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November, 2018

Ainbinder, Simone E., Pointe-Claire, Que.; University of Paris (France), 1950; general practice. Died May 27, 2018, aged 96. Survived by a daughter, 1 grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren.

Barlow, Robert B. (Blake), Chatham, Ont.; Royal Canadian Air Force, WW II; University of Western Ontario, 1950; general practice. Died Oct. 11, 2018, aged 92. Survived by 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “After the war, Dr. Barlow enrolled in the ‘ex-service class of medicine’ at Western, and after graduating he opened his general practice at 143 Thames Street in Chatham, where he remained until his retirement from primary care in 1972. During his career Dr. Barlow was a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), and he served as president of the Kent County Medical Society for a term. He remained very active in the medical community for a number of years. He developed the first doctors’ answering service in Chatham, was president of Windsor Medical Services, and was the first member on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Medical Review Committee. He also served as a Chatham city councillor for 3 terms. In recognition of his dedication to the medical profession and local community, Blake was honoured with the OMA’s Glenn Sawyer Service Award in 1989.”

Bland, Roger C., Edmonton; University of Liverpool (England), 1960; psychiatry; Order of Canada. Died July 31, 2018, aged 80. Survived by 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. “Roger studied medicine on a fully paid scholarship provided by the Barnsley Town Council. Throughout his life he was immensely grateful for this opportunity, and he strove to repay their gift by generously helping and mentoring students, colleagues, friends and acquaintances. After completing a few years practising in Barnsley, he chose to immigrate to Canada in 1966. A year later he was accepted into the psychiatry program at the University of Alberta, and there he found his lifetime passion. His commitment to the mentally ill, their treatment, outcomes and ways to allow them to live healthy, productive lives, became his reason to live. In 1975, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, and in 1990, he became department chair, a position he held for 10 years. Roger held numerous other posts, including serving as Alberta’s assistant deputy minister, mental health services. He also served as president of the Alberta Psychiatric Association, vice-president of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology, and deputy editor of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. He published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, including 3 papers in 2018. He was frequently invited as a guest speaker around the world, and made over 160 such presentations. He received many professional honors, such as the Medal for Distinguished Service from the Alberta Medical Association and the Alex Leighton Award in Epidemiology, and he was a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.”

Burkhardt, Renate M., Toronto; University of Hamburg (West Germany), 1964; family medicine. Died Sept. 19, 2018, aged 79. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Renate completed medical school and did her first residency in Germany in the mid-1960s, at a time when many women of her generation were staying home and raising families. In 1967 she immigrated to Canada with her husband, Helmut. While raising a young family in a new country, Renate completed a second residency in Toronto and then a third in Montréal in order to qualify to practise medicine in Canada. She went on to practise as a family physician, with many patients drawn to her calm and helpful manner.”

Chan, Patrick Shau Pun, Etobicoke, Ont.; University of London (England), 1963; dermatology. Died Sept. 24, 2018, aged 80.

Choudhury, Abdur R., Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.; Dacca Medical College (Pakistan), 1961; internal medicine. Died Sept. 26, 2018, aged 78.

Colwell, Murray C., Calgary; University of Alberta, 1954; pediatrics. Died Oct. 4, 2018, aged 89.

Crawford, Elsie M., Orillia, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; diagnostic radiology. Died July 25, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 4 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A former colleague wrote: “She became an inspiration for other women by overcoming challenges to pursue a professional career.”

Desmeules, Marc J., Québec; Université Laval, 1965; pulmonology; professor and former dean of medicine, Université Laval. Died Oct. 11, 2018, aged 77. Survived by his wife, Renée Fortin, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. A colleague wrote: “I had the opportunity to work with Marc for a few years at Université Laval, where he made his mark as head of department and especially as dean of the Faculty of Medicine. I always appreciated his great leadership qualities.”

DesRochers, Marcel, Québec; Université Laval, 1957; diagnostic radiology. Died Aug. 9, 2018, aged 86.

Edwards, George K. (Keith), Ottawa; University of Western Ontario, 1954; ophthalmology. Died Sept. 12, 2018, aged 89. Survived by his wife Gay, 5 children and 10 grandchildren. “He practised in Sudbury, Ont., before pursuing specialty training. In 1960 Keith set up practice in Ottawa, where he became a highly respected and dedicated eye specialist. He also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and expertise while teaching as an associate professor at the University of Ottawa. Keith was a fellow of both the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) and American Academy of Ophthalmologists, and served on the boards of the COS and Ontario Medical Association. Keith considered himself very lucky to have had the opportunity to make medicine his life’s work.”

Hoffenberg, Ronald, Ottawa; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1964; orthopedic surgery. Died Sept. 30, 2018, aged 79.

