Black, Elinor F.E. (1905–1982)

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Black, Elinor F.E. (1905–1982)

Canadian physician. Born Elinor Frances Elizabeth Black, Sept 9, 1905, in Nelson, British Columbia; died 1982; dau. of Francis Mollison Black and Margaret Elizabeth (McIntosh) Black; graduated cum laude from University of Manitoba Medical School, 1930.

Studied childbirth techniques at Annie McCall Maternity Hospital, London; opened private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Winnipeg, Canada (1930s); became 1st woman Canadian member (1938) and 1st woman fellow (1949) of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England; as 1st woman Canadian physician to lead a major medical department, served as head of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Manitoba and at Winnipeg General Hospital (1951–64); served temporary professorship of obstetrics and gynecology at University of the West Indies (beginning 1969).

See also Julie Vandervoort, Tell the Driver: A Biography of Elinor F.E. Black, M.D.