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Professor had passion for disability rights and justice

Published: October 16 , 2009

An associate professor who played a key role in the development of the occupational therapy programs in Hamilton, particularly at McMaster, has died.

Mary Tremblay, 64, was a key member of the therapists who developed occupational therapy programs at Mohawk College in the 1970s. She moved to McMaster in 1985, and directed the degree completion program for occupational therapy and physiotherapy. For one year during the development of the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster in 1989, she was associate dean of occupational therapy and physiotherapy programs. She had retired at the end of August, this year.

"Mary’s contributions to our programs are immeasurable," said Mary Law, associate dean, rehabilitation science. "Her passions for disability rights and justice have taught all of us about the importance of creating an inclusive world.

"Mary was looking forward to enjoying her retirement and it is such a tragedy to have this time cut so short."

Tremblay was an exceptional educator, and she taught thousands of students over her career. She was also well known for her research and advocacy for war veterans with disabilities and the disability rights movement.

Friends are invited to join the family in celebrating her life Friday, Oct. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the JB Marlatt Funeral Home, 195 King Street West, Dundas.

In lieu of flowers, the Mary Tremblay Scholarship Fund at McMaster University is being established in her memory. Donations may be made at, choosing this scholarship from the 'designation for this gift' menu.

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