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May, 2018

Aubin, Raymond, Ottawa; Université Laval, 1957; general surgery. Died April 4, 2018, aged 92. Survived by his wife Carmelle, 5 children and 8 grandchildren.

Balogh, Arpad A. (Arp), Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1972. Died March 23, 2018, aged 70. Survived by his partner, Lynn Seniw, and 3 children. “After having to locate the community in an atlas, Arp ventured to Bruce Mines, Ont., to begin work as a family physician. His career led him to Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where he practised privately and with the Group Health Centre for nearly 40 years.”

Burris, Donald S. (Stewart), Kamloops, BC; McGill University, 1947. Died Jan. 31, 2018, aged 97. Survived by his wife Jean, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. “After graduating from McGill, he began his post-graduate education in obstetrics and gynecology in London, England. After completing this, he returned to Kamloops in 1952 and joined the Burris Clinic. He loved the practice of medicine, and over the next 4 decades he delighted in providing medical care to the people of Kamloops and surrounding areas. With the assistance of many nurses, he was involved in the delivery of several thousand of the past and current residents of Kamloops.”

Cruickshank, Donald A. (Dr. Don), Huntsville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1951. Died March 25, 2018, aged 91. Survived by 2 children.

Cummings, Ina E., Pointe-Claire, Que.; McGill University, 1964; family medicine. Died March 20, 2018, aged 78. Survived by 2 sons and a grandson. “Ina began her medical career in family practice, but early on developed an interest in palliative care. Starting in the 1970s, she worked with Dr. Balfour Mount to set up the palliative care ward at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal. In 1993 she moved to Halifax to take charge of palliative care services for the province of Nova Scotia. She returned to Montréal in 1999, where she was one of the founders of the West Island Palliative Care Residence. Ina helped found the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, which honoured her with an award of excellence in 1997. She was also a founding member of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, which honoured her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.” Teresa Dellar, executive director of the West Island Palliative Care Residence, told the Montreal Gazette: “All of us at the residence in its early years benefited greatly from her experience, compassion and understanding of the needs of those at the end of life, and it was an honour to care for her in the place that she helped create. Her legacy will live on through the growth of the palliative care services across Canada.”

Dalgarno, Sandra M. (Michele), Burnaby, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1989; family medicine. Died Dec. 19, 2017, aged 54. Survived by her husband Rob and 2 children. “Michele graduated from UBC with both a BSc and MD, and went on to practise family medicine in Vancouver before joining Worksafe BC in 2000 as a manager of clinical services.”

Etches, Philip C., West Vancouver; Cambridge University (England), 1969; neonatology; former director, Neonatal ICU, Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH), Edmonton; former head, Section of Newborn Medicine, Capital Health Authority, Edmonton. Died March 20, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his wife Wai and a son. “Phil spent most of his professional life at the RAH NICU, and helped pioneer the first and most active neonatal ECMO program in Canada and the use of inhaled nitric oxide therapy in neonates. He spearheaded the planning, design and establishment of a new state-of-the-art NICU at the RAH in 2000, which will remain one his fondest legacies. For his longstanding service on the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Committee on Reproductive Care, which was instrumental in the development of the Alberta Perinatal Health Program, he was recognized with the AMA’s member emeritus distinction in 2006 and the CMA’s Honorary Membership Award in 2011. Phil was a passionate supporter of medicare in Canada, and will be remembered as a man who cared deeply about social justice and environmental issues, and lived by his values. He was a compassionate and caring physician, an excellent clinician, and a very well-respected mentor. Among the many tributes received, these 2 perhaps sum it up best. ‘(He) was an incredible role model for myself as I went through residency training and was someone whom I always admired as the ultimate compassionate physician and mentor/teacher,’ wrote one colleague. Another added: ‘Phil will always remain in my mind as a great human being, humble and bringing people together. It was a pleasure to work with him, and he will have influenced me for the rest of my life from a professional and personal point of view.’ ”

Ezzeddin, Seyyed A. (Ali), Ottawa; Tehran University (Iran), 1961; physiatry. Died April 15, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Dr. Lois Stayura, 3 children and 4 grandsons. “After his training, Ali established his practice in New Westminster, BC, and consulted at the Royal Columbian, Surrey Memorial, Eagle Ridge and St. Mary’s hospitals. He was recognized by his medical peers as a curious and extremely thorough physician, who loved taking on the most challenging cases. He cared deeply about the well-being of his patients and gave generously of his time, listening carefully to each person’s story in consultations that could last for hours. His goal was always to provide the best care possible, no matter how long it took.”

