

This item was produced by Henry’s wife, Esther, in July 1993 and then donated to the archives on September 9, 1993.

Scope and Content

This collection contains one item which was written by Henry’s wife Esther Mary (Kroeker) Unruh after his death. It recounts Henry’s life in Canada through recollections, stories and photocopied pictures.


  • Volume 1078.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz November 22, 1999.
  • Accession nos. 1993–038.
  • Related material:
    • The author of this item also wrote and complied a similar life history of her son Richard after his death in 1992. See “My Beloved Son Richard” in “U” small collections.

File List

Volume 1078

  1. Esther Mary Kroeker Unruh, “A Man Called Henry.” – July 1993.
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