Mary Couper Cumming

Biography of Mary Couper Cumming

Mary Couper MacDougall
Mary Couper MacDougall

Mary Couper Cumming was born on 12th October 1926 in Glasgow. Her father Edward Mitchell Erskine Cumming was a medical practioner in Glasgow and the family lived at 1 Victoria Park Drive North. Mary attended Laurel Bank School for Girls between the years 1937 to 1943. Whilst at school Mary held the position of Head Girl in the year 1942-43. She also won a school history prize in 1942 demonstrating that she was an intelligent and highly involved student. Mary’s younger sister Margaret also attended Laurel Bank School and both went on to study at The University of Glasgow.

Mary’s first degree at the University was a Bachelors of Science in Pure Science, which she began studying for in 1943. In her first year she took classes including; Botany, Chemistry and Natural Philosophy. She won class prizes for all three subjects. After graduating on 1st November 1947 Mary continued her studies to work towards an MB ChB, her subjects including Materia Medica and Clinical Surgery for which she received 1st class certificates. Mary graduated with her MB ChB on 7th July 1951. Mary graduated with her final University of Glasgow degree with an MD on 10th January 1959.

Mary’s University admission form also states she was a keen pianist, golfer and tennis player. After her University career Mary lived at 6 Kelvin Crescent, Bearsden with her husband Alasdair MacDougall, a fellow graduate of the University. They would go on to have three children together. She became a Lecturer in Physiology and Student Counsellor at the University of Glasgow. Mary Couper MacDougall died on the 13th of January, 2015.


Mary Couper Cumming
Born 12 October 1926.
Died 13 January 2015.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: BSc, 1947; MBChB, 1951; Medicine, MD, 1959; Medicine,
Record last updated: 1st May 2019

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