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Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess, O.C., A.O.E., LL.D (Hon.), B.A., D.F.A. (Hon.), F.R.C.G.S., U.E. Born and raised in Calgary, she attended Earl Grey School, Western Canada High School and St. Hilda's School for Girls. In 1934 she began her post-secondary studies at the University of Alberta and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1938 with a Bachelor of Arts. In Toronto Marmie met several members of the Group of Seven who encouraged her love for art and her strong interest in the Canadian wilderness. She began her teaching career during World War II at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (now the Alberta College of Art and Design) as well as the Banff School of Fine Arts. She completed her post-graduate studies at the University of Iowa in 1947. An interest in indigenous peoples, along with her pioneering spirit, led her to Canada's West Coast and the North, where she developed a close relationship with the Inuit. She was honoured to receive her Inuit name 'Angauka Nu Natsiut.' She established Calgary Galleries Ltd. in 1970, and was regarded as an authority on Northern Inuit and First Nations art. Hess was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1981 and an officer in 1993; received the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Confederation Medal, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Northern Territories Commissioner's Award, the National Museum of Man Appreciation Award and the Pioneer Woman Na'Amat of Canada Award. She received honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary where she was an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography and the University of Alberta where she was an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education. She also received a Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge. She was an honorary member of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and served on the senates of both the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge.

Born: 1916
Died: 2016-09