Hopkins, Denis H., Orton, Ont.; University of London (England), 1955; psychiatry. Died Oct. 12, 2017, aged 89. Survived by his wife Noreen, 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a stepson and 2 step-grandchildren. “The family came to Canada in 1957, and Denis opened a general practice in Hamilton. He later completed his studies in psychiatry and was a respected psychiatrist at the Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, Ont., from 1975 to 1995, where he also held positions as unit director and medical director. He also served on Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Review Board, and was known as an excellent clinician who was keenly interested in helping seriously mentally ill persons. Even after some 20 years of retirement, he continued to receive telephone calls and letters from former patients, who thanked him for the help he had given.”

Hosie, Robert T. (Bob), Victoria; University of Toronto, 1949; general surgery. Died Aug. 21, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “Bob was a veteran of WW II, during which he developed enormous compassion for others. He is remembered as a gentleman and role-model surgeon.”

Hughes, John F., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1949; internal medicine. Died Sept. 30, 2018, aged 93. Survived by 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “After training in England, he returned to Canada to complete his training in internal medicine. He then came on staff at St. Boniface General Hospital, where he remained until his retirement in 1991.”

Jomm, Enn, Newmarket, Ont.; McGill University, 1965; general surgery. Died Oct. 9, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Malle and a son. “Enn was born in Estonia. In order to escape the crush of the Soviet invasion, in 1944 his family undertook a perilous journey in a small boat in order to flee to Sweden. From there, the family immigrated to Canada in 1951 and settled in Montréal. After his training Enn practised general and vascular surgery at the Montreal General and Queen Mary Veterans hospitals. In 1980 he joined Shouldice Hospital in Thornhill, Ont., as senior staff surgeon, a post he held until his retirement in 2000.”

Lane, Robert M., Victoria; McGill University, 1944; internal medicine; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, Royal Canadian Navy, WW II; past president, British Columbia Medical Association and British Columbia Society of Internal Medicine. Died July 15, 2018, aged 96. Survived by 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “After the war Bob earned a diploma in public health from the University of Toronto, and in 1950 he undertook post-graduate studies in internal medicine at Queen’s University. In 1953 he was appointed director of the Victoria and Island Chest Clinic, a position he held until his retirement in 1982. Wartime conditions saw Bob and his classmates entering medical school without completing a bachelor’s degree. He corrected this by returning to the University of Victoria (successor to Victoria College) and completing 2 BAs.”

Lee, David (Dong Byeck), Alliston, Ont.; Seoul National University (South Korea), 1960; diagnostic radiology. Died Sept. 2, 2018, aged 83. Survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Born in North Korea, David escaped to South Korea with his 2 sisters when war broke out. Raised by his older sisters, he worked diligently and gained acceptance into the prestigious Seoul National University School of Medicine. After graduation and service in the [South Korean] navy, he immigrated to Ottawa to complete his residency in radiology. He eventually settled in Niagara Falls, Ont., and worked as a radiologist at the Niagara General Hospital from 1972 to 2008, when he retired. Following his retirement he remained an honorary staff member, even continuing to work part time in Pelham, Ont., for a few more years.”

Lee, Eldon E., Prince George, BC; Royal Canadian Air Force, WW II; University of Washington (US), 1955; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 3, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife Marjorie, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “In 1962 Eldon became the first and, for many years, the only ob/gyn north of Kamloops. After delivering thousands of babies, it was only fitting that he passed away in the wee hours of Labour Day. In recognition of his tremendous contributions to the medical community, he was installed as a life member of the Canadian Medical Association in 1995 and inducted into the Northern Medical Hall of Fame in 2009. He also enjoyed a variety of sports, and was the star goalie of the Prince George Doctors hockey team back in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Levy, Edith, Montréal; McGill University, 1942. Died March 24, 2018, aged 99. Survived by 4 children and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Born and brought up in New Orleans, Edith spent much of her younger years involved in competitive swimming. She was sent to the 1936 US Olympic trials, but withdrew with the other Jewish athletes. Edith entered Louisiana State University medical school when she was 18, and was one of only 2 women in her class. After she met [her husband, Nat], she transferred to McGill and graduated with her medical degree and the Campbell-Howard Prize in Clinical Medicine in 1942. Edith continued her work in medicine for many years. She began in the hematology lab at the Jewish General Hospital during the war, and later worked in genetics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. After Nat died, she did research into Alzheimer’s disease at the Jewish Hospital of Hope Pavilion. She continued to enjoy swimming and golf into her ’90s.”

Lohrasbe, Harpreet K., Victoria. Mysore Medical College (India), 1979; psychiatry. Died Sept. 17, 2018, aged 63.

