Maxwell S. “Max” RADY (1893-1964)

Born in Russia on 21 November 1893, his name was Avraham Radishkevic. He immigrated to Manitoba from Russia in 1893 and changed his name to Maxwell Rady. He entered the Manitoba Medical College. After completing an internship at the Vancouver General Hospital, he graduated in 1922. He was the first Jewish physician to be granted privileges at the St. Boniface Hospital. He completed postgraduate studies at Vienna in 1927 then returned to practice in Winnipeg until retirement in 1960.

In January 1932, he was cited by Prince Carl of Sweden for “his unselfish relief work to the Swedish people of Winnipeg and for his contribution to the realization of the aims of the Red Cross.


On 22 Jun 1922, he married Rose Bronfman (1888-1988) and they had three children: Mindel Rady (1924-2021, wife of Tom Olenick), Marjorie Rady (wife of Morley Blankstein), and Ernest Rady. The family lived at 151 Harvard Street. He was a member of the Mount Sinai Lodge of Manitoba, B’nai B’rith, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, and Manitoba Medical Association. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the YMHA and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malmonides College.

He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 03 March 1964 and was buried in the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. He is commemorated by the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba.


  • Reprinted with permission from Manitoba Historical Society and updated.
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Obituary [Rose Rady], Winnipeg Free Press, o3 June 1988, page 40.
  • Obituary [Mindel Olenick], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 2021.
  • “Ernest Rady donates $30 million to U of Manitoba med school”, Canadian Jewish News, 25 May 2016.


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