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August, 2017

Adolph, Jack, Saskatoon; University of Alberta, 1955; general pathology. Died June 29, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Rena, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Jack started his medical career in Milden, Sask., and went on to work as a pathologist in Swift Current, Sask., and then in Saskatoon.”

Ahuja, Prakash S., Waterloo, Ont.; University of Bombay (India), 1961; general surgery. Died June 6, 2017, aged 81. Survived by his wife Harpreet, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “After post-graduate training in the US he moved to Montréal, and for the next several years he and his expanding family [lived from] one end of the country to the other. They eventually settled in Kitchener-Waterloo, where he dedicated himself to a 40-year general surgery practice. During that time Dr. Ahuja wielded his scalpel with skill, built a large network of friends and colleagues, volunteered many hours with various boards, committees and tribunals, and contributed to the development of the local Sikh community.”

Allen, Raymond B., Fernie, BC; Eastern Virginia Medical School (US), 1988; family medicine. Died Jan. 22, 2017, aged 59.

Bezeredi, Tibor, West Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1960; psychiatry; former director, Psychiatric Emergency Services and Psychiatric Assessment Unit, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH); clinical professor emeritus, UBC; past president, BC Psychiatric Association; past executive member, Canadian Psychiatric Association. Died June 21, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his partner Meg, his first wife Judith, a daughter and a stepson. “Tibor was born and raised in Hungary, and after the 1956 uprising there he came to Canada as a refugee. He settled in Vancouver and enrolled in UBC medical school, and after finishing his training joined UBC’s Department of Psychiatry. He applied his knowledge of mental health in the Emergency Department of the VGH, and practised adult and forensic psychiatry for 40 years. He retired as a clinical professor. He extends his deepest gratitude to all the unnamed blood donors whose contributions prolonged his life.”

Bowman, Dennis J., Orillia, Ont.; Queen’s University, 2005; anesthesiology. Died following a paddleboarding accident July 8, 2017, aged 39. Survived by his partner, Alison Brown. “Dennis practised anesthesiology at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and at Northwest Health Centre in High Level, Alta. He had great respect for the profession and all his co-workers.”

Busser, James R., Vancouver; University of Western Ontario, 1984; internal medicine. Died of multiple myeloma June 23, 2017, aged 56. Survived by his wife Joanne and 2 children. “He was a physician, teacher and health system advocate.”

Clay, M. Graham, Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1956; general surgery; RCAF, 2 Wing Hospital, France; former medical director, Clinical Practice Subunit of General Surgery, Vancouver General Hospital; clinical professor emeritus, UBC. Died March 18, 2017, aged 85. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Graham, who had a fulfilling career specializing in breast cancer treatment, helped to develop British Columbia’s Screening Mammography Program. He was also involved in the development of the Laurel Medical Building, where he had his office until his retirement in 2003.”

Davis, Victoria J. (Vicki), Scarborough, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1985; obstetrics and gynecology. Died June 25, 2017, aged 62. Survived by her husband Javad and 3 children. “Vicki was a gifted medical professional, an obstetrician and gynecologist who worked diligently for her patients in the fields of adolescent gynecology, complex gynecologic surgery, infertility treatment and women’s integrated health medicine. She worked tirelessly to expand her professional knowledge and skills to help many women, adolescents and children in their time of need.”

d’Entremont, Philippe, Moncton, NB; Université Laval, 1944; medical officer, RCAF, WW II; general surgery; past president, Federation of the Medical Licensing Authorities of Canada and the Medical Council of Canada. Died June 15, 2017, aged 97. Survived by 4 children and a granddaughter. “Dr. d’Entremont was involved in the New Brunswick Medical Society’s activities for over 40 years, and he was a member of the provincial consulting committee of the Canadian Medical Protective Association.”

Dodd, W. Alan, Langley, BC; University of British Columbia, 1960; dermatology. Died June 17, 2017, aged 81. Survived by his wife Suellen, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Alan spent the last 50 years practising dermatology in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland and touched countless lives through his practice.” A resident he trained commented: “He had an amazing bedside manner with patients — always made them feel better.”

Echlin, Thomas H., Windsor, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1956; family medicine; life member and past president, Essex County Medical Society; life member, Ontario Medical Association. Died July 2, 2017, aged 84. Survived by his wife Beverly, a son, 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Thanks to my many patients for your kindness and confidence in my medical practice for 61 years.” A patient wrote: “I will miss him terribly.”

