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Memorable Manitobans: Donalda Margaret Huggins (1910-2002)

Physician, anaesthesiologist.

Born at Winnipeg on 18 October 1910, daughter of Donald B. Huggins and Margarite J. Hossack, she attended Laura Secord School and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba (1935), after which she practiced family medicine in Winnipeg. She did postgraduate anaesthesia studies at Hartford, Connecticut and became the first Professor of Anaesthesia at the Winnipeg General Hospital. She helped to organize Anaesthesia as a formal Department at the hospital and establish the Anaesthetic Chair at the University of Manitoba (Autonomous Department), where she was Professor and Department Head until her retirement. After retirement, she travelled the world, took undergraduate courses in the university’s Faculty of Arts and spent summers at Granite Lake. She died at Winnipeg on 6 September 2002.


“Secord School to celebrate golden year,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1962, page 14.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 2002.

“They will never be forgotten” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2002, page A8.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 28 March 2020

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