Deans and Directors of Household Science and Home Economics

Marjorie Guilford, BSc(HEc), MA (1972, 1974-1976)

Marjorie (Madge) Guildford studied at the University of Manitoba, where she received the Bachelor of Science degree and the Diploma of Education. She went on to Columbia University for the Master of Arts Degree. Prior to joining the College in 1956, she lectured in Home Economics at Macdonald Institute, Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph and at Macdonald College, McGill University. Her area of specialization was Clothing and Textiles, with a special interest in the history of costume. She taught a number of courses in these areas. Professor Guilford was an active member of professional associations, and served in many leadership capacities. She was Assistant Dean of the College, and then Acting Dean in 1972 and from 1974-76. This was a period of self-evaluation and change, and Professor Guilford’s warmth and dedication were of great help to many.

The College was saddened by Professor Guilford’s death in 1978 while on Sabbatical Leave in England. Colleagues, friends and students contributed to a fund in her memory, and two undergraduate Book Prizes and the Guildford Library of Historic Costume were established in her honour. The Guilford family contributed Madge’s historic costume collections of books and doll to the University. Please see Home Economics Alumni Contacts and Services for information on the collections.

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