About Margaret Allemang


Margaret M. Allemang, left, with Mrs. Mabel Rutherford, 1978Margaret May Allemang was born in Toronto on July 19th 1914, one of twins. She grew up in Bloor West Village and attended Humberside Collegiate. Graduation from high school was delayed due to illness but at the age of 22 years Margaret entered the School of Nursing, University of Toronto (U of T) graduating in 1940. Her first position was as an assistant head nurse at Toronto General Hospital but, after one year, she enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force serving in Canada from 1942 to 1945. She then completed a BScN and BA at U of T and taught for three years at the Belleville General Hospital Nursing School in Ontario. In 1951 she was asked to return to the U of T School of Nursing as an instructor.

Photo above: Margaret M. Allemang, left, with Mrs. Mabel Rutherford, 1978

At U of T Margaret progressed from instructor to full professor before her retirement as professor emeritus in 1982. She received a master’s degree (1956) and a PhD (1974) from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research has been varied and includes several clinical studies, a history of nursing education in the US and Canada, and a series of oral histories with Canadian World War One and World War two nursing sisters. Margaret taught undergraduate and graduate students and supervised many MScN theses. She co-founded the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing in 1987 and was instrumental in forming the Ontario Society for the History of Nursing which became the Margaret Allemang Centre in 1993. Margaret died in her Toronto home April 14th, 2005.