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Baird, Constance

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Constance McGrath Baird was a student of Mount Saint Vincent Academy in the late 1920's. She went on to teach at St. Patrick's Boys' School in 1930

Burke, Mary

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  • 1919-1935

Mary Burke was born in 1919, the daughter of Oswald S. Burke of Kentville, Nova Scotia. She was to have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent Academy in 1935, but died on December 4th of that year. She was a member of the Academy Sodality.

Dulhanty, Mary,

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  • 1909-1999

Mary Dulhanty was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1909, the daughter of Richard and Hannah Dulhanty. She moved with her family to Bridgewater in 1912. Her father died in 1923. Mary had two sisters, Jane (b. 1900) and Margaret (b. 1903), and a brother Frank (b. 1906). Mary graduated from Mount Saint Vincent in June 1927, and emigrated with her mother to New York in 1929. She married William Swift on 11 June 1932, and was divorced in 1936, reconciled, then divorced again in 1938. She followed her sister Jane from California then to Hawaii where she worked for a general contractor. Mary was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese in 1941. Shortly after she married Alexander Kirkland McKendrick (1916-1968), and they had two children, Mary Elizabeth, called Beth (b. 1942) and James (Jim, b. 1944) and the family spent most of their time in Belmont, California. Mary died 29 April 1999.

McGowan, Catherine Sarah

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  • 1939-1948 (Creation)

Catherine Sarah McGowan, daughter of J.W. McGowan, attended Mount Saint Vincent Academy and was later a student at Mount Saint Vincent College, Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1940's. In the summer of 1946 she was given the opportunity to work as a junior dietician in the Convalescent Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. In 1948 McGowan graduated from Mount Saint Vincent College with a Bachelor of Science. In 1949 McGowan was employed at the Department of Agriculture doing demonstration work in foods. Catherine later joined the Sisters of Charity and took the name Sister Catherine Joseph Marie. By 1997 Sr. Catherine was running daycare centres--the Jardin de los Ninos, and Centre Elisabeth Seton, and continues to work in the Dominican Republic.

Murray, Christl

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Christl (Tiefenbacker) Murray attended Mount Saint Vincent Academy from 1948 to 1951. From November 1948 to June 1950, she was a boarder, and from September 1950 to June 1951 she was a day student.

Patrick O'Neill

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  • 1940 -2006

Patrick O'Neill was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1940. He married Mora Dianne O'Neill in 1967 and had two sons, St. John and Brendan. O'Neill obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Jerome's College, University of Waterloo in 1967, a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of South Dakota in 1969, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University in 1973. O'Neill was a leading scholar in Canadian theatre history and published extensively. In 1995 he received the Richard Plant Essay Prize from the Association for Canadian Theatre Research. In 2002 he received an Award for Research Excellence from Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2004 he received a Fulbright Research Fellowship, awarded by The Department of State, Washington. O'Neill worked as an Assistant Professor (1972-1975) at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and as an Assistant Professor (1975-1980), Associate Professor (1980-1993), and Professor (1993-2006) at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also worked as a Visiting Fellow (1982-1983) at Royal Holloway College, at the University of London, and as an Associate Professor, Part-time (1987-1991) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his time at Mount Saint Vincent University O'Neill served in numerous positions, including Director of Research and International Liaison Officer (2002-2004), Coordinator, Speech and Drama (1975-2002), and as a member of the University Senate (2002). O'Neill also served on numerous committees, including the University's Tribute Committee (1999-2006), University Review Committee (1998-1999), and the Exceptional Service Awards Committee (1998-2006). Patrick O'Neill was also involved with various drama presentations. In addition to his work at the University, O'Neill served as a member of the Nova Scotia Innovation Trust (2002-2004), as a member of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2002-2004), as a Maritime Representative (1998-2000) and Treasurer (1982-1984) for the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, and as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Committee for Architecture, Fine Arts, Drama (1993-1995). O'Neill also served as a parliamentarian for the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia (1984-1998) and the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia (1996), as well as an External Reviewer for SSHRC applications (various years) and as an External Examiner for a University of Toronto Ph.D. thesis, a McGill University M.A. thesis, and a University of Saskatchewan M.A. thesis. O'Neill died in Ireland in 2006.

Plant-Hansen, Cynthia H.

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Cynthia H. Plant-Hansen graduated from the Child Studies program at Mount Saint Vincent University in 1981 at the age of 27. She entered the program in the second year, as she had previous education and work related experience.

Ruth Noonan Wright

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  • February 1, 1932 - January 19, 2017

Ruth Noonan Wright was born in Halifax on February 1, 1932 as Ruth Noonan. Noonan Wright and her sisters attended Mount Saint Vincent Academy, a girls educational academy run by the Sisters of Charity, a Catholic denomination of nuns. The Academy was non-denominational, but while attending the school, Noonan Wright (born into a Protestant family), adopted the Catholic faith. After graduating from the Academy in 1953 she took steps toward becoming a religious sister but stopped short of taking vows; she remained involved in the Catholic Church until the end of her life.

Noonan Wright returned to Mount Saint Vincent University in 1972 to study Home Economics. She graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and went on to teach Home Economics in local schools, including Halifax West and Bloomfield. She was also an artist who sold her work at the Nova Scotia Art Gallery. Noonan Wright died on January 19, 2017.

Sister Lua Gavin

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Lua Gavin entered as a postulant to the Sisters of Charity at the age of 16. Sister Lua Gavin taught biology at Mount Saint Vincent College and University in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. She was also involved with the Alumnae Association. She retired as chairman of the Biology Department in 1979, and in 1982 went to St. Brigid’s assisted living in Quebec City, Quebec as a coordinator. Sister Martina Marie was her sister, also in the Mount Saint Vincent community.

Skarstedt, Sonja

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  • 1960 -2009

Sonja Skarstedt (1960-2009) was born on October 2, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec. She graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from McGill University. Skarstedt was the founder, publisher, and editor of the literary review Zymergy (1987 to 1991). This bi-annual periodical was the recipient of many Canada Council grants. As the creator she was involved in all aspects of the printing process, from editing the content, layout and design, typesetting and paste-ups, and promotion. She has published book reviews pseudonymously for Zymergy and The Montreal Gazette. In 1990 she founded Empyreal Press a small Canadian publishing company focused on poetry and short fiction. She was also a writer for the comic book Lincoln-16 with her husband Geoff Isherwood as the illustrator. Along with her written material Sonja also worked as a freelance editor and graphics illustrator. Her poetry was published in a variety of publications, including Scrivener (1981), The Antigonish Review (1983), Rolling Stone (1986), Poetry Canada Review (1986), and Canadian Literature (1991). Some of her illustrations were also featured in such publications as Poetry Canada Review (1989), and a portrait of Phyllis Webb on the cover of West Coast Line (1991). Additionally she published four books: Mythographies (1990), A Demolition Symphony (1995), Beautiful Chaos (2000), Saint Francis of Esplanade (2001), In the House of the Sun (2005). In 2007, she created the Skarwood Channel on the internet social media site, YouTube, featuring a series of short video productions. She died in 2009 after succumbing to cancer

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