Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Gertrude Dudley (1888-1980)
Botanist, civil servant.
Born at Birtle on 2 May 1888, daughter of Joseph C. Dudley and Ada Birch, she taught school in rural Manitoba, including Basswood School (1918-1924) and Minitonas School (1924-1925). In 1932, she earned an MSc degree from the University of Manitoba, graduating magna cum laude, then obtained a PhD in botany from the University of Minnesota in 1935. Dudley lectured in botany at the University of Manitoba and Brandon College, and in 1944 she joined the Correspondence Branch of the Manitoba Department of Education, from which she retired in 1962. Her herbarium plants formed the basis of the collection at the Plant Sciences Building of the University of Manitoba. In 1938, she received the Bronze Medal of the Natural History Society of Manitoba. She died unmarried at Winnipeg on 8 April 1980. Her papers are at the Archives of Manitoba.
Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 April 1980, page 49.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 February 2016