Clara Christie

b. June 5, 1885 - Winchester, ON
m. 1937 - Calgary, AB
d. October 6, 1987 - Calgary, AB
Buried: Union Cemetery - Calgary, AB

Clara was the youngest of 10 children of Thomas and Jemima Christie. In 1903 the family moved to Calgary where Clara attended grade school, high school and normal. She taught school for 4 years in the Calgary area and in 1919 entered the University of Alberta to begin her studies in medicine. She transferred to Montreal McGill in 1921 and in 1925 received her M.D.CM degree. Clara interned at Montreal General for a year, followed by a year at Yale University Hospital in New Haven where she specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1927 Dr. Clara Christie returned to Calgary to establish her medical practice and was an outstanding Obstetrician until her retirement in 1955. In 1937, Clara and Orrin Might were married. Their first home location was donated to the Calgary Indian Friendship Centre in 1966 and it continues to be a focal point for native cultural activity in the city. With the inheritance from her brothers, Clara founded the Nat Christie Foundation in honor of her brother N J Christie, an outstanding Calgary businessman and leader in the community. Since its establishment in 1981, the Foundation has distributed its income in excess of $6,000,000, almost entirely in Calgary. Mrs. Might was a member of the Soroptomist Club, The Canadian Medical Association, former past chairman and honorary life member of the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Calgary Golf and Country Club and the Calgary Ranchmans Club.

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