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Downie, Mary Alice

  • CA QUA09181
  • Person
  • 12 Feb. 1934-

Mary Alice Downie (born February 12, 1934) is an American-born Canadian writer.

The daughter of Canadian parents, she was born Mary Alice Dawe Hunter in Alton, Illinois and was educated at Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She married John Downie in 1959. She was a reporter for Marketing from 1955 to 1956; from 1956 to 1957, she was an editorial assistant for the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Downie was publicity manager for the Oxford University Press in Toronto from 1958 to 1959. She subsequently worked as a freelance writer. In 1959, Downie and her husband moved to Pittsburgh; they moved to Kingston, Ontario in 1962. From 1973 to 1979, Downie was book review editor for the Kingston Whig-Standard.

She has also contributed to The Horn Book Magazine, OWL, Chickadee, The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette.