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Memorable Manitobans: Ethel Margaret Futers Fulton (1922-2014)


Born at Birtle on 8 September 1922, seventh child of Ernest and Ethel Fulton, sister of Lockhart Fulton, she was educated at the Birtle Consolidated School and the Central Normal School, graduating from the latter in 1942. She taught at Penrith School (1942-1943), Russell School (1943-1945), and Dauphin Collegiate (1945-1947).

In 1947, she took a teaching position at Fort William Vocational School and began upgrading her education, receiving degrees from the University of Manitoba (BA), University of British Columbia (MA), and University of Toronto (PhD). She taught for seven years at Waterloo Lutheran University before becoming Dean of Women at the University of British Columbia (1974-1978) and President of Mount Saint Vincent University (1978-1986). She held an Adjunct Professorship at UBC from 1986 to 1996.

In recognition of her community service, she received 15 honorary degrees, including one from the University of Winnipeg (1985). She was an Officer in the Order of Canada (1985), and received the Governor General’s “Commemoration of Persons” Award, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She was the subject of the documentary A Round Peg and the biography Transformations: The Life of Margaret Fulton, Canadian Feminist, Educator and Social Activist (James Doyle, ECW Press, 2006).

She retired to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 1996 where she died on 22 January 2014 and was buried in the Birtle Cemetery.


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 2014, page B12.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2014

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