Elva Irene Carrol
Died: January 20, 2014 (Hamilton, Ontario)
Elva Carrol (Social Sciences, ’51) was a dominant athlete while a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She competed in archery, golf, basketball and volleyball, and served as president of the Women’s Athletic Council in 1950-51. That same year, she received an Honour M award, as well as the Dr. Edna Guest Trophy, which is awarded a graduating female student athlete who shows noteworthy athletic ability.
Carrol was ladies champion at the Hamilton (Ont.) Golf and Country Club for four yearsm from 1957 to 1961, winning a Hamilton District title during the run.
In 1957, she lost in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open ladies tournament to Mary Gay of Calgary after 22 holes.
Two years later, Carrol was eliminated in the first round of the Open. Gayle Kitchens, a 15-year-old sensation from the Capilano Golf and Country Club of West Vancouver, B.C., defeated Carrol, 2 and 1.
She had a lengthy business career including becoming an assistant vice-president of Merrill Lynch Canada. She was later a financial consultant with Wood Gundy.
Carrol was inducted into the McMaster Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.