Ferguson, Ian A., Calgary; University of Alberta, 1955; obstetrics and gynecology. Died June 15, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A patient wrote: “If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today.”

Greenhill, Brian J., Edmonton; English Conjoint Board, 1957; orthopedic surgery. Died Jan. 19, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Iris, 5 children and 8 grandchildren. “Brian immigrated to Edmonton, where his time was divided between the Glenrose Rehabilitation and the Royal Alexandra hospitals. His career as an orthopedic surgeon was completed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where his specialty was pediatric orthopedics.” A former nursing colleague wrote: “An icon is gone.”

Hancke, Petrus J. (Piet), Brooks, Alta.; University of the Orange Free State (South Africa), 1976. Died June 14, 2017, aged 64. Survived by his wife Erina, 5 children and 3 grandchildren. “Piet grew up in Johannesburg and was in the first medical graduating class at the University of the Orange Free State. He moved from South Africa to Meadow Lake, Sask., in 2008, and in 2010 moved to Brooks.”

Heckadon, Robert, Windsor, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1960; plastic surgery; former reserve pilot, RCAF; former chief of medical staff, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Windsor; recipient, Glenn Sawyer Service Award, Ontario Medical Association. Died June 22, 2017, aged 84. Survived by his wife Camilla, 5 children and 4 grandchildren. “Bob practised plastic surgery in Windsor from 1966 to 1996. After closing his practice he joined the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board as a medical adviser. He became a medical coordinator in 1997 and acted as associate director for clinical services (Southern Ontario) from 1998 to 2010. He worked until age 82, and spent 4 years assisting in surgery.”

Horner, George S., Clarenville, NL; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1957; general pathology. Died April 21, 2017, aged 83. Survived by his wife Alison, a daughter and a grandson.

Irwin, D. June, Hudson, Que.; McGill University, 1961; dermatology. Died June 22, 2017, aged 83. “Her zest to excel and an innate stubbornness spilled into her dedication to ridding the world of toxic pesticides. Research, lab tests and all related costs were borne from her own pocket. She would rather not eat than allow the cause to fail. Her pioneering diligence caught the eye of many reporters, TV hosts, magazines and politicians, especially in Hudson. Five decades of intense fighting for toxic-free communities were victorious in June 2003 when Hudson became the first city in Canada to ban pesticides.” In 2001, Susan Pinker wrote in CMAJ: “Dr. June Irwin has whittled her routine down to the basics of life. The basics mean being the sole physician in a busy dermatology practice, while tending to the daily needs of over 100 chickens, 29 sheep and 25 geese on her farm. When she’s not examining rashes or keeping coyotes out of the henhouse, Dr. Irwin focuses on her other preoccupation — documenting the effects of pesticide exposure on health. ‘That’s what’s good about living on a farm,’ she says while leaning on her shepherd’s crook. ‘You learn to follow the rules of nature.’ ”

Kafato, Krino, Burlington, Ont.; Istanbul University (Turkey), 1950; psychiatry. Died May 9, 2017, aged 93. Survived by his wife June, 4 children, 5 grandchildren and a great-grandson. “Born in Trabzon, Turkey, he moved to Canada in 1956. Krino will be remembered for his positivity, his love of his family and friends, genuine concern for his patients, dedication to the medical profession, and his many contributions to the community.”

Kerr Macdonald, D’Arcy, North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1941; RCAF, WW II; ophthalmology; former chief of ophthalmology, Toronto Western Hospital; professor, U of T. Died June 24, 2016, aged 103. Survived by 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “D’Arcy, who died at the grand age of 103, remembered his mother ironing dollar bills to sterilize them during the Spanish flu epidemic and feeding homeless men at their house during the Depression. Serving others was a calling and a constant in his life. Kindness, empathy and humour were as natural as the air he breathed and, in turn, he brought out the best in others. These qualities allowed him to connect with his patients in extraordinary ways. With dedication, he made house calls and visited lonely hospitalized patients on Christmas Day, lifting their spirits with his caring and warmth.”

Lesser, Arthur L., Hamilton; Dalhousie University, 1956; psychiatry; professor emeritus, McMaster University; past president, Ontario Psychiatric Association. Died June 27, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Liz, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “He was a member of the Faculty of Psychiatry at McMaster University from 1969 to 1988, and was president of the Ontario Psychiatric Association in 1983-84. He returned to private practice in 1988 and retired in 1996.”

