Biography of Lady May Baird
Matilda Deans Baird, née Tennant, Lady May Baird,(1901-1983) was a graduate of the University who became a prominent local politician in the North East of Scotland.
Baird studied Science and Medicine at the University, graduating BSc in 1922 and MB, ChB in 1924. She worked in junior positions in local hospitals before marrying the gynaecologist and obstetrician Dugald Baird (knighted in 1959), who was Regius Professor of Midwifery at the University of Aberdeen from 1937 to 1965. She was elected to Aberdeen Town Council in 1938, becoming Chairman of the Public Health Committee, and in 1947 was elected Chairman of the North Eastern Regional Hospital Board, the first woman to hold such a post.
Among other offices, Baird was a member of the Maternity Services Review Committee of the Department of Health. She was made a CBE in 1962 and was a National Governor of the BBC from 1966 to 1970.