Pelluet, Dixie

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Pelluet, Dixie

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1896-1990

History

Dixie Pelluet was born in London, England. She studied botany and graduated with an MA from both the University of Toronto and Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, where she also obtained her PhD in biology. She was a laboratory assistant in zoology in Alberta and taught zoology in various American colleges before being hired at Dalhousie as a lecturer in elementary zoology. Pelluet became an assistant professor of biology in zoology in 1931, appointed by President Stanley Mackenzie. Three years later in 1934, she married fellow zoologist Ronald Hayes at Dalhousie and became one half of a greatly respected academic couple. At the time, Pelluet was concerned that her marriage to Hayes would threaten her position as a professor. Before her marriage, Pelluet raised her concerns with President Carleton Stanley. The marriage went on as planned and Stanley made Pelluet an associate professor in 1941, but her salary remained frozen until 1947.

Pelluet was an outspoken advocate for equal gender treatment in academics, and wrote to President Kerr stating that she was “being quite unjustly penalized” for her gender and marriage. Her research focused on cellular differentiation. She and her husband were the first husband and wife team to receive honorary Doctors of Laws degrees on May 13, 1965.

Pelluet retired from Dalhousie University in August 1964 after working at the university for 26 years. She was 68 years old when she retired, during a period when women were not allowed to work at the university past 65 years of age. She was promoted to full professor three months before her retirement. Dixie and her husband are honored through the Ron Hayes and Dixie Pelluet Bursary in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
awarded annually by Dalhousie.

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Stanley, Carleton Wellesley (1886-1971)

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associative

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Stanley, Carleton Wellesley is the associate of Pelluet, Dixie

Dates of the relationship

1941

Description of relationship

President of Dalhousie Carleton Stanley made Dixie Pelluet an associate professor in 1941, after she obtained assurances from him that her marriage would not jeopardize her career.

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Science. (1842-)

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associative

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Science. is the associate of Pelluet, Dixie

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1931-1964

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Dixie Pelluet Hayes was a professor of Biology at Dalhousie from 1931 to 1964.

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MacKenzie, Arthur Stanley (1865-1938)

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associative

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MacKenzie, Arthur Stanley is the associate of Pelluet, Dixie

Dates of the relationship

1931

Description of relationship

Dixie Pelluet was hired by President of Dalhousie Stanley MacKenzie as an assistant professor of biology in zoology in 1931.

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Hayes, F. Ronald

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family

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Hayes, F. Ronald is the spouse of Pelluet, Dixie

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Dixie Pelluet Hayes was married to F. Ronald Hayes. The couple were the first husband and wife team to receive honorary Doctors of Laws degrees from Dalhousie University (May 13, 1965) and are honored by annually by the university through the Ron Hayes and Dixie Pelluet Bursary in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, 2nd Edition

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Authority record written by Nicole Dalrymple in July 2017.
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