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St. Paul’s Margaret MacRae Receives Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Award

Margaret MacRae, St. Paul, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

2012-05-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-20-12]

Margaret MacRae, St. Paul, Minn., received the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato last week.

MacRae, a physician at Minnesota Oncology in Minneapolis, is one of 10 2012 alumni award winners. She was honored at an April 20 ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

Humanitarian Awards go to Minnesota State Mankato graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

MacRae graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1998, she received the Minnesota State Mankato Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. By receiving the Humanitarian Award this year, she is the first-ever graduate to be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in two different categories. She is also a former member of the Foundation Board of Directors.

MacRae received her medical doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1974. She completed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center and completed a fellowship in oncology and hematology at the Mayo Clinic. In 2007, Minnesota Monthly magazine listed her as one of the state’s best doctors for women for the treatment of breast cancer. She is a former president of the Minnesota Medical Alumni Society and is an American Cancer Scholar. Previously, she was a physician at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato.

MacRae has combined her compassion for her patients and with a love of animals. She founded Angels Pet Sanctuary in Eagan, Minn. Angels Pet Sanctuary provides 5 1/2 acres of space, full-time employees and enlists the help of volunteers to care for animals seeking their forever homes. Over the years, MacRae has provided shelter or found homes for more than 300 dogs and 150 cats. Many of these animals came from her patients who could no longer care for their pets. She also has several trained therapy dogs, which she brings to the clinic and various events to provide comfort to her patients and patients’ families.

Those who want more information about the April 20 awards event may go to http://www.mnsu.edu/alumni/awards/ or call (507) 389-3235.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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