Doris Mary Pack was born in 1904, in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England, where she completed her early education. In 1922, at the age of 18, she emigrated to Canada with her family. She completed an undergraduate degree at UBC and a teaching certificate from the Provincial Normal School, and began her teaching career in Vancouver in 1936. In 1940 Pack was appointed to the Vancouver School Board as teacher to students whose physical disabilities made travel to school an impossibility. Pack was awarded the Queen Elizabeth medal, 1953; the Order of Canada, 1974; Vancouver's Freedom of the City award, 1979; and the Royal Bank award in 1976 for her outstanding contribution to humanity and common good. She was granted an honorary Doctor of Law degree from UBC in 1973, and authored an autobiography entitled "Never Surrender" in 1974.