Margaret Brooke
Margaret Brooke

U of S alumna, naval heroine remembered

The U of S is remembering a distinguished alumna and courageous naval officer who recently passed away.

Born in Ardath, Sask. in 1915, Margaret Brooke completed a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1935 before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in many locations across the country. After the war, she returned to campus to complete a BA and PhD in paleontology.

Brooke, who turned 100 last April, was honoured by the Government of Canada when they named a new Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship after her gallantry in combat during the Second World War. The naming recognizes Brooke's heroic efforts to save a nursing-sister colleague after the torpedoing of the Newfoundland Ferry SS Caribou on October 14, 1942, in the Cabot Strait off Newfoundland. For this, Brooke was also named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Read more at The Globe and Mail.
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