Mourning Tamar Oppenheimer, OC, BA’46, LLD’94


It is with regret that the Faculty of Law learned that Dr. Tamar Oppenheimer, OC, BA'46, LLD'94, passed away on June 9, 2010. She was 84.

Dr. Oppenheimer was the first Canadian woman to serve as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and began her distinguished career with the UN in 1946, three weeks after her graduation from McGill.

Over the course of more than 40 years, she held a number of high-level posts in Human Rights, Settlements, Narcotic Drugs, and as Deputy to the Director General of the UN office in Vienna.

Dr. Oppenheimer, who received an honorary doctor of laws degree from McGill in 1994, endowed the Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at the Faculty in 2006.