2020 Isobel McKinnon (nee Cation) Cl’37

Barbara (McKinnon) Corneil, HSC Class of 1966, writes that her mother, Isobel (Cation) McKinnon of the Class of 1937 died on Nov 16, 2020 in her 106th year.  Isobel was a very proud SickKids nurse and at the time of her death was the longest surviving graduate. We received this news with both sadness and gratitude.

Many of us remember Isobel and Barbara, one of our mother and daughter teams, regularly attending our Annual General Meetings together until the Alumnae Association officially wrapped up in 2012. She was a bright light at these gatherings and clearly proud of her Sick Kids roots. David Wencer, SickKids Archivist points out that Isobel was one of 22 to graduate in 1937 and she was awarded the D.A. Campbell and J. Milton Cork Scholarships for “Efficiency on the Infant Ward”. (Campbell and Cork were members of the Board of Trustees at the time)

Isobel is described by her family as kind, gracious, and generous….an inspirational role model for all four generations of her family. She remained very active physically well into her 80s and 90s and was a long time member of Rotary’s Inner Wheel, Humber Valley United Church, and more recently Trinity United in Collingwood. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and “GG”. She died peacefully at Bay Haven Nursing Home in Collingwood.

Isobel will be remembered on Nov 23/20 at the annual HSC Endowment Fund event…being held virtually this year due to COVID 19.  It’s amazing to think that Isobel was born in 1915 before the last great pandemic and lived over 100 years to see this one!  A life well lived!

Barbara McKinnon Corneil Cl ’66 and Mom Isobel McKinnon Cl’37
at the AGM on Nov 12,2011

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