On March 17, 2011, Dr. Arnold Giesbret, 85, passed away peacefully at home. He was born June 11, 1925 in Dermanke [Kiev], Russia. The Russian revolution eventually drove his parents, Elfrieda and Karl Giesbrecht, to bribe their way out of Russia with he and his brother Richard. They immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in late 1929 [a sister and brother died earlier].
In his early years, Arnold worked on relative’s farms, in his father’s foundry and excelled at scholastics. He attended Luxton Public School and St. Johns High School. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. degree in 1948 and became a Meteorologist in the Royal Canadian Air Force. At the Trenton, Nova Scotia RCAF base, he met his future wife, Bettie May Flaxman.
After his brother became a doctor, Arnold decided to pursue medicine as well. Returning to Winnipeg, he first helped in his father’s foundry to make this possible, then went on to the University of Manitoba medical school, graduating near the top of his class in 1957.