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Dr. Anna Miller Loane oral history fonds
This fonds contains transcriptions and sound recordings of interviews with Dr. Anna Loane as well as photographs and a few textual records. In the interviews, Dr. Loane discusses growing up in Carleton, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, the warmth and comfort of her family and home, and the encouragement she received from her father to enter the medical profession. She also recounts her years of practice in Fredericton during the 1950s and early 1960s, the social and medical ethics of the day, the conditions of the old Victoria Public Hospital, and her years in India. Also included are a copy of a speech that she delivered to a symposium of women entitled, 'Change' and an invitation to the opening of Sharansthan Hospital, in Banswara (1970). The photographs have been moved to the photograph section (P394).
Anna Loane (nee Miller) was born June 25, 1920 in Bear River, NS, the daughter of Roy and May Miller. She received her undergraduate degree from Acadia University and her medical degree from McGill University in 1944. She completed postgraduate training at Women's College Hospital in Toronto under Dr. Marion Hilliard, receiving her specialist certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Anna was the first Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Fredericton, setting up her practice in November 1951, and was much loved by her patients for her sensitive, professional and caring manner. In 1955, her beloved husband Herb died. She continued her medical practice in Fredericton until 1965, when she felt called to be a medical missionary in India, and moved there with her two children, Tom and Jane. She retired from the mission in 1974, resuming her practice in Fredericton until her retirement in 1985.