Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1947; general practice; director, Carleton University Health Services, 1979-89; Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), Carleton University. Died May 5, 2020, aged 95. Survived by 5 children and 12 grandchildren. “Upon graduation Mary came to Canada to take up medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Queen’s University. Married to Dr. John O’Brien, a wing commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force, she gave up her residency to have 5 children throughout many international military postings. She returned to work as a physician in Ottawa in 1964. She began general practice at Carleton University Health Services in 1969, and served as its director from 1979 until her retirement in 1989. While at the university she was instrumental in establishing the renowned Disabled Students Program, and she played a key role in developing the university’s Employee Assistance Program.”

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