Dr. Maude Abbott (1869-1940), Pioneer Woman Doctor
Born Maude Babin in St. Andrews East in 1869, Maude Abbott was orphaned as a young child by the death of her mother. The first cousin (once removed) of that other distinguished native of St. Andrews East, Prime Minister Sir John Abbott, Maude Abbott was adopted by her maternal grandmother, who had Maude’s family name legally changed to Abbott.
After graduating in 1885 from a private high school in Montreal, a teenaged Maude Abbott received a scholarship to study at McGill College, where she enrolled in the Faculty of Arts the following year.
At McGill, Abbott excelled. She graduated in 1890, and received the prestigious Lord Stanley Gold Medal, among other honours.Yet despite her arts degree, Abbott’s real ambition was to study medicine. Accordingly, she applied to McGill’s Faculty of Medicine.
- Published in Profile of Women In Medicine