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Son's bequest keeps mother's memory alive

by Krista Habermehl | September 24, 2007

Son's bequest keeps mother's memory alive
Dr. Marilyn McKague (MD ’67) in her Western graduation photo.

During an Internet search for information on his late mother, Dr. Marilyn McKague (MD ’67), Kevin McKague came across a Western student bursary in her honour.

Immediately, McKague contacted Western to find out more about the memorial award and made the decision to support the bursary in the best way he could – by leaving a legacy gift in his will.

“It was quite a surprise to discover this tribute to my mother’s memory,” says McKague. “I always liked the idea of honouring her memory in this way and having benefited from financial assistance throughout my own schooling, I know how important it is to students.

“By writing the gift into my will, I can make the financial commitment now and in time it can grow,” he says, adding that he hopes his bequest will encourage other family members to consider making a gift as well.

The Marilyn McKague Memorial Bursary was established by Marilyn’s classmates and supports a second-year Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry student who demonstrates financial need and academic proficiency. The bursary is also structured to support students from rural communities in honour of Marilyn, who grew up on a farm in the small town of Cargill, Ontario, near Walkerton.

“My mother grew up with modest means. Her family didn’t have much money to pay for her schooling and she saved where she could by sewing her own clothing,” says McKague. “When she came back to practice in Walkerton, she effortlessly won over her patients with the quality of her work, her warm and engaging personality, and her tireless good humour.”

Marilyn’s career was sadly cut short in 1971 at the age of 28, when she died of breast cancer. This year marks the 40th anniversary of her graduation from Western.

McKague is a PhD student at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto.

This article appeared in the Fall 2007 edition of Impact Western
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