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Margaret A. Somerville Fonds
The fonds chiefly reflects the public role of Margaret Somerville through the dissemination of her ideas on ethical issues through conferences, lectures, various publications, teaching activities, consults and research with some records concerning her family and personal life. The fonds consists of the following series; conference papers and lectures, (1981-2013), committee memberships, (1977-2005); media relations, (1980-2013); personal/family matters, (1934-2016); writing/publishing activities, (1979-2015); communications, (1983-2010); subject files/consults,(1987-2015); teaching materials, (1990-2015); and general filing, (1995-2016).
Margaret Anne Ganley was born in 1942 in Australia. Her father was George P. Ganley and her mother Gertrude Rowe Ganley. She married Peter Somerville in 1966. She graduated from the University of Adelaide in Pharmacy and the University of Sydney in Law. She continued her education in Canada where she received her PhD in Civil Law from McGill University in 1978. She joined McGill’s Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in 1978, became an associate professor in 1979 and was named as the Samuel Gale Professor of Law in 1989. Concurrently, she held appointments in the Faculty of Medicine as an associate professor in 1980 and as a full professor from 1984. In 1986 she became the founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law.