Dr. Margaret Evelyn Prang
January 23, 1921 -
January 12, 2013
Born in Stratford Ontario, the oldest of four daughters of Garwin Prang and Margaret Claire Walton. Predeceased by her sister Elinor Crawley, Kingston, Ontario; survived by sisters Mary Jobe, Owen Sound, Ontario and Frances Blenkhorn, Pointe Claire, Quebec. Also survived by her long time friend and companion, Maria Furstenwald. Margaret will be missed by her loving daughter Charlene and grandson Justin Michael, by Carmen, and by her many friends.
Margaret's early education was in the public schools of Edmonton, Alberta, Brantford, Ontario, and at United College, University of Manitoba from which she graduated in 1945. As an undergraduate she was active in the Student Christian Movement and subsequently was a staff member of the SCM in Britain and Canada. After graduate studies at the University of Toronto, from which she received a Ph.D. degree, she joined the Department of History at the University of British Columbia (1957-1986) and quickly became a popular teacher.
Like most Canadian historians of the time, Margaret's early interest was in political and constitutional history. As Canadian history developed as a field of study, her attention was focused increasingly on social and intellectual history as indicated in numerous articles and reviews. Her book, N.W. Rowell: Ontario Nationalist, won the UBC medal for popular biography in 1975. After retirement she published A Heart at Leisure from Itself: Caroline Macdonald of Japan.
Margaret was president of The Canadian Historical Association in 1976-77. With the late Walter Young she founded and for some years edited the journal BC Studies. An early promoter of the interdisciplinary liberal arts program, Arts I, she taught in the program in its early years. As a student and teacher of Canadian history, Margaret had a strong interest in Canadian politics and was a staunch Social Democrat.
In 1969 Margaret was one of the first single women in B. C. to adopt a child, which greatly enriched her already full life. She was an active member of numerous academic, community, United Church and ecumenical committees both locally and nationally. She enjoyed time in her two favourite places: Georgian Bay, Ontario, and Galiano Island, BC. She received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Warm thanks to Dr. Nicola James for her expert and thoughtful medical care over many years. Private interment of ashes in the Memorial Garden of Ryerson United Church, Vancouver.
Saturday January 19, 2013
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