Flegg, Keith R., Gloucester, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1956; former medical officer, Royal Canadian Navy; ophthalmology. Died April 19, 2018, aged 86. Survived by his wife Joan, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “After serving on destroyer escorts and at the Shearwater air base in Nova Scotia, he trained in ophthalmology in Philadelphia at the American Naval Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital. On his return to Canada he was posted to the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa as a practising ophthalmologist. In 1974 he opened a private practice office in Ottawa. He was on staff at the Grace General Hospital, where he also served as chief of ophthalmology.”

Freedman, Lewis H., Toronto; Dalhousie University, 1948. Died March 22, 2018, aged 93. Survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. “He was a long-time physician and community leader.”

Gordon, Philip H., Hampstead, Que.; University of Saskatchewan, 1966; general surgery. Died April 11, 2018, aged 75. Survived by his wife Rosalie, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. A colleague wrote: “Throughout McGill (his reach was much farther, of course), Dr. Gordon was known to be the epitome of what a doctor and a person should be.”

Hansen, Niels H., Toronto; Dalhousie University, 1965; family medicine; former member, Canadian Forces; professor, Dalhousie University and Case Western Reserve University. Died April 10, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Jean, 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. “Niels died while working out, and he would want everyone to know that his regular gym visits greatly extended his life and that this coincidence should not be regarded as necessarily causal. In medicine, his care never flagged — it was as if he were directly responsible for the well-being of each person he encountered, a responsibility he wore with humility, competence and focus. A co-founder of the Dartmouth Medical Centre, Niels delivered many, many babies when house calls were common, and years later delivered those babies’ babies too. When he returned home and Jean asked after each baby, he always replied with utmost sincerity: ‘It was beautiful. The most beautiful baby.’ Niels was first and foremost a family physician with a need for continuous learning, and he had unrepressed tendencies towards teaching. He loved people above all, and afforded both dignity and respect to each and every person he encountered. Those whose lives he touched, those he helped, are simply without number.”

Hnatko, Stephen I., Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1955; medical microbiology; professor emeritus, University of Alberta; former captain, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Died June 3, 2017, aged 93. Survived by his wife, 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Steve was an avid learner, educator and researcher. He was a compassionate, dedicated and caring physician, and a true advocate for patient care, whether as a GP or consultant. From teaching newcomers English to establishing courses in medical microbiology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta, he taught countless nurses, dentistry students, dental hygiene students, lab techs, medical students and residents who influenced many over their careers. Steve became medical director of the Misericordia Hospital in the 1960s, and subsequently became medical lead of bacteriology and infection control at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, a position he held until his retirement. Throughout his career, Steve was also the director of bacteriology at Sam Hanson and Associates Laboratories. His published research focused on tuberculosis and infection control.”

Hronsky, Ivan, Toronto; Komenského University (Czechoslovakia), 1960; internal medicine. Died April 2, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Diana, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Kachan, Ramkarran, Scarborough, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1953. Died Jan. 16, 2018, aged 95.

Kelly, Albert S. (Dr. Bert), Prince George, BC; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1970. Died Dec. 12, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife Elizabeth, a daughter and 2 grandchildren. “In 1975 he immigrated to Fraser Lake, BC, to pursue his medical career, and 23 years later Dr. Bert moved to Prince George, where he practised until his retirement earlier this year.” The Prince George Citizen reported: “An estimated 700 former patients, physicians, health care professionals and friends gathered at the Prince George Civic Centre Friday evening to commemorate the life of a key leader in northern BC’s fight for health care. Albert Scott Kelly lived most of his adult life as a family physician in northern BC. As speaker after speaker recounted, he played an instrumental role in establishing the Northern Medical Program at UNBC and the BC Cancer Centre for the North. He was perhaps the most well-known political advocate for medical services in northern BC.”

King, Michael F., London, Ont.; McGill University, 1960. Died April 1, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Patricia, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “Michael began his practice as a family physician in 1962. He provided comprehensive and compassionate care to all his patients, and visited them in their homes until the day he retired. Michael also served as chief of staff at Marian Villa and St. Mary’s Hospital for several years.”

Maguire, Terence M., Penticton, BC; University of Alberta, 1976; gastroenterology. Died March 11, 2018, aged 65.

Makar, Magdy S., Orillia, Ont.; Cairo University (Egypt), 1981; general surgery. Died April 1, 2018, aged 60. Survived by his wife Tracey and 3 children. “Magdy was an esteemed general surgeon at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial hospital for the last 18 years.”

McGibbon, Angela M., Fredericton; Dalhousie University, 1998; internal medicine, endocrinology. Died Feb. 11, 2018, aged 51. Survived by her husband, Jared McGinn, and 5 children. “Angie cared about her patients and people in general. She felt sincere compassion for all people, regardless of circumstance, and had little time for negative thoughts or judgment. Anyone who has spent time in her presence knew the power of her voice — she had a soothing, nurturing way of making one feel like everything was just going to be OK.” The Daily Gleaner reported that Dr. McGibbon was Fredericton’s only endocrinologist, and Dr. Thomas Barry, the regional chief of medical staff, described her death as “a huge loss.”

McKee, Mary E., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; otolaryngology. Died March 21, 2018, aged 87.

Nyhof, Andre, Victoria; Leiden University (The Netherlands), 1951. Died April 3, 2018, aged 93. Survived by his wife Hennie, 3 sons and 2 grandsons. “After graduating, Andre moved to Canada and settled in Victoria, where he had secured a residency at the Jubilee Hospital. He and Hennie loved Victoria, so setting up a family practice there was an easy decision. The way medicine was practised in those days was quite different from today. Andre delivered babies, made house calls, did surgery and worked long hours. He was a skilled doctor, but his quiet, caring manner is what his patients remembered and loved about him. He retired in 1990 at age 65.”

Ong, Bill Y., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1974; anesthesiology. Died March 3, 2018, aged 68. Survived by his wife, Dr. Virginia Fraser, 2 sons and a granddaughter. “Bill was born in China and came to Winnipeg as a teenager. Despite having to learn English quickly, he was an excellent student, and graduated in medicine. He enjoyed a successful career of over 35 years in anesthesia with the Health Sciences Centre-based Anesthesia Group. A large part of his practice was at Seven Oaks Hospital, where he was also surgical bed manager for a number of years.”

Orr, William, St. Catharines, Ont.; University of Toronto,1943; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; general surgery; recipient, Ontario Medical Association’s Glenn Sawyer Award. Died March 26, 2018, aged 97. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “After serving in the army, Bill completed the Gallie Surgical Program in Toronto. He moved to St. Catharines in 1952, and later served as chief of surgery at the Hotel Dieu Hospital and at the St. Catharines General Hospital. Bill was instrumental in establishing the Niagara Children’s Centre, an early leader in treating and caring for children with physical, developmental and communicative disabilities. He also served as the founding chair and was medical director for 30 years. In 2014, the Board of Directors established an award in his name to honour his legacy.”

Paré, Guy, Québec; Université Laval, 1981. Died March 9, 2018, aged 60.

Peglar, Murray A., Langley, BC; Dalhousie University, 1970. Died April 3, 2018, aged 76. Survived by his wife Juanita, 2 sons, a stepson and 7 grandchildren. “While at Dalhousie he was president of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, and he compared his time in the fraternity to Animal House, the movie starring John Belushi. Murray would roar with laughter each time he watched it, as it reminded him so much of those days. After graduating from Dalhousie, he drove across Canada to Vancouver to work with the World Health Organization. He discovered nearby Langley, BC, and decided this was where he wanted to hang his hat and shingle. He spent a year working with Dr. Fred Ceresney before opening his own office in 1971. He received his practice privileges at the Langley Memorial Hospital and was well respected during his 31 years of service. Murray reluctantly retired in 2001, 6 years after his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He would always talk about how much he missed medicine.”

Pelletier, Roger, Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1959; psychiatry. Died April 5, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Jeanne, 3 children, 6 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “Roger, who trained in psychiatry at the University of Michigan, practised at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa from 1967 until 1995.”

