Posted by Vi Hughes on Jun 13, 2019

Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour

This Tuesday we heard from long time member Rose Marie Basaraba, who gave a fitting tribute to Margaret-Ann Armour, who was scheduled to speak to us on Tuesday. Margaret-Ann Armour may have passed away just over two weeks ago, but the legacy she gave to many through her mentorship and passion for science lives on.
 
Margaret-Ann was born and raised by a single mother (her father died during the war) in Scotland and received her first two degrees from the U. of Edinburgh, worked for a few years and then earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the U. of Alberta in 1970. She held post docs at both Universities and then joined the U of A Chemistry Department in 1979. Her field of research was in hazardous chemical waste management, with a career spanning over four decades, but her true legacy lies elsewhere.
 
Margaret-Ann was a lifelong champion of women in science and worked tirelessly to promote the sciences as a career for women every chance she got. She was also known for her patience, kindness and inspirational mentorship among both colleagues and students.  She championed women as a co-founder of WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering and Technology) and the WinSETT Centre. Over the years she became known as a leader and public speaker promoting science education and the sciences as a career for women. She served as the associate Dean of Science, the board chair of St. Stephen’s College and held many other positions throughout her life. She was also a Rotarian, being a charter member of the Rotary Club of Glenora and a past president.
 
Over the years she received many honours for her tireless work as a champion for diversity and women in the Sciences, the Governor General’s Award, the Canada 150 Ambassador award and for her work as researcher and teacher with the Montreal Medal from the Chemical Institute of Canada and the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship. In 2016 she was honoured in having a public school named for her in Windermere, Edmonton. She also received multiple honorary degrees from various institutions including University of B.C., NAIT, McEwan University and Concordia College with the most recent being from the U of A, presented at her bedside the day before her passing.  
 
She will long be remembered for her selfless, kind, patient approach and for her abiding passion for Science.