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Born: Oct 18, 1910

Date of Passing: Sep 06, 2002

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DR. DONALDA MARGARET HUGGINS Dr. Donalda Margaret Huggins passed away peacefully on Friday, September 6, 2002, at her residence. Dr. Huggins was born in Winnipeg on October 18, 1910. She was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Margaret Huggins. In addition to her only surviving relative, Mrs. Donna MacDonald (husband Norm and son Shane) of Hamilton, ON, she leaves to remember her the many friends, colleagues, and acquaintances whom she touched throughout her long and fruitful life. Dona graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1935. She practiced Family Medicine in Winnipeg for a number of years before doing postgraduate anaesthesia studies at Hartford, CT. Dr. Huggins was the first Professor of Anaesthesia at the Winnipeg General Hospital, now known as the Health Sciences Centre. Dona was responsible for organizing Anaesthesia as a formal Department at the Winnipeg General Hospital. She later helped to establish the Anaesthetic Chair at the University of Manitoba (Autonomous Department). Dona was truly a pioneer in the field of Anaesthesia and was an inspiration and role model in her profession and to those that had the privilege of knowing her. She continued as Professor and Department Head at the University of Manitoba until her retirement in the early 1960s. Despite her early retirement from Medicine, Donas keen mind and thirst for adventure continued. She returned to the Faculty of Arts to take classes of interest with students 40 years her junior, never admitting to her previous accomplishments. She also travelled extensively throughout the world and delighted friends with tales of her many adventures. Some of Donas most cherished times were spent at her summer camp at Granite Lake, where many fond memories were created for the many friends she hosted. Dona was a avid swimmer and would often swim across the lake and back. Donas generosity knew no bounds and her philanthropy and community interest benefited many charities and organizations. A special thanks is extended to Donas caregivers, Meliny, Caroline, Leoncia, Lorraine, Perlita, Sheila, Lori and Rosita for their devoted care and attention over the many years. Deepest gratitude is also extended to Dr. Walter Syslak and Heather Wilson, C.A. for their untiring support and devotion to Dona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donas memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 301 - 352 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2H8, or the charity of your choice. At Donas request, cremation has taken place. A memorial celebration will be held Thursday, September 12 at 1900 hours at 255 Wellington Cres. THOMSON FUNERAL CHAPEL 783-7211

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2002

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I’m 18 years too late. Always respected Dona. She was a friend of my dads and as a five year old I met her and realized women could be doctors if they wanted. When I was a medical student she supported me by letting me do my BSc med program in the department of anaesthesia. I talked to her once when she was visiting relatives in Hamilton and although we never managed to connect I’ve never forgotten her. I’m thinking of the past, some 18 years later. My oldest son died the same year she did. A remarkable lady. - Posted by: Judy Moran (Friend ) on: Sep 10, 2020

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