Joy Kidd

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Joy Kidd. PR; Series 4; File 11; Item 143.

Joy P. (Wells) Kidd was educated in England and emigrated to Canada in 1945 as a war bride. Mrs. Kidd became Dean of Women at UNB in 1966 after working at the University of Toronto for four years as the assistant to the Director of Financial Aid. Kidd's responsibilities at UNB were broader than those of her two predecessors, Melinda Seaman and Jean Ramsay. She was charged with overseeing the welfare and direction of all women students, not just women residents, and was to become directly involved with general policy matters affecting women students, such as counselling, discipline, and the operation of the women's residences.

Dean Kidd worked to encourage student self-government in residences and to expand opportunities for women athletes. She also oversaw the construction and expansion of women's residences on campus and the introduction of co-ed housing. Joy Kidd retired from UNB in 1985 and died five years later. The Joy Wells Kidd Memorial Bursary is named in her honour, as is the Joy Kidd House, a co-ed residence dedicated to Kidd in 1998.

Note(s): Names within parentheses indicate maiden names.


  • UA RG 339

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