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Memorable Manitobans: Isabel George Hutcheson Auld (1917-2016)

Community activist.

Born at Winnipeg on 21 September 1917, daughter of Scottish immigrants Maggie Davidson and Charles George Hutcheson, she moved to Regina, Saskatchewan where she attended the Regina Central Collegiate and the University of Saskatchewan. She began doctoral studies at McGill University but abandoned them in 1941 to join the Rust Research Laboratory at the University of Manitoba.

She was active in the Consumers Association of Canada (Manitoba Chair), Family Services of Winnipeg, Westminster United Church (Chair), Middlechurch Home (Chair), Klinic, Mount Carmel Clinic, and the Women’s Canadian Club of Winnipeg (Chair). She also served as Chancellor of the University of Manitoba (1977-1986). She also served on the boards of Wawanesa Insurance Company, William and Catherine Booth College, Manitoba Medical Service Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, and J. W. Dafoe Foundation, and on the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.

In recognition of her community service, she was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1986), Order of Canada (1989), and Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame (1993), and she received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), and honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba (1986) and University of Saskatchewan. In 1943, she married W. Murray Auld and they had three children.

She died at Winnipeg on 27 March 2016. She was selected posthumously as a Manitoba Women Trailblazer.


Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [W. Murray Auld], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 2015.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 April 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2021

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