Richmond, Mary (1920-2002)

  • See Mary Richmond Fonds 13          
  • See Oral History Files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
  • See Pages of History Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2

Mary Richmond graduated from Vancouver General Hospital in 1943, later attending McGill University to obtain a diploma in teaching and supervision, and a BSN.  In 1951, she became the Director of Nursing Education at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH), Victoria, where she initiated programs in the treatment of tuberculosis, public health, and psychiatric nursing.

After receiving her MA from Columbia University, she returned to RJH as director of nursing from 1957 to 1960.  In 1960, Mary Richmond left RJH to become an assistant professor of nursing at McGill.  She returned to VGH as Director of Nursing from 1964 to 1973, where she was active in forming the Council of Hospitals with the Schools of Nursing, a committee of representatives from all the nursing schools in BC.

In 1974, Mary Richmond returned to Victoria as Director of Educational Resources at RJH.  From 1976 to 1983, she was adjunct professor at UVic, while retaining her job at the RJH.  For her work with the university’s School of Nursing, she was made an honorary member of its alumnae association.  The Mary Lewis Richmond bursary was established by the University of Victoria in 1998.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile and release form.
  2. Biography from “1940’s Amazing Alumni Stories” on Internet
  3. “Mary L. Richmond”, Undated. Possibly from the RNABC News.
  4. Richmond, Mary, “Trends in Nursing Practice and the Preparation of Nursing Personnel.”  Paper presented at the British Columbia Conference on Nursing, RNABC, April 1958.
  5. “Names”, The Canadian Nurse, March 1975, p. 44.
  6. Pearson, A. “Mary Richmond” in The Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing 1891-1982, by Anne Pearson and the Alumnae Association, pp. 157-160.
  7. Letter from E. Warbinek, B.C. HON PPG to Rob Calnan, October 11, 1994, re Mary Richmond.
  8. Letter from Mary Richmond to Ethel Warbinek, January 24, 1993.
  9. Honorary Membership, B.C. History of Nursing PPG April 6, 1995.
  10. Mary Richmond. RNABC Memorial Book, 2003
  11. Photograph
  12. Obituaries
  13.  “Mary Richmond”, from The Canadian Nurse, 1952.
  14. “City Nurse New Chief at McGill.”
  15. Note to Sheila Zerr regarding Mary Richmond display
  16. Biographical information
  17. Memorial Service Program
  18. Memorial Tribute