Trout, Margaret Ferne (1919-2006)

  • See Oral History files, Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 8
  • See Pages of History Fonds 18, Series 3, Subseries 9, File 2

Ferne  Trout was born in Arcola, Saskatchewan, growing up in various parts of British Columbia.  She attended UBC where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1939, a diploma from VGH in 1942  and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing from UBC in 1944.  Later she received a Diploma in Hospital Administration from the University of Toronto (1964).  During her UBC training she contracted tuberculosis and was hospitalized in Tranquille for six months, after which she ran the new affiliation program with the Division of TB control.

Her numerous positions included a year at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, itinerant instructor for the RNABC, Assistant Director of Nursing at the new Pearson Hospital in Vancouver, Educational Director of the Royal Inland Hospital, and Associate Executive Director for the Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation.  Her final positions were Director of Patient Services at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver from 1978-1980, and Director of Special Projects at the Vancouver General Hospital from 1980-1983.  After her retirement in 1983, her active life included taking a safari to Africa in her 80s.

Contents of Biographical File

  1. Biographical Information Profile
  2. Biographical release form
  3. Biographical referral form
  4. Career autobiography of Ferne Trout.
  5. Biography from “1940’s Amazing Alumni Stories” on Internet
  6. Transcript of 1983 Oral History Interview by Audrey Stegen, March 4, 1993.
  7. Articles by Fern Trout
    1. “Tuberculosis Affiliation Course”, The Canadian Nurse (June 1945) 41 (6), 451-454.
    2. “Report of the Itinerant Instructors”.  Annual report, 1952.
    3. “The Nurse and the Family Physician”, Canadian Family Physician, June 1969, pp. 23-26.
    4. “The Doctor-Nurse Game”, RNABC News, August September 1969, pp. 5-6.
    5. “Medical Nursing Relationships”, RNABC News, February/March 1970, pp. 14-15.
    6. “Travelling Instructor”, January 1987.
    7. “Prologue” and “Kemano”, May 1996.
    8. “Diploma School of Nursing (1954-1957), Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops”, February 1998.  Paper submitted to the B.C. History of Nursing Professional Practice Group.
    9. “Open Heart Surgery”, 1998.
    10. “Memories of Nursing in British Columbia 1919-2006”.
    11. “The Art of Private Duty Nursing”
    12. “Northwest Territories”
    13. “Bella Coola.”
    14. “Safari in Kenya and Tanzania”
  8. “Nursing Profiles”, The Canadian Nurse, January 1951, p. 40.
  9. “Ferne Trout”, The.Canadian Nurse, October 1973, p. 26.
  10. “To the Graduating Class”, by Ferne Trout, ca. 195-.
  11. “In Appreciation of Ferne M. Trout”, ca. 195-.
  12. Correspondence between Ferne Trout and Glennis Zilm, 1998-2005.
  13. Letter from Trout to E. Warbinek, April 4, 2001
  14. Miscellaneous correspondence and other materials, 2006-2009.
  15. “In Memory: M. Ferne Trout”, History of Nursing News, 17 (2), July 2006.
  16. In Honour of M. Ferne Trout (Feb. 13, 1919-March 23, 2006).
  17. “Margaret Ferne Trout” from Trek, Spring 2007, p. 53.  Formerly UBC Alumni Chronicle.
  18. Obituary
  19. Funeral program