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Allisonian Firsts: Sarah (Maybee) Crowe

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

Sarah (Maybee) Crowe

First female recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, 1981

Portrait of Sarah Maybee

Sarah (Maybee) Crowe, [ca. 1981]

Mount Allison University Archives, Mount Allison University Information Office fonds, 8805/6/2/3. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

Sarah Maybee came to Mount Allison from Fredericton, New Brunswick. She earned a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from Mount Allison (which she completed at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland), a DPhil in Molecular Biology from Oxford University in England, and obtained her medical degree from the University of Toronto.

The Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1902 with the aim of providing financial assistance for students to undertake postgraduate work at the University of Oxford. It was not until 1977 that women could be nominated. In 1981, Sarah Maybee became Mount Allison University's 38th Rhodes Scholar, and the first woman from Mount Allison University to receive the award. Since, eleven of Mount Allison’s 17 Rhodes Scholars have been women.

Dr. Crowe continued her medical training and now works as a Ophthalmic Surgeon in New South Wales.