Firsts for Women at UNB
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Firsts for women at the University of New Brunswick include students, staff, and faculty.
|Year||Women's firsts at UNB||Name|
|1829||...to be employed by King's College||Charlotte Turner|
|1889||...to graduate from the University of New Brunswick||Mary K. Tibbits|
|...to win the Governor-General's Gold Medal (Stanley Gold Medal)||Mary K. Tibbits|
|...to work on the staff of the University Monthly (later known as The Brunswickan)||Eliza B. Hunter|
|1892||...to enrol in the Saint John Law School (later the UNB Law School)||Edith Leavitt Hanington|
|...to receive the Douglas Gold Medal||Ellen Peake|
|1893||...to receive the Alumni Gold Medal||Frances Everett|
|1899||...to receive a Master of Arts degree from UNB||Sara Hamilton (McKee) Baird|
|1905||...first black woman to graduate from UNB||Mary Matilda Winslow|
|...to receive a Bachelor of Civil Law degree (Saint John Law School)||Mabel Pricilla Penery French|
|...to receive an [honorary degree]||Lydia Jane (Gregory) Armstrong|
|1920||...recipient of the Lord Beaverbrook Undergraduate Scholarship||Dr. Florence T. Snodgrass|
|1923-24||...to enroll and graduate from the UNB Law School (in Saint John)||Margaret Hanington Teed|
|1930?||...matron of the Men's Residence (Lady Beaverbrook Residence)||Mary Green|
|1932||...to receive a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)||Ruth Anna C. Foster|
|1935||...first Jewish woman to graduate from UNB||Ethel Frances Singer|
|1938||...first woman Vice-President of the Students' Representative Council (later known as the Student Union)||Dorothy McC. Kydd|
|1939||...to give the Alumni Oration (both at UNB and in Canada)||Mabel Sterling|
|...to receive an honorary doctorate||Mary K. Tibbits|
|1941||...woman editor-in-chief of The Brunswickan||Mary T. McMenamon|
|1944||...to be appointed to the university faculty (Department of Education and Philosophy)||Dr. Louise M. Thompson|
|1945||...to be appointed University Registrar||Edith "Edie" Gordon McLeod|
|1947||...to receive a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree||Helen J. Baxter|
|1948||...to receive a Bachelor of Science degree (Forestry)||Mona Roy|
|1950||...to receive a Masters of Science degree (Forestry)||Mona Roy|
|1952||...to manage the Bookstore||Marjorie (Barberie) Logue|
|1956||...to graduate from UNB's Business Administration program||Anne Christine Robertson|
|...to receive a Ph.D at UNB (Organic chemistry)||Mary S. Wheatley|
|1959||...professional librarian at UNB||Gertrude E. Gunn|
|1960||...to be appointed Dean of Women at UNB Fredericton||Melinda H. Seaman|
|...to receive Physical Education degrees||Laureen E. MacElmon and M. Diane Smith|
|1963||...to be a branch manager of the Bank of Montreal in Canada||Rebecca Watson|
|1968||...to be named Registrar Emerita||Edith "Edie" Gordon McLeod|
|1970||...to receive a Ph.D in the Faculty of Arts (English)||Marjorie Dunn Chapman|
|1973||...to be Treasurer of the Alumni Association||Rebecca Watson|
|1974||...to be named Professor Emerita||Dr. Florence T. Snodgrass|
|...to receive Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degrees||Ulrike Long and Lulu Touckley|
|...to to receive a Masters of Computer Science||Bonnie Lin Suen|
|1980||...to be Vice-President of the Alumni Association||Rebecca Watson|
|1981||...to be President of the Alumni Association||Rebecca Watson|
|1982||...to become Chancellor||Lady Violet Aitken|
|1984||...to be appointed Director of Public Relations||Susan Montague|
|...to be named Governor Emerita||Mary Louise Lynch|
|1987||...to be appointed Director of Development||Susan Montague|
|...to be elected President of the Student Union||Jane Arnold|
|1988||...to be appointed Vice-President at UNB Saint John||Doris Ryan|
|...to graduate with a Minor in Women's Studies||Barbara Buchanan, Karen Jean Braun, and Lisa Calhoun|
|1989||...to hold the Women in Engineering Chair at UNB Fredericton||Monique Frize|
|...to be employed as security officers at UNB Fredericton||Linda Bragg and Judy Stephenson|
|1990||...to chair the Board of Governors||Ilsa Greenblatt Shore|
|1992||...to hold the Mary Louise Lynch Chair in Women and the Law at UNB Fredericton||Patricia Hughes|
|...to be appointed Dean of Graduate Studies||Janet Stoppard|
|1996||...to be appointed Dean of Law||Anne Warner La Forest|
|...to be appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of UNB||Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston|
|1998||...to be appointed Dean of Computer Science||Jane Fritz|
|2002||...to be appointed Dean at UNB Saint John||Shelley Rinehart|
|2003||...to hold honorary membership in the UNB Associated Alumni||Susan Montague|
Note(s): Names within parentheses indicate maiden names
- Up the Hill, 1956
- University Monthly, vol. 18, no. 8, May 1899, p.220.
- UNB Scrapbook (UA RG 100), 1936-1943, [May] 1932.
- Alumni Clippings, [Daily Gleaner], [May] 1956.
- Up the Hill, 1939
- The Brunswickan, vol. 60, no. 14, 7 February 1941, p. 1.
- Alumni News, vol. 14, no. 2, June 1960, p. 3.
- Montague, Susan. A Pictorial History of the University of New Brunswick. Fredericton: University of New Brunswick, 1992, p. 41.
- University Monthly, vol. 10, no. 7, October 1890, p. 12.
- UA RG 33; Box 1; Vouchers-Statements, 1827-29; Statement no. 6, Benjamin Gale.
- [UNB Honorary Degrees Database]
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