Lister, John G., Owen Sound, Ont.; RCNR, Korean War; University of Toronto, 1955; psychiatry. Died June 23, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Kimiko, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. “Most of his medical career was devoted to the treatment of children and adolescents, and he founded the C.M. Hincks Rural Treatment Centre.”

Logan, Robert I., New Westminster, BC; University of Manitoba, 1945; anesthesiology. Died July 1, 2017, aged 102.

Malkin, Aaron, Toronto; University of Manitoba, 1949; internal medicine. Died Nov. 6, 2016, aged 90. Survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Malkin died while travelling in Israel. He was a lifelong learner and supporter of the arts.”

McIntyre, Hugh M., Thunder Bay, Ont.; RCAF, WW II; University of Manitoba, 1952; diagnostic radiology. Died May 9, 2017, aged 92. Survived by his wife Margaret (Peggy), 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “He practised in Brandon, Man., until 1957, and then returned to Winnipeg to study radiology. The family moved to Thunder Bay in 1965, where Hugh practised at McKellar Hospital. . . . As a woodworker, he created artistic and distinctive furniture in abundance, and finished his last bench just over a month ago.”

Spencer, Brian P., Victoria; University of Alberta, 1975; family medicine. Died June 23, 2017, aged 68. Survived by his wife Fran and 2 children. “He loved the practice of medicine and had hoped to continue for many years. Medicine allowed him to get to know and spend time with his patients while providing opportunities for many adventures and endeavours: he was a founding physician and great supporter of the Shelbourne Medical Clinic, one of the originators of and early participants in ViVa (Victoria Vanuatu Physicians Project) and he was one of the creators of Osler software.” A patient wrote: “Every visit I had with him the nurse would knock on the door to remind him that he had other patients waiting.”

Stewart, Irwin F., New Westminster, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1956; otolaryngology; Order of Canada. Died June 5, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Lois, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “Dr. Stewart was recognized as a pioneer in the medical profession. He was clinical professor, head of otolaryngology and professor emeritus at UBC, and was awarded the prestigious Mosher Award by the Triological Society. He also served as president or board member for the BC Otolaryngology Society, BC Hearing Aid Board, BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology and numerous federal task forces. He was also dedicated to health care in New Westminster, where he served as chief of staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and chair of the St. Mary’s Health Foundation.”

Sweeney, Denis B., Long Beach, Calif.; University of Toronto, 1956; ophthalmology. Died May 23, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Betty, 3 children and 10 grandchildren. “After completing ophthalmology training at Harvard and McGill, he began 6 years of research in Boston in 1960. In 1966 he moved to Toronto, where he developed a thriving private practice in Scarborough and performed innovative retina, glaucoma and cataract surgical procedures at Scarborough General and Scarborough Centenary hospitals.”

Tenenbaum, Jerry, Victoria; University of Toronto, 1973; rheumatology. Died July 6, 2017, aged 69. Survived by his wife, Lucretia van den Berg, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.

Tsai, Ching-Hui, Gatineau (Qc); Université Claude-Bernard (France), 1968; medical oncology. Died June 23, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Michele and 2 children. “He retired in 2002 after a long and rewarding career as a hematologist-oncologist.”

Violago, Francisco C. (Fran), Winnipeg; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1955; vascular surgery. Died June 17, 2017, aged 84. Survived by 3 children. “Fran practised medicine for 6 decades, and his late wife, Estela, often administered the anesthetic when he was operating. Fran was renowned for his skills as a physician and surgeon. Over the years so many of Dad’s patients and colleagues spoke about how much they admired both his skill and his kindness. Fran only retired a couple of months before he died, when his final illness forced him to stop.”

Watson, Cecil M., Edmonton; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1950; anesthesiology. Died May 29, 2017, aged 91. Survived by 3 children and 4 granddaughters. “Like many of his peers, he immigrated to Western Canada. Later, he specialized in anesthesiology at McGill University before returning to Edmonton. He made lifelong friends during his 30-years-plus career at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Kingsway Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Suite, and was fondly known to his patients for his compassion and bedside manner. He continued to be clever, curious and engaged right up to the end of his life, and often wished he was much younger to be able to still work in an environment of rapid medical advances.”

Whittier, Donald P., Dundas, Ont.; RCAF, army, WW II; Queen’s University, 1951; family medicine. Died June 22, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Patricia, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Don and Pat (RN Class 51B, Hamilton General Hospital) carried on a busy medical practice from their home in Dundas for over 50 years. He worked tirelessly, providing dedicated and compassionate care for all his patients.”