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April, 2018

Adey, Christopher K., Windsor, Ont.; Memorial University, 1977; diagnostic radiology. Died March 11, 2018, aged 65. Survived by 2 sons. “Chris was born in St. John’s, and after medical school specialized in diagnostic radiology at the University of Ottawa. During his time there, he served as an assistant professor. He also studied cardiovascular diagnostic imaging at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and spent the majority of his career practising in southwestern Ontario.”

Aikenhead, Donald H., Milton, Ont.; University of British Columbia, 1955; family medicine. Died May 4, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Barbara, 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. “In 1957 Don answered a newspaper ad for the Stevenson Clinic in Milton, and moved there to begin his medical career. He fast became a well-respected family physician who would serve the community for over 40 years before retiring in 1996. In retirement, Don travelled to St. Vincent and Haiti to participate in vaccination clinics and provide medical care.”

Bailes, Michelle A., Portage la Prairie, Man.; University of Manitoba, 2010; family medicine. Died due to complications from a pulmonary embolism March 17, 2018, aged 38. Survived by her father and a brother. “Michelle completed rural family medicine training in Dauphin, Man., in 2012, and trained as an anesthetist in 2013. She worked at the Portage District Hospital and became a partner at the Portage Medical Clinic in 2014. Michelle was highly respected by staff and was a strong advocate for her patients. Her death is not only a great loss to her family and friends, but also to her cherished and beloved ‘medical family’ in Portage la Prairie, who fought so valiantly to save her, and who miss her profoundly.”

Bia, F. Hussain, Saskatoon; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1969. Died March 18, 2018, aged 79. Survived by his wife Maud, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “He was a good doctor and a super asset to Foam Lake, Sask., and the surrounding area.”

Bose, Bireswar, Edmonton; University of Calcutta (India), 1956; general surgery. Died March 3, 2018, aged 87. “After immigrating to Canada in 1969, he settled in Barrhead, Alta., to carry on his surgical practice. After he became a Royal College (Canada) fellow in 1974 he was appointed as a consultant surgeon to the breast unit at the Cross Cancer Institute, where he was involved in both clinical and research work. His significant contributions to medicine include developing a technique for excision of nail-fold for in-growing toe nails (1971), and his use of amniotic membrane to treat burn wounds (1979). Both processes are still relevant today. In 2002, he retired from active practice to take care of his wife, Dr. Anita Bose, who had become ill. She passed away in April of 2017.”

Brown, Frederic N. (Norman), Kanata, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1947; general surgery. Died March 18, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Norman practised as a general surgeon at the Ottawa Civic Hospital until 1972, when he assumed the leadership role of secretary treasurer of the Canadian Medical Protective Association, which he led until his retirement in 1988.”

Caldwell, Forrest H., Ariss, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1981; family medicine. Died “after a long dance with cancer” Jan. 27, 2018, aged 62. Survived by 2 sons. “It was Forrest’s wish to donate the gift of learning to students, emergency professionals and health care professionals studying human anatomy at the University of Guelph.” The university commented: “Our community is mourning the death of Dr. Forrest Caldwell, a longstanding doctor at the university’s health services centre. To mark the contributions Forrest made, campus flags will be lowered to half-mast Feb. 7.”

Cerrolaza, Miguel, Montréal; University of Madrid (Spain), 1955; psychiatry. Died March 2, 2018, aged 86.

Delios, Evangelos G. (George), Winnipeg; Alexandria University (Egypt), 1960. Died March 12, 2018, aged 88. Survived by his wife Sylvia, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “George arrived in Winnipeg in 1966 and took a position in anesthesiology at the Deer Lodge Hospital and the Grace Hospital. As an anesthesiologist, his patients were usually in a deep sleep and he missed interacting with them. For this reason, he left anesthesiology in 1969 and established a family practice at the Westwood Clinic, where he practised for 20 years. George became a much-loved member of the community, and made numerous friends among his patients. He loved delivering babies, and was a constant presence on the labour and delivery unit. Family practice was his passion, and he spoke fondly of being part of his patients’ lives. George could not go anywhere in town without running into his patients, colleagues and friends. This meant that a 20-minute visit to the grocery store often took 2 or 3 hours, because he would always stop to chat.”

