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Althea Adair Warren Macaulay


Althea Adair Warren Macaulay

With sadness the family of Althea Warren Macaulay announces her passing on November 17, 2019 at the age of 101.

Daughter of the late Lewis and Margaret (Davidson) Warren, Althea was born in Moncton, NB, on October 21, 1918. She was sister to the late Ruth Coates, the late Edward Warren and the late Willard Warren. She was also predeceased by her husband Beverley Francis Macaulay.

She is survived by her children John (Rosa) and Jane; her grandchildren Rachel (Michael), Warren and Chelsea; her nieces Brenda (Alan), Cheryl (Terry), Barbara (Jim), Ann and Beth; her nephews Rick (Wilma) and John; her cousins Cora (Jeff), Clifford (Suzanne) and families; her cousin (by marriage) Elizabeth Smith and family; also several grandnieces and grandnephews and great-grandnieces and grandnephews.

After graduating from Aberdeen High School in Moncton in 1935, Althea received her BA with Honours in Latin and Biology from UNB in 1939 and Master of Arts in Biology from Clark University, Worcester, MA in 1940. After working at McGill University’s Physiology Department and Harvard Medical School in Pathology, she joined the staff at UNB in 1942 as a Research Assistant and is believed to be the first woman to teach in its Science faculty. In 1945 she moved to the University of Toronto where she received her PhD in Zoology in 1950. After a year as a Beaverbrook Overseas Scholar at Queen Mary College, University of London, Althea returned to UNB and taught as an Associate Professor in the Biology Department until her marriage in 1958. She and Bev enjoyed 38 wonderful years of married life together until his death in 1996.

Althea was a loving wife and mother with a selfless devotion to her family.

She was active in both the Alumnae and Alumni Associations at UNB, served on the UNB Board of Governors and University Senate, was active in the Faculty Women’s Club, the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Parkinson Society and the Girl Guides of Canada. UNB awarded her an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree in 1992 and the Alumni Award of Merit in 1993. She was also an active member of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, and was a Life Member of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Her hobbies included reading, gardening, sewing, knitting and cooking.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by family and friends.

The family gratefully acknowledges and thanks her personal caregivers, especially Pauline, Belinda, Lucie, Rebecca, Natalie, Colleen, Jackie and Yewande, as well as the staff at Thomas Hall nursing home.

Arrangements are in the care of McAdam's Funeral Home. A visitation will take place at Christ Church Cathedral from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The memorial service will be held from Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday, November 21, at 2 pm with The Very Rev'd Geoffrey Hall officiating. Interment will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery at a later date. For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Foundation of University Women (CFUW) Fredericton Scholarship fund, the Parkinson Society, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Service Date
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Service Time
2 pm
Service Location
Christ Church Cathedral

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Visitation Time
7 to 9 pm
Visitation Location
Christ Church Cathedral

Burial Time
At a Later Date
Burial Location
Forest Hill Cemetery

Requested Charity
CFUW Fredericton Scholarship fund, Parkinson Society, or donor's choice