While researching a short article on the men who received an honorary or ad eundem MD degree from McGill in the 19th century (see: Osler Library Newsletter, 2015. No. 122) the name Auger D L Carey appeared. According to many sources a person with this name obtained an ad eundem MD in 1864.
McGill awarded very few ad eundem MD degrees and all the other recipients were well-known physicians; Auger Carey was unknown.
It appears that the degree was actually awarded to a British army medical officer (Langer Carey) who was, at that time, posted to the Royal Artillery and posted in Montreal. The section from the OLN article reads:
Langer Carey (1831–1882).
Langer Carey was born into a medical family in Newport, Tipperary, Ireland; both his father (also called Langer) and at least one of his brothers, Samuel Orby Carey, were also physicians. He obtained a BA from Trinity College Dublin in 1852, became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1856, and received his MB, also from Trinity, in 1858. He joined the Army Medical Department in 1858, was posted to the Royal Artillery in 1859, served with them in Montreal from 1861 until 1865, and was later posted to Toronto and Malta. Carey was promoted to the rank of Surgeon-Major in 1873, and resigned from the Army in 1879. He then moved to the Hawkes Bay area of New Zealand, where he included “M.D. (Causa Honoris) McGill University, Ontario” [sic] among his credentials when registering in New Zealand in 1880. Carey died in 1882, after practising in Hastings for less than two years.
From the Corporation minute book (too fragile to scan) as part of a Report on degrees awarded in 1864 it is noted that “At the Regular Meeting of the Corporation of McGill University held on Wednesday the 25th January 1865 at McGill College…” (p. 227)
Taranaki Herald. 1880 Nov 15; 28(3591): 2 col. 1.
The diary of Vicesimus Lush (an Anglican missionary/minister in New Zealand) for 10th March 1882, refers to Carey as....`a Doctor Carey (an opium eater or smoker!) [who was] generally beclouded.’ (Information from Derek Dow, University of Aukland. August 2015.)
Last revised 28 August 2015