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Dr. Margaret MacGillivray, specialist in endocrinology

Dr. Margaret MacGillivray

Aug. 30, 1930 -- Sept. 17, 2016

A memorial service for Dr. Margaret MacGillivray, a well-known specialist in endocrinology, especially in children, will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 11 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She died Sept. 17 from Alzheimer’s disease.

For more than 40 years, she was a highly respected physician at Children’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University at Buffalo.

She was born Margaret Hilda Stoute in Trinidad, where she lived until the age of 10. As a child she endured the breakup of her parents and the subsequent death of her mother. Margaret and her four siblings immigrated to Canada, where they were raised by her father and step-mother. The hardships she endured as a child affected her deeply. Reaching adulthood, she was determined to be self-reliant.

Margaret attended pre-medical and medical school at the University of Toronto. She moved to Los Angeles, where she was chief resident at Cedars-Sanai Medical Center and research fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Biology.

In 1957 she married Dean MacGillivray, a mathematician who died in 2001. Following three years in Boston, during which she was a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital Children’s Service, they relocated to Buffalo in 1964, where they would establish their careers and raise their children.

At Children’s Hospital, Dr. MacGillivray eventually became director of the Division of Endocrinology. Through her work in UB's Department of Pediatrics, she was passionate about her roles as researcher and professor. She authored or co-authored more than 100 published articles and more than 20 published chapters, and presented more than 100 abstracts at various Endocrine meetings. Her seminal study on growth hormone secretion in 1967 established her as a pioneer in her field. She received many honors throughout her life in research, and is listed in the book 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century.

She also was considered an an outstanding mentor to her students for more than 30 years. In 1977 she received the Louis and Ruth Siegel Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Among numerous professional appointments, she was a medical advisor for the Food and Drug Administration and served as the president of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society in 1995.

Dr. MacGillivray enjoyed skiing, camping, gardening, Buffalo Philharmonic concerts, and family trips. She was known for opening her house, especially during the holidays, to co-workers, friends and neighbors.

She retired from full-time work in 2001 but continued to work part-time until 2010.

Dr. MacGillivray, who gifted her body to Stanford University, is survived by her brother Pat; a daughter, Janet; two sons, John and Matthew; and grandchildren.


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