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May Lawson

May Lawson. Contralto, teacher, b West Calder, Scotland, 29 Mar 1901, d Winnipeg 28 Apr 1965. She arrived in Canada in 1914 with her parents and studied singing in Winnipeg with W. Davidson Thomson, Rhys Thomas, and Bernard Naylor and in Toronto with J. Campbell McInnes.

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Pierrette Lepage

Pierrette (Marie Ethel Claudette) Lepage. Pianist, teacher, b Montreal 25 May 1939; B MUS (Laval) 1952, Artist Diploma (Toronto) 1959, BA (Toronto) 1960.

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Lola MacQuarrie

Lola (Frances Lane) MacQuarrie (b Smith). Educator, writer, b Winnipeg 30 Dec 1909, d there 24 Jan 1966; B SC (Manitoba) 1931. She was steadily involved in Winnipeg musical life after 1920, notably in the 1940s as choir director at Daniel McIntyre High School.

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Louisa Paquin

Louisa (Sister Marie-Valentine) Paquin. Lexicographer, teacher, b St-Barthélémy, Que, 23 Jan 1865, d Lachine, near Montreal, 9 Jun 1950; honD MUS (Montreal) 1937.

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Lynn Whidden

(Rose) Lynn Whidden. Ethnomusicologist, teacher, b Carnduff, Sask, 14 Jan 1946; BA (Manitoba) 1967, B MUS (Manitoba) 1969, M MUS (Minnesota) 1977, PH D (Montreal) 1987. She did graduate work in music, anthropology, and folklore.

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Marthe Létourneau

Marthe Létourneau, soprano, teacher (born 27 June 1916 in Quebec City, QC; died 10 December 1998). Létourneau appeared as soloist with the MSO and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and taught voice 1940-2 at Sherbrooke's Mont Notre-Dame, 1960-2 at the École Vincent-d'Indy, 1960-6 at the Institut Nazareth, 1962-3 at the Institut pédagogique de Montréal, and 1960-6 at the Grey Nuns' School in Hull. She also taught at Laval University 1966-84 and was a member of a vocal quartet there 1972-4.

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Margo MacKinnon

Margo (Christine) MacKinnon. Soprano, teacher, b Windsor, Ont, 21 Apr 1931; ARCT 1948, B MUS (Toronto) 1951; Artist Diploma (Toronto) 1954. She sang on radio station WJR in Detroit when she was about 14.

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Magdeleine Martin

Magdeleine Martin. Pianist, teacher, b Montreal 28 Aug 1921. She studied piano with her sister Gilberte and organ and harmony with Georges-Émile Tanguay. In 1943 she was admitted to the CMM; her teachers there were Isidor Philipp (piano) and Joseph Bonnet (organ).

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Rika Maniates

Maria Rika Maniates. Musicologist, born Toronto 30 Mar 1937, died there 20 Oct 2011; ARCT 1958, BA (Toronto) 1960, MA (Columbia) 1962, PH D (Columbia) 1965.

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Margaret Parsons

Margaret (Elizabeth) Parsons. Pianist, teacher, b Hanna, northeast of Calgary, 26 Oct 1914, d Toronto 17 Jul 1991; LRSM 1927, LAB 1929, ATCM 1931, LTCM 1932. She came to Toronto in 1931 to study at the TCM (RCMT) on scholarship with Norman Wilks and, later, with Mona Bates.

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Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville, ethicist, legal scholar, writer (b at Adelaide, Australia, 1942). Margaret Somerville completed her first degree, in Pharmacy, at the University of Adelaide in 1963.

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Marguerite Pâquet

(Jeanne Mathilde) Marguerite Pâquet. Contralto, teacher, b Quebec City 10 Nov 1916, d there 29 Nov 1981; B MUS (Laval) 1939. She began to study voice with Sister Saint-Jean-de-l'Eucharistie at the Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery and at the same time performed as a soloist at St-Dominique Church.

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Sister Marie-Stéphane

Sister Marie-Stéphane (b Hélène Côté). Teacher, composer, b St-Barthélémy, Que, 9 Jan 1888, d Montreal 9 Aug 1985; D MUS (Montreal) 1936. She began musical studies at five with her elder sister and continued them in her parish convent.

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Martha Salcudean

Martha Eva Salcudean (née Abel), OC, OBC, professor of mechanical engineering (born 26 February 1934 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania). Salcudean is an internationally recognized authority on computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer. In 1985, she became the first female head of a Canadian university’s engineering department when she was named chair of the department of mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia. Salcudean has dedicated much of her academic career to forging research and development partnerships between universities, government agencies and industrial associates in sectors such as mining, forestry and aeronautics.

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Mary Munn

Mary (Elizabeth) Munn. Pianist, teacher, administrator, b Montreal 28 Jun 1909, d Calgary 10 Oct 1991; LRAM 1928, RAM Certificate of Merit 1929, M MUS (New England Cons) 1967, DMA (Boston) 1973, honorary LLD (Lethbridge) 1991.

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Ogreta McNeill

Ogreta McNeill (b Ormiston). Librarian, teacher, b Gabarus, Cape Breton Island, NS, 2 Aug 1903, d East York, Ont, 21 Apr 1993; ATCM 1932, B MUS (Toronto) 1952, BLS (Toronto) 1953. She was raised in Victoria, BC, where she studied and taught piano. The young John Beckwith was one of her pupils.

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Molly Sclater

Molly (Mary Lindsay) Sclater. Teacher, author, organist-choirmaster, b Edinburgh 28 Dec 1912; ATCM 1938, ACCO ca 1938, B MUS (Toronto) 1939. Her family settled in Toronto in 1923.