Constance Glube, 1st female chief justice of a Canadian court, dead at 84

Constance Glube, the first woman appointed chief justice of a Canadian court, has died.

Glube was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1982

Retired Chief Justice Constance Glube died Monday at the age of 84. (Courts of Nova Scotia)

The first woman to become chief justice of a Canadian court has died. 

Constance Glube was 84.

In 1982, Glube was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the first woman in Canada to hold the position. In 1998, she went on to become chief justice of Nova Scotia's highest court, the Court of Appeal.

Glube was born in Ottawa. She earned a bachelor of arts from McGill University and went on to law school, graduating from Dalhousie University in 1955. She was called to the Nova Scotia bar the following year.

Two decades later, she became Halifax's city manager — and she was the first woman to hold that position in a Canadian city, according to the Courts of Nova Scotia.

"But Chief Justice Glube's steadfast dedication to overcoming the gender, ethnic and religious barriers of her era did not start there," reads a statement published on the Courts of Nova Scotia website. 

"As a Jewish woman living in the Canada of the mid-1900s, her story is one of a lifelong commitment to the principle of equal opportunity in her community and in her chosen profession."

Glube went on to receive many accolades for her work in law, including being made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

After working as a lawyer for 21 years and as a judge for another 27 years, Glube retired in 2004. 

A memorial service for Glube will be held on Wednesday.


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