Canadian Medical Association

Vancouver; Friedrich Wilhelms University (Germany), 1934; public health. Died Dec. 31, 2017, aged 108. Survived by 2 children, 2 grandchildren, a stepson and 6 step-grandchildren. “She was born in Berlin in 1909, and lived through World War I, the German Depression, the hyperinflation of the 1920s and the rise of the Nazis. She immigrated to England in 1933 with her first husband, Dr. Edward May. In 1940 she took her 2 sons to British Columbia, but it was impossible to receive money from wartime England so she took a number of non-medical jobs until she was able to pass the BC medical exams, becoming one of the first women to do so. Following internship at the Vancouver General Hospital she worked as an obstetrics doctor in general practice. [After the war] she entered the public health field and became director of Vancouver Public Health Unit No. 7. She actively promoted fluoridation of Vancouver’s water supply and successfully worked against polio with the Salk vaccine. After serving in public health for 20 years, she was forced to retire at age 60 (men at 65). She was a dedicated professional and a lifetime member of the BC Medical Association. Her grieving, extended family honours a courageous and independent woman who made a difference.”

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