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The following is a list of Deans and Faculty that worked for the Faculty of Nursing from its inception to the early 1970s.

Chief of the Division of Study for Graduate Nurses at the Institute of Public Health

Dr. Hill created the position of Chief of the Division of Study for Graduate Nurses to ensure that the program was appropriately administered. The position of Chief of the Division of Graduate Studies for Graduate Nurses was maintained until the Faculty of Nursing was created and a Dean was appointed. The following women were appointed this position.

Margaret E. McDermid, R.N.

Margaret E. McDermid was appointed the first Chief of the Division of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Public Health at Western. She was born in Lindsay, Ontario and worked as a supervisor and teacher at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan before accepting a position at Western.

In London, Ms. McDermid was responsible for arranging cooperation between the city's hospitals, doctors, and other agencies. In addition to these duties, she taught Public Health Nursing and Contemporary Problems and The History of Nursing for the Faculty of Public Health. Studying along side her students, Ms. McDermid completed her Certificate of Public Health Nursing in 1924.

Ms. McDermid resigned in 1933 from Western and died in 1955.




Information Meeting for the Faculty of Nursing
February 1959

Mildred Walker, R.N.

Mildred Walker was born in western Ontario and graduated from Victoria Hospital's School of Nursing. She accepted a position as a private nurse before continuing her education and completing the Certificate of Public Health Nursing at Western in 1924.

After completing her certificate, Ms. Walker worked at the Department of Health demonstrating community health services before accepting the Chief of the Division of Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Public Health. During her 18 years at Western, Ms. Walker taught in the nursing program and accepted the position of President of Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Ms. Walker resigned her position at Western in 1946 to pursue additional studies at Columbia University. She completed a B.S. in teaching and supervision and an M.A. in administration. After completing her course work in 1946, Ms. Walker became the senior nurse for the Federal Department of National Health and Welfare. She retired in November 30, 1966 and died two months later.

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Deans of Nursing

Edith McDowell

Dean Edith McDowell

Edith McDowell
Dean of the Faculty of Nursing
1947 - 1961

Dean Edith McDowell was born in Belfast, Ireland and immigrated to Canada as an infant. Her family settled in Brandon, Manitoba. She completed her R.N. education at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and accepted a position as a private duty nurse. Dean McDowell later enrolled at McGill's School for Graduate Nursing and earned a Diploma in teaching.

Dean McDowell accepted several positions before becoming Dean at Western. These positions include: Director of Nursing Education in Sherbrooke, Quebec; Director of Nursing Education at Winnipeg General Hospital; Director of Health in the Manitoba Normal School System; and, Director of Nursing Education at Winnipeg General Hospital.

Before accepting the appointment of Dean at Western, in 1946 Dean McDowell completed her B.Sc. and M.A. at Columbia University.

R. Catherine Aikin
Dean of the Faculty of Nursing
1962 - 1972

Dean R. Catherine Aikin graduated from the Montreal General Hospital School of Nursing before pursuing her B.A. and B.N. at McGill University. After graduation, she accepted a position as a public health nurse and served as Assistant Secretary Registrar of The Association of Nurses in Quebec.

Before accepting a position with Western, Dean Aikin taught at the University of Chicago and received her M.A. in Administration of Schools of Nursing. She was on several executive committees and was known for her leadership skills during a time of growth and change at Western's Faculty of Nursing.

R. Catherine Aikin

Dean R. Catherine Aikin

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Faculty of Nursing 1924 - 1970

  • Helen E. Penhale [1942 - 1946]
  • Mary E. MacIlveen [1945 - 1950]
  • Margaret Ballard [1946 - 1948]
  • Morna Kenny [1950 - 1956]
  • Florence Quigley [1949 -1950]
  • Frances King [1949 - 1956]
  • Magaret McLean [1948 - 1956]
  • Dorothy Dix [1957 - 1959]
  • Vivian Kirkpatrick [1956 - 1957]
  • Jacquelyn Peitchinis [1956 - 1968]
  • Norah Cunnigham [1957 - 1958]
  • Dorothy Lounsbrough [1957 - 1959]
  • Joyce Nevitt [1958 - 1962]
  • Maie Hudson [1959 - 1960]
  • Shirely Good [1962 - 1964]
  • Margaret Atkinson [1963 - 1964]
  • Audrey Klein [1964 - 1965]
  • Elisabeth Hartig [1965 - 1967]
  • Caroline Dauk [1965 -1969]
  • Joanne Neff [1967 - 1968]
  • Lillian Douglas [1967 - 1969]
  • Joan Hurlock [1967 - 1970]
  • Patricia Martin [1968 - 1969]
  • Margaret Moncrieff [1968 - 1970]
  • Mary Buzzell [1969 - 1970]
  • Sandra Fisher [1969 - 1970]
  • Sheila Kelton [1969 - 1970]
  • Susan McCallum [1969 - 1970]
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