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Mourning the passing of retired faculty member Shirley MacLeod

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

Category: News and Notices

Please join me in offering condolences to family and friends of retired faculty member Shirley MacLeod, who passed away on August 29, 2019 in Fredericton, NB. She was 91.

Originally from Denmark, NS, Shirley was a dedicated registered nurse and midwife, who began working at what was then known as UNB Fredericton’s school of nursing in 1966. Prior to UNB, Shirley obtained her certificate in obstetrical nursing from the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital in New Jersey. She also completed her nursing degree at McGill University in 1965 and taught for several years as a clinical instructor at Moncton Hospital. During her tenure, she took a leave of absence to complete her master’s degree at Boston University (1969) and, in 1983, she took a sabbatical to study midwifery at Memorial University in Newfoundland, as well as Scotland.

Shirley established the Shirley MacLeod Scholarship for students interested in graduate work, with a focus in prenatal, perinatal, postpartal or neonatal nursing. She had high expectations for her students and dedicated her life to encouraging others to pursue an education. She was also awarded the Dr. Allan P. Stuart Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching at Encaenia 1980. She retired as professor in 1990.

Many of Shirley’s friends and colleagues remember her as smart, professional and very kind. Not only was she very accessible and approachable to her students, but she worked hard to instill them with enthusiasm, while encouraging independence in the field. She was a dedicated mentor who profoundly influenced many maternity nursing graduates who went on to work in successful careers across the globe.

While at UNB, Shirley served on several committees of the nursing faculty council, as well as the University Senate. She was also a member of various professional organizations, such as the Canadian Nurses Association, the New Brunswick Association of Registered Nurses and the International Congress of Nurses, among others. In her spare time, she volunteered at the Fredericton Music Festival, Meals on Wheels and the newborn intensive care unit (NICU).

A memorial service took place on September 5. Condolences can be made online. Flags have been lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Shirley will be missed by all who knew her and our thoughts are with her family.


Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

President and Vice-Chancellor

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