numerous UNESCO tours, and various astronomy conferences, she traveled in all but six countries.
17 Whether it was urging a driver on through
impossible roads in Ghana's interior or crossing the Khyber Pass three
times in one day by bus, taxi, and lorry seemed to damped her
adventurous spirit. Indeed, whenever Allie Douglas's name is mentioned, the word "intrepid" is not far behind.
She tied her hair in a bun, wore comfortable tweeds and sturdy walking shoes, and had a strong handshake. Her graceful manner led her
many friends, colleges, and students to believe her quite ageless. She
enjoyed the company of her nieces and nephews and was a frequent
visitor at their summer cottage, which had formerly belonged to her
parents. In one of her last interviews in 1984, she insisted: "I can't think
of anything more dismal than to have to earn your living doing something that was distasteful or didn't really call forth your enthusiasm or
joy in doing it. It makes all the difference if you love what you're doing.
I have been very lucky."
19 In 1988, astronomers named the recently discovered planet Vibert Douglas in her memory.
Allie Vibert Douglas, "Memoirs," [typerscript in Allie Vibert Douglas Papers, Archives, Queen's University Archieves, Kingston, Ontario: Chapter 2, p. 14.
"Prize Winners at McGill," Montreal Daily Star ( May 12, 1920): 5.
Douglas, "Memoirs," Chapter 3, p. 4.
Ibid., "Cambridge 1921-23," p. 1.
Ibid., Chapter 3, p. 5.
Ibid., "Cambridge 1921-23," p. 17.
Allie Vibert Douglas, "The Sizes of Particles in Certain Pelagic Deposits," Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 43 ( 1922- 1923): 16; Allie Vibert Douglas
, Deep Sea Deposits and Dredgings ( London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1930).
Douglas, "Memoirs," Chapter 4, p. 8.
Lynn Messerschmidt, "Old Time Astronomer," Whig Standard [ Kingston, Ontario] ( December 15, 1984): 10-11.
Eileen Clark, "Dr. A. Vibert Douglas," Canadian Federation of University
Women Journal 24, no. 9 ( 1988): 11.
Shirley Brooks, "Dr. A Vibert Douglas, A Personal Memory," Canadian
Federation of University Women Journal 24, no. 12 ( 1988): 3.
"Eleven Are Named Women of the Century," Globe and Mail [ Ottawa, Ontario] ( June 7, 1967): 11; "Dr. Vibert Douglas Named as 'Woman of the Century,'" Whig Standard [ Kingston, Ontario], no. 158 ( June 7, 1967): 23; Robert M. Stamp, Canadian Obituary Record ( Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1988), pp. 46-47; A. H. Batten, "Douglas, Allie Vibert," in Canadian Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., Vol. 1 ( Edmonton: