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August, 2018

Armstrong, Gordon W., Ottawa; Queen’s University, 1947; orthopedic surgery; former chief of orthopedics, Ottawa Civic Hospital; first medical director, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre; professor of surgery, University of Ottawa; past president, Canadian Orthopedic Association; founding member and past president, Scoliosis Research Society; honorary professor of surgery, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. Died June 24, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his wife Molly, 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “In 1954 he began his surgical practice in Ottawa. During his career he became internationally recognized for his skills as a surgeon, teacher, mentor and innovator in the development of modern spine surgery. Believing deeply in sharing his knowledge and techniques to benefit others, he trained medical professionals from around the world, and he never accepted royalties for the medical devices he invented. He also had a long, productive relationship with the National Research Council.”

Ceresney, Fred P., Langley, BC; University of Toronto, 1954; family medicine. Died June 26, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Ina, 10 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Fred lived a life devoted to service. As a teenager, he joined the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and served for 3 years. He then returned home, got his high school equivalency and began his medical training. He re-enlisted while in medical school and after graduating he served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, seeing service in Egypt in 1957-58 and receiving a United Nations Emergency Medal. He left the military in 1959 to open a practice, and over the next 42 years, in his office and at Langley Memorial Hospital, he cared for the people of Langley. After open-heart surgery in 2001 he closed his office; but after a 4-month ‘retirement’ he returned to medicine as a locum. He finally retired in 2007 at age 81. His commitment to his profession extended beyond his practice to his involvement in policy through his committee work within the British Columbia Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.”

Coffey, Patrick G. (Paddy), Newcastle, Ont.; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1954. Died July 17, 2018, aged 92. Survived by 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Crapnell, Victor E. (Ted), Lethbridge, Alta.; University of London (England), 1954; Died June 20, 2018, aged 89. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “After medical school, Ted joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and immigrated to Cold Lake, Alta., in 1955. Later, he practised medicine in Lethbridge and Picture Butte, Alta., for over 30 years, and retired in 1989.”

Croft, Stanley, Vancouver; University of Liverpool (England), 1945; family medicine. Died June 30, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 6 children and 10 grandchildren. “Dr. Croft trained to become a physician and general surgeon, and served as a medical officer in the Royal Air Force shortly after WW II. After taking over his father’s practice and maintaining a clinic for many years in England, Stanley, Sheila and 5 of their children immigrated to Canada in 1965, where Stanley built a practice in North Burnaby, BC. The aid and support he provided as prison physician at the Vancouver Jail from 1970-75 earned him a reputation for unselfish dedication to an unwanted and neglected segment of society. He also served a term as chief of staff of Fellburn Hospital and served on the staff of Burnaby General Hospital before retiring in 1990.”

Davloor, Ram, Brandon, Man.; Madras Medical College (India), 1959. Died June 17, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Mani, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Fauteux, Gérald M., Outremont, Que.; University of Ottawa, 1957; internal medicine. Died June 17, 2018, aged 84. Survived by his wife, Louise Lecours Fauteux, 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Fox, John E., Kincardine, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1951; anesthesiology. Died June 25, aged 92. Survived by his wife Pat, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “He spent his working life as an anesthetist at Scarborough General Hospital for 45 years.”

Hart, Gerald D., Gravenhurst, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1952; internal medicine. Died June 26, 2018, aged 90.

Hesler, Richard F. (Dick), Wainfleet, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1947; family medicine. Died July 17, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Horsey, Mary E., Toronto; Queen’s University, 1963; psychiatry. Died July 2, 2018, aged 85. “After training in Canada and England, she practised in London before returning to Canada. She settled in Barrie, Ont., where she had a private practice and was on the staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital. She loved her work, and finally retired at the age of 80.”

Kelemen, Andor (Andy), Sechelt, BC; University of Pécs (Hungary), 1956; family medicine. Died July 3, 2018, aged 86. Survived by his wife Donna, 2 children, 2 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren. “His career was halted when the Hungarian uprising erupted in 1956. He fled [to Canada], eventually ending up in Edmonton. He joined the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where he remained on staff for the rest of his medical career, happily making his rounds every morning. He also became a partner in the Allin Clinic in Edmonton, and had a successful career in family medicine for 47 years. At one time he held the record for delivering the most babies in one shift. A bachelor, he had offered to work Christmas Eve, and delivered 24 healthy babies.”

May, Jack R., Port Colborne, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1955. Died June 16, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Donna, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Jack was a caring and compassionate physician in Port Colborne, and he served his community well. Following his retirement he continued to practise medicine as a ‘flying doctor.’ His passion for serving others led him and Mom to Northwest BC, where he extended his gift of care to local communities.”

Oleksiuk, Stanley, Windsor, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1955; otolaryngology. Died June 26, 2018, aged 89. Survived by his wife Suzanne, 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Stanley started his otolaryngology practice in 1960, and practised in Windsor until his retirement in 2008. He was a past president of the Essex County Medical Society.” A former patient wrote: “Dr. O was my doctor from 1960 (when I was 5 years old) until he retired, and he told me that I was his second patient. A wonderful doctor.”

Parent, Jacques F., Montréal; Université de Montréal. 1948. Died June 24, 2018, aged 98. Survived by 5 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1949 he became the first permanent medical doctor in Dorval, Que., where he practised family medicine for over 53 years. He also served as president of the medical staff at St. Joseph Hospital in Lachine, Que., where he practised his art from 1949 to 1992.”