Lowry, Noel J., Saskatoon; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1973; pediatric neurology. Died Oct. 8, 2018, aged 69. Survived by his wife Margaret, 5 children and his grandchildren. “After medical school he went to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital, where he worked for 6 years and obtained his fellowship in pediatric neurology. In 1983 he was offered a position at the University of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital, and it came with the promise of landed immigrant status and, later, Canadian citizenship. Noel worked as the sole pediatric neurologist in Saskatchewan for many years, and liked to jokingly refer to himself as ‘one in a million,’ given that Saskatchewan’s population at the time was one million people. He was proud to obtain his full professorship in pediatrics. He acted as the clinical director of the EEG and EMG labs and was integral in training pediatric, neurology and psychiatry residents. He also served as the pediatric residency program director for many years. He found his work very fulfilling and greatly appreciated his colleagues and friends, both locally and nationally.”

McCleave, John G. (Graham), Fredericton; Dalhousie University, 1963; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 6, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Louise, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “Following a year-long internship at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax and a few years in general practice, he went back to Dalhousie to specialize in radiology. After completing his training in 1973, Graham returned to Fredericton and worked at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital as a radiologist, with a term as department head, until retirement. He was also an avid stamp collector, and was a fellow and then a 5-year director of the Royal Philatelic Society, and a 5-year director of the British North American Philatelic Society.”

Montgomery, Donald B. (Monty), Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; internal medicine; former chief, internal medicine, Queensway General Hospital, Etobicoke, Ont. Died Sept. 23, 2018, aged 88. Survived by 2 children and 7 grandchildren. “A bright, devoted and compassionate physician, he practised at the Queensway General Hospital for his entire career until his retirement in 1997.”

Poirier, Normand L., Boucherville, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1965; cardiothoracic surgery. Died Sept. 12, 2018, aged 78.

Prytulak, Walter, Ottawa; Innsbruck University (Austria), 1947; psychiatry. Died Sept. 10, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pugh, Paul A., Moncton, NB; Dalhousie University, 1953; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 13, 2018, aged 92. Survived by his wife Joyce, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. “Paul was well known and respected for his many years of practice at The Moncton Hospital.”

Reed, Charles E. (Charlie), Guelph, Ont.; Air Force, WW II; University of Toronto, 1951; general practice. Died March 24, 2018, aged 95. Survived by 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. “Charlie was stationed in Wales during WW II and trained as a flight engineer. After returning to Canada he studied medicine and practised family medicine for almost 60 years, first in Matachewan, Ont., and Malartic, Que., and then in Guelph. He will be remembered for being an old-fashioned family doctor who made house calls at any time of day or night and who made his patients feel secure and cared for. He was also generous to a fault, and helped many people who were in financial difficulty.”

Rios, Oscar, Montréal; National University of Peru, 1962; psychiatry. Died July 3, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his spouse, Nicole Bousquet. “Dr. Rios, a long-time psychiatrist at the Montreal General Hospital, was an eminent specialist in panic disorders.”

Shane, Fred, North Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1965; psychiatry. Died Sept. 16, 2018, aged 77. Survived by his wife Lois, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Fred loved his career as a psychiatrist and was devoted to his patients. He will be missed by all those who knew him, both in Winnipeg, the home of his heart, and North Vancouver.”

Snow, Richard V. (Dick), Fredericton; Dalhousie University, 1959; family medicine. Died Sept. 30, 2018, aged 88. Survived by his wife Margaret, 4 children and 4 grandchildren. “A dedicated family physician in the tradition of his father before him, Dr. Dick spent long hours in his office, the hospitals and manors in Saint John, NB. He made countless house calls after hours, and never turned away a patient.”

Spitzer, Ralph W., Victoria; University of Manitoba, 1957; general practice. Died Oct. 17, 2018, aged 100.

St. Clair, William R. (Roy), Kelowna, BC; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1946; internal medicine. Died Sept. 24, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his partner in later life, Betty Little, 6 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “After qualifying as an internist and earning a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Edinburgh, Roy immigrated with his family to Edmonton, where he juggled family life with his career as an internist and running a busy general practice. He was the driving force in the development and start-up of the Cardiology Stress Testing Unit at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, where he was also chief of staff. Roy garnered praise as a superior clinical teacher in the University of Alberta’s Department of Medicine. He was totally dedicated to his patients, and was highly respected by them as well as by his colleagues at every level.”

Vézina, Yves, Sherbrooke, Que.; Université Laval, 1977; pulmonology. Died Aug. 26, 2018, aged 63. Survived by his wife, Anne-Marie Robitaille, 4 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild.

Williams, Derek, Gibsons, BC; University of Sheffield (England), 1962; anesthesia. Died Sept. 26, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Diane, a daughter, 1 grandson, 3 stepchildren and 7 step-grandchildren. “Derek moved to Canada in 1968 and first practised in Cranbrook, BC, then London, Ont., and finally in Calgary, where he practised until his retirement in 1997.”

Yule, Waldo M., Castlegar, BC; University of Manitoba, 1956; general practice. Died Sept. 20, 2018, aged 88.