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October, 2017

Arnold, William J., Qualicum Beach, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1955; pediatrics. Died July 20, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Myrtle, his children and stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. "As a graduate of the second UBC medical class, his career took him from rural practice in Prince Rupert, BC, to pediatric training in New York. Dr. Bill then returned to BC Children's Hospital (BCCH), where he had a busy pediatric practice. He taught many of the next generation and inspired others to pursue careers in medicine, including many family members. His special interest in children with spinal cord defects led him to establish the Spina Bifida Clinic at BCCH. He was known to have always cared for the child more than the disease."

Beattie, Craig, Qualicum Beach, BC; University of Manitoba, 1971; ophthalmology. Died Aug. 2, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his wife, Amyra. "Craig was known to friends as 'Dr. Cee Better.' He was in turn clinical assistant professor and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His special interest was colour vision. More than once, he was named Teacher of the Year in the UBC Department of Ophthalmology. He also had a busy ophthalmology practice and continued to direct diagnostic services at the Vancouver General Hospital/ UBC Eye Care Centre."

Carruthers, John S., Toronto; University of Western Ontario, 1955; general pathology. Survived by 3 children and 1 grandchild. "After graduating, Dad spent most of his career practising at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto."

Carter, Gordon W., Whitby, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; family medicine. Died Aug. 25, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. "Gordon was committed to church work and spent over 15 years providing medical care as a missionary in Africa. He made significant and extraordinary contributions to the field of medicine and to his communities in Africa and Canada."

Curtis, John E., London, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1963; internal medicine. Died Aug. 19, 2017, aged 80. Survived by 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. "After post-graduate training he took a position at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he practised oncology until 1998, specializing in bone marrow transplants. He then moved to Windsor, Ont., to participate in establishing the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre. He subsequently moved to University Hospital, London, and accepted a position in the oncology service at the University of Western Ontario. After retiring from practice he remained active in public service."

De Lima, Leslie J., Edmonton; University of Bombay (India), 1954. Died Sept. 7, 2017, aged 92.

Egier Brian P., Ancaster, Ont.; McMaster University, 1980; anesthesiology. Died Sept. 2, 2017, aged 63. Survived by his wife Ro and 2 children. "Brian was a brilliant and dedicated physician for 30 years in anesthesiology, critical care medicine and hyperbaric medicine."

Enns, George, Chilliwack, BC; University of Alberta, 1966; family medicine; former chief of staff, Chilliwack General Hospital; life member, CMA. Died Sept. 12, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Helen, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. "After graduating in dentistry, George decided to pursue a career in medicine, which he practised until 1994. Many of his dental patients followed him into medical practice, and some still proudly point out dental work that he performed on them decades ago. His attachment to his patients was of paramount importance to him, and his family remembers many Christmas gatherings, family vacations or similar events that were delayed because of an unexpected medical crisis in one of his patients. As well, he frequently chose to forgo vacations in order to work in the most unstable, war-torn and poverty-stricken areas on Earth. There were stints, which varied from 2 weeks up to a year, spent in Rwanda, Sudan, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Belize, Ukraine, Siberia, Zambia, Mexico and elsewhere."

Fitzpatrick, Peter J., Alliston, Ont.; University of London (England), 1955; radiation oncology; professor, University of Toronto. Died Aug. 24, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Vivienne, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. "He was raised in war-torn London and proudly survived the Blitz during World War II, events that were very influential in shaping his appreciation and outlook on life. After service in the Royal Signals, he trained in medicine and elected to specialize in radiotherapy, at that time the only non-surgical treatment of cancer. He was recruited to join the newly opened Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he remained for 26 years. Together with Dr. Rider and colleagues at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Peter assisted with developing half-body irradiation, a technique that is now used worldwide to treat cancer. In 1964, he started a monthly clinic in Sudbury, the first organized cancer clinic in Northern Ontario. A lover of animals, Peter devoted his Saturday mornings to treating cats and dogs with radiotherapy at Princess Margaret. His interest in veterinary medicine led to a cross-appointment at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ont., where he pioneered the treatment of animals with cancer. In 1989, Peter was recruited to Halifax to act as physician-in-chief at the Nova Scotia Cancer Clinic and to serve as chair of radiation oncology at Dalhousie University. In this role, Peter was responsible for the delivery of cancer treatment and care for Atlantic Canada. Peter, whose medical practice was embraced both as an art and science, retired in 1995."

Freeman, Michael R., Toronto; Queen's University, 1974; internal medicine, cardiology; associate professor, University of Toronto. Died Sept. 3, 2017, aged 68. Survived by his wife Sharon, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. "Michael had been a cardiologist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto since 1980, and at the time of his death had been serving as the hospital's medical director for the Heart and Vascular Program, as well as director of medical informatics and director of nuclear cardiology. He established one of the first nuclear cardiology labs in Canada and expanded the knowledge of this technique to the clinical and research communities across the country. Michael published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and spoke nationally and internationally concerning the application of nuclear cardiology techniques in clinical practice. He was also a founding member of both the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology."

Glinski, Robert G. (Dr. Bob), Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1976; family medicine. Died Sept. 9, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife Joanne, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. "Robert practised as a family doctor and emergency room physician in Ottawa for 40 years." A former patient wrote: "He was a wonderful man and helped me through some very tough times in life."

Gougeon, François W., High River, Alta.; McGill University, 1970; general surgery. Died July 17, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife, Lucie Dusablon, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. "François was an accomplished medical practitioner and surgeon."

Grant, Douglas J., Essex, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1955; dermatology; past president, Kitchener-Waterloo (Ont.) Academy of Medicine and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Died Aug. 27, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Gail, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. "Doug was finally released from the bleak cage of dementia on Aug. 27. During his career he practised dermatology in Kitchener, while also maintaining an interest in his community and broader medical issues. After closing his practice in 1985, he and Gail moved to Bayfield, Ont., where he worked as a consulting dermatologist for a number of hospitals and continued his interest in community work by serving on the Architectural Conservancy Board and acting as councillor, then reeve, of the village of Bayfield before fully retiring."

Guanzon, Alfredo Z. (Fred), West Vancouver; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1956; anesthesiology. Died Aug. 22, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Socorro, 5 children and 10 grandchildren. "Fred worked as an anesthesiologist at the University Hospital (Saskatoon) and then both Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster, BC) and Eagle Ridge Hospital (Coquitlam, BC) for 37 years before retiring. In 2001 he was nominated as a CMA Honorary Member. Such members are humanitarians