9 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT MARION HILLIARD & SPORTS

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Bio Overview

Marion Hilliard graduated from Victoria College (B.A., 1924) and the Faculty of Medicine (M.D, 1927) at the University of Toronto. She has been recognized for her “all-around” student achievements as she excelled in sports, extracurricular activities and her studies. She would go on to co-invent a simplified test for cervical cancer and became Chief of OB/GYN departments at Women’s College Hospital from 1947-1958 and helped to establish a Cancer Detection Clinic. Marion Hilliard died shortly after her retirement on July 15th, 1958 in Toronto.

      9 THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT MARION HILLIARD & SPORTS

1. Known as the “Lady of Letters” -- Marion earned Varsity “T”s in Ice Hockey and Tennis and “Vic Vs” for college volleyball, basketball and tennis.

2. Varsity Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year (1923), University Women's Tennis Champion (1923) and Captain of Women's Hockey Team (1926).

3. Awarded the Moss Scholarship for her outstanding “all-around activity.” Valued at $300 in 1924 (now equivalent to $4,000 US).

4. She was a "star hockey player" who helped beat the Ottawa Alerts (5 to 2) that lead to winning the 1925 Ontario Ladies Hockey Championship.

5. Her hockey clothing: ballooning bloomers, a white V-neck sweater, huge ribbed stockings with stripes, high-level show skates and padded gloves. 

6. Even though the Medettes' basketball won against McMaster (36-28), the Varsity newspaper reported a " 'handicap' due to the absence of their efficient side-centre, M. Hilliard" (Varsity, Nov 23, 1925).

7. Once during surgery Marion's patient looked up at her and drowsily said, ‘We wondered if you'd ever stop playing hockey and give someone else a chance’ (Robinson, 69) 

8. In 1987, Marion was inducted the University of Toronto's Varsity Blues Hall of Fame. She was 1 of 12 original inductees, along with Lester B. Pearson. 

9. In 1998, CIS hockey created the M. Hilliard Award for female "all-round" achievements in hockey, academics and community involvement. 

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