Prakash, Chander, Halifax; Yangon Institute of Medicine (Myanmar), 1958; internal medicine. Died March 26, 2018, aged 83.

Ralph, Gordon L., Thorold, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1950; family medicine. Died March 26, 2018, aged 93. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Gordon returned to Thorold in 1954 to establish his medical career, and continued to practise family medicine there for over 40 years. We will miss this true gentleman who could be relied upon to give good advice, care and support to his family, friends, colleagues and patients.”

Scott, Arthur A., Victoria; University of Toronto (U of T), 1953; anesthesiology; professor emeritus, U of T. Died April 14, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife Sallie, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “Arthur joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a teenager and served 4 years overseas during World War II. After the war he completed high school in an accelerated veterans’ program, earned his medical degree and spent the next 10 years as a family doctor in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He moved his family to Toronto in 1964 to specialize in anesthesia and, after earning his FRCPC, he was soon given the challenging job of director of the Toronto General Hospital (TGH) Intensive Care Unit, a post he held for 10 years. He was elected chair of anesthesia (1977-87), which saw him presiding over all anesthesia departments in the 8 Toronto teaching hospitals, which included being a full professor at the U of T and chief of anesthesia at TGH. As the specialty of anesthesia was relatively new and was not recognized as independent until after the war, Arthur resolved to elevate its status and its contributions to patient care. He accomplished this by his own example, by increasing the number of anesthesia residency positions, and by allowing his colleagues more time to teach, to participate in intensive care, to do research and to serve on various hospital and community committees. During his professional life he wore many hats, including serving as co-founder of the Canadian Intensive Care Society and medical director of the TGH Hyperbaric Unit. From 1987 to 1992 he accepted successive short-term posts as vice-president of medical affairs at TGH, chief operating officer at the Toronto Western Hospital and medical director at the University and Veterans hospitals in Vancouver.”

Sewards, Henry F. (Harry), Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; University of London (England), 1958; general surgery. Died April 1, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife Frances, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Harry, who trained in England and Scotland, arrived in Canada in May 1967, and he often said that moving to Canada was the best decision he and Frances ever made. After living in Edmonton and Edson, Alta., for a few years, he moved to Sault Ste. Marie in 1972, where he practised surgery at the Group Health Centre for over 30 years.”

Simonik, Dagmar, North York, Ont.; Palacký University (Czechoslovakia), 1952. Died March 27, 2018, aged 89. Survived by 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “As a distinguished family physician for over 60 years, Dagmar touched many lives with the personal and caring approach she took with every one of her patients.”

Stratton, John R., Victoria; University of Manitoba, 1949; family medicine. Died April 8, 2018, aged 92. Survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. “John finished high school at 16, and because his father felt he was too young to go away to university John spent some time teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. He had great stories about those days. After medical school he moved to Killarney, Man., where he practised until 1967. He was particularly proud of the public health initiatives he introduced and promoted in the Killarney area. The family moved to British Columbia in 1967, first to Nanaimo and then to Victoria, where John joined a large clinic and remained there until his semi-retirement in 1986. He was among the first physicians to pursue a specialty in family medicine. After ending his practice, he continued to assist with surgeries several days a week.”

Thomas, John M. (Mervyn), Nanaimo, BC; Cambridge University (England), 1945; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Nov. 20, 2017, aged 97. Survived by his wife Dona and 5 children. “He won the Gold Medal in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Guy’s Hospital in London, England, in 1944, and moved to Canada in 1957. He settled in Nanaimo in 1958, and practised there until 1995.”

Trusler, William C., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; diagnostic radiology. Died March 25, 2018, aged 88. Survived by his wife Carol, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Bill began his medical career in Toronto before moving to London, Ont., where he established a long and distinguished private practice in radiology.”

Van Coeverden de Groot, Franciscus J., Oakville, Ont.; University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1960. Died April 2, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Adrienne and 4 sons. “He was a born gentleman and excellent doctor, who indulged his passions for family, real estate and argumentation.”

Whiteman, Gabriel, Westmount, Que.; University of Toronto, 1947; diagnostic radiology. Died March 7, 2018, aged 93. Survived by his wife, Simone Perez, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.