Peng, Ta Luan, North York, Ont.; National Taiwan University (Taiwan), 1951. Died July 9, 2018, aged 90.

Psarakis, Stella, Burlington, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1986; obstetrics and gynecology; clinical associate professor, McMaster University. Died June 20, 2018, aged 60. Survived by her husband, C. Gus Kandilas. “In 1992 she joined the staff at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, where she became the hospital’s first woman surgeon and the first woman gynecologist in the department. She had been a member of the Medical Advisory Committee and the Board of Governors at Joseph Brant, and in 2002 she served as president of the Medical Staff. Until recently, she had also been chief of obstetrics and gynecology. A week before her death, the Hamilton Academy of Medicine recognized Stella’s 25 years of membership in good standing.”

Rafaat, Massoud, Calgary; University of Geneva (Switzerland), 1954. Died July 1, 2018, aged 92. Survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Massoud was born in Tehran, Iran, and left for Geneva as a young man to pursue his medical studies. Following the successful completion of his degree he relocated to England, where he undertook his residency in pediatrics. After serving briefly as a physician in both Iran and Finland, he and his wife braved the frontiers of Western Canada, moving to Regina. In 1967, the family was lured to Calgary, where chinook winds promised some respite from minus-40 temperatures.”

Ragnauth, D. Reginald, Whitbourne, Nfld.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1970; general practice. Died Feb. 15, 2018, aged 72. “For 45 years, Dr. Ragnauth was your beloved GP in Whitbourne.”

Salton, William, St. Catharines, Ont.; State University of New York at Buffalo (US). Died Aug. 12, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Joan, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1966 the family moved back to St. Catharines, where Bill practised family medicine for 45 years. He loved the profession dearly, and was known for taking the time necessary with every patient. There was much more to Bill than medicine, though. He was a licensed pilot, and he was a model railroader with an extensive layout in the basement that he built himself. Some of the trolley cars were custom-built replicas of the cars that used to run through St. Catharines and Niagara.”

Simpson, Maurice F. (Maurie), Lethbridge, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1967; family medicine; former team physician, Lethbridge Broncos. Died June 29, 2018, aged 79. Survived by his wife Marlene, 4 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 stepchildren and 4 step-grandchildren. “Maurie began his career in medicine as the delivery boy for Kitson Pharmacy, making deliveries on his bike throughout Lethbridge. That experience and his interest in chemistry led to a degree in pharmacy, and he was a pharmacist for several years before deciding to go to medical school. He began private practice in 1968, and provided years of competent and compassionate care before retiring in 1997. In addition to his role as family physician, he was an emergency physician and physician surgical assistant. He was also founding medical director for Student Health Services at the Lethbridge Community College, and was the first medical director for the Lethbridge Fire Department. Throughout his career he held various appointments and positions with the Alberta Medical Association, and he was very much involved in administration with the continuing care program in Lethbridge and surrounding area. Maurie was always involved in one committee or another, work aimed at bettering the profession to which he contributed a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.”

Smith Merritt, Nancy I. (Moo), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1969; ophthalmology. Died June 27, 2018, aged 73. Survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Merritt, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. “After graduating from Queen’s, Nancy’s career in ophthalmology spanned 37 years in both Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls.”

Soutar, John S., Kirriemuir, Scotland; University of St. Andrews (Scotland), 1958. Died Jan. 14, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Elisabeth, 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Stewart, Terry J., Calgary; University of British Columbia, 1979; pediatric anesthesia. Died in a flying accident June 28, 2018, aged 65. Survived by his wife, Selma Scott, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “Terry was an accomplished physician specializing in pediatric anesthesia, and he was able to use those skills to help people all over the world.”

Theohar, Carl, North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1962; psychiatry. Died June 28, 2018, aged 80. “Carl ended his practice of psychiatry in January 2018, and died of pancreatic cancer in June. He cared for his family, his friends and his patients with humanity and wisdom.”

Vince, Dennis J., West Vancouver; University of Toronto, 1954; pediatric cardiology. Died July 19, 2018, aged 94.Survived by his wife Bruna, 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “After graduating Denny relocated to Vancouver and was instrumental in planning and developing the first pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Vancouver General Hospital. He practised at BC Children’s Hospital, and devoted his life to the care of children with congenital heart disease.”

Wadge, Richard, Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1970; family medicine. Died June 13, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his wife Mavourneen, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “After graduating from medical school, Richard practised family medicine in North Delta/Surrey, BC, for 37 years. After retirement, he became an associate professor of medicine at UBC, where he taught for 10 years. Richard also served as chief examiner for the Medical Council of Canada for the past 5 years. In all aspects of his medical life he was greatly respected for his compassion, his professionalism, his integrity and his humour.” A former patient wrote: “We had 4 children, and you took such good care of us all.”

Zirk, Harry A., Beaumont, Alta.; University of Calgary, 1990; family medicine. Died July 22, 2018, aged 63. Survived by his wife Heather, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. A colleague commented: “I worked with Harry at the Grey Nuns in Edmonton, and he was my media darling — never refused when I asked him to do an interview. I also witnessed his caring nature with staff and patients. He truly was a pleasure to work with.”