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Dr. McGarry was born in Montreal, matriculated from the Ontario Ladies College (Whitby, Ontario) and received both her B.Sc (1937) and her M.D. (1947) from McGill. As an undergraduate she was active in many student societies such as the McGill Women's Medical Society, the Medical Undergraduates' Society and the Osler Society. She was Vice-President of her medical class for three years. After receiving her medical degree McGarry was awarded a Post Graduate Medical Fellowship from the National Research Council of Canada, and, later, specialist diplomas from the Royal College (Canada) and the Quebec College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her particular field of interest was Endrocrinology.