Densmore, Lis, Whitehorse, Yukon; University of Alberta, 1974. Died following a motor vehicle accident Jan. 6, 2018, aged 69. Survived by 2 daughters and her ex-husband, Peter Densmore, who told the Yukon News: “Lis contributed a lot here. At one point, she could probably rightfully say she delivered half the kids who were here in Whitehorse.” Dr. Alex Poole, president of the Yukon Medical Association, told the Whitehorse Daily Star: “Lis was a very good doctor, with a great compassion for women’s health in particular. Her all-round skills were a significant asset to the community for decades. I always appreciated her succinct and to-the-point correspondence, and her willingness to assist in the care of patients at all times.”

Desnoyers, Normand, La Prairie, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1979. Died March 24, 2017, aged 66.

Drolet, Marcel, Sherbrooke, Que.; Université Laval, 1949; nuclear medicine. Died March 19, 2018, aged 95.

Dworschak, Francis, London, Ont.; University of Vienna (Austria), 1948. Died Feb. 14, 2018, aged 95. Survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “In addition to being a well-respected physician in Ottawa for over 40 years, he was a certified gemologist, author, farmer, hunter, winter camper and music enthusiast. His motto: ‘Why not?’ ”

Feldman, Edward D. (Ted), North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1943; family medicine. Died March 15, 2017, aged 97. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Flanagan, Wayne H., Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1974. Died Feb. 9, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his wife Shirley, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “Following his death I took a few moments to reflect on my younger days, and the many positive interactions [I had] with Dr. Flanagan.”

Furlong, Dennis J., Dalhousie, NB; Memorial University, 1976; past president, New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; former minister of health and community services, minister of health and wellness, and minister of education, New Brunswick; recipient, Canadian Medical Association’s Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action; senior member, Canadian Medical Association; honorary doctor of laws, University of New Brunswick; recipient, NBMS Order of Merit. Died March 9, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his spouse, Pierrette Arseneault, 3 children, a stepdaughter and 8 grandchildren. In describing his career, Dr. Furlong wrote: “I have been blessed with a wonderful profession. I have been privileged to care for others who hold the medical profession in high esteem.” Former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord told the CBC: “From the first time I met Dennis, I was impressed by his intelligence, his sense of community, and his desire to do things for others. You could see that throughout his life, not just his political life, all his life.”

Hipwell, Alexander E., Dartmouth, NS; Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 1974; psychiatry. Died Feb. 15, 2018, aged 67.

Hiscock, Robert J. (Jim), St. Marys, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1961; family medicine. Died Feb. 18, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Norma and 4 children. “Jim was a family physician for over 45 years, primarily practising in St. Marys. He delivered over 1500 babies during his career, and was very proud to see his daughter, Dr. Susan Hiscock, also carry forward a medical practice in St. Marys.”

Jochem, Klaus, Montréal; McGill University, 1985. Died Nov. 1, 2017, aged 65.

Johnston, Dennis W. (Denny), Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1958; obstetrics and gynecology; associate professor, Dalhousie University. Died Feb. 11, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Lalia, 3 children, 5 grandchildren and a step-granddaughter. “After training, he came home in 1964 to open his practice in Dartmouth, NS, where he spent his career between his office and local hospitals, including 25 years as chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Dartmouth General Hospital. It is estimated that Denny delivered over 7000 babies throughout his career. He was passionate about teaching sexual education, both at Dalhousie medical school and to the public on his cable TV program, Let’s Talk About Sex. Denny had his own signature kindness and generosity that everyone loved. He went to the funeral of every nurse and doctor he had worked with, and no matter what the conditions were, he always had a joke to tell.”

Johnston, Donald W. (Bill), Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1975; orthopedic surgery; former chief of surgery, University of Alberta Hospital and Grey Nuns Community Hospital; former site medical director, University Hospital. Died Feb. 19, 2018, aged 67. Survived by his wife, Mary Ritchie, 4 children, 2 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren. “Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Johnston, who left him too early from melanoma in 2004. In 2006, Bill helped establish the Mary Johnston Chair in Melanoma Research at the Cross Cancer Institute, Canada’s first melanoma research professorship, made possible by a $1 million donation in honour of Mary from her family and friends. Mary and Bill Johnston’s dedication to melanoma research will live on through the important work made possible by this professorship and research chair.”

Key, Fiona M., Montréal; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1970; psychiatry. Died March 4, 2018, aged 71. Survived by a daughter. “After working as a pediatrician serving remote communities, first in northern Scotland and then in Newfoundland and Labrador, Fiona worked as a child psychiatrist for 40 years with the Montréal Children’s Hospital. She was a wonderful healer and teacher who loved her work deeply and changed the lives of so many.” A colleague wrote: “She was a role model for generations of child psychiatrists and family therapists.”

