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Margaret M. Davidson

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Margaret Mary Norval Davidson passed away peacefully in her home at age 93 on October 8 of leukemia. Born in London, England, she worked as a Medical Social Worker in Liverpool and Lancaster during the war, then emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1948 and continued working as a Medical Social Worker at the Toronto General Hospital. In 1954 she moved to British Columbia and eventually became THE social worker for 900 miles of the Alaska Highway from Fort St. John to the Yukon, which sparked her abiding interest in the welfare of Native Americans. In 1960 she was promoted to an administrative position in Victoria but left this in 1962 to complete her Master of Social Work degree at Smith College School of Social Work. An internship at the James Jackson Putnam Children's Center in Roxbury, MA resulted in a staff position there and a faculty position at the Simmons School of Social Work. In 1974 she started a very successful adoption agency at the Protestant Social Services Bureau in Quincy, MA, (now Interfaith Social Services). Though she technically retired in 1983, she kept in touch with numerous colleagues and families with visits, phone calls and mail. She leaves her partner of 48 years, Dr. Janet Brown. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2:00 at the Second Church of Newton, 60 Highland St., West Newton 02465.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, 2011
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