Lafontaine, Guy, Trois-Rivières, Que.; Université Laval, 1963; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 1, 2018, aged 79. Survived by 2 daughters.

Loo, Laine, Vancouver; University of Tartu (Estonia), 1944. Died March 4, 2018, aged 97. Survived by 2 children. “Laine was born in Sindi, Estonia, and graduated from medical school in 1944. She escaped with her husband and young daughter to Sweden in 1944, and after rewriting her exams practised medicine there. Laine immigrated to Canada with her husband and their 2 children in 1951, and they settled in Vancouver. She once more wrote and passed her medical exams in BC, and worked as a physician from 1954 until retiring in 1979.”

Moran, Edward J., Millbrook, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1957; former chief, Department of General Practice, Scarborough General Hospital; former chief executive officer, Ontario Medical Association (OMA); former member, Canadian Medical Association Board of Directors. Died Jan. 1, 2018, aged 84. Survived by his wife Jeanne, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “Ed’s passion for the politics of health care led him to leave clinical practice in 1976 to take a full-time staff position at the OMA, first as director of medical services and, 4 years later, as CEO. As CEO, Ed transformed the OMA into a responsive, effective political organization. He earned the respect of all 3 political parties and governments at the provincial and federal level in what was often a turbulent climate for the profession.”

Philbrook, Frank A., Oakville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1958. Died Oct. 30, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Midge, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Frank attended the University of Toronto for both pharmacy (1954) and medicine, then ventured to Kashmir, India and Pakistan. His career as a medical director for the pharmaceutical industry surrounded his 5 years as a Member of Parliament for the country he loved so deeply.”

Purdon, Derek H. (Jimmy), Comox, BC; McGill University, 1964. Died Oct. 13, 2017, aged 84. Survived by 4 children and 9 grandchildren. “Derek was born in Liverpool, England, and during the war he was sent to Wales under evacuation decree to live with an unknown family. He stayed there for the next 4 years, and returned home to Liverpool unable to speak English. After his mandatory army service he and his wife, Ann (deceased 2009), made a spontaneous decision to move to Canada, where he was accepted at McGill University. Derek was a committed physician who worked into his 80th year. In his practice, he was dedicated to both his patients and to life-long learning. His professional legacy lives on in both his son Michael, a GP, and his granddaughter Molly, a medical student.”

Rubin, Jack A., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1950; otolaryngology. Died Oct. 14, 2017, aged 92. Survived by his wife Clarice, 3 children, 2 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. “For many years Jack was head of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Health Sciences Centre, and he served as president of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology. He continued to practise until his retirement at age 75. He was also an all-star athlete at both the high school and university levels, and he picked up a tennis racquet in his teens and didn’t put it down until age 87, at which time he was still playing doubles with his daughter and grandchildren. He also loved to swim — at age 90 he was swimming half a mile several times a week.”

Sahai, Sankar, Newmarket, Ont.; University of London (England), 1960. Died Feb. 25, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his wife Calouti, 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Skain, Francis J., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; obstetrics and gynecology. Died March 18, 2018, aged 89. Survived by his wife Marilyn, 8 children, 8 grandchildren, and his stepchildren and step-grandchildren. “Frank was a well-respected obstetrician/gynecologist in Toronto. He began his medical career at Northwestern General Hospital in 1961, also practising at Branson Hospital and later at Humber River Regional Hospital. Throughout his long career he worked passionately to ensure the healthy birth of many of Toronto’s children.”

Sluzar, Roman L., Mississauga, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1953; anesthesiology. Died Feb. 14, 2018, aged 91.

Thibault, Jean-Paul, St-Jérôme, Que.; Université Laval, 1948; general surgery. Died March 20, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife, Raymonde Leblanc, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Dr. Thibault was one of the founding physicians of Hôtel-Dieu in St-Jérôme, where he worked as a surgeon from 1952 to 1998.”

Van Heerden, Hendrik G., Winnipeg; University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1971. Died March 13, 2018, aged 71.

Woods, Lorna Jane, North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1951. Died Feb. 17, 2018, aged 91. Survived by 3 children. “Lorna Jane was in the first medical class at the University of Toronto in which 30% of the class were women. She worked at the Toronto Western Hospital in radiology until 1953, when she married and started a family. Later, she completed her residency in psychiatry at the Clarke Institute. Until her retirement in 1996, she practised as a general practitioner specializing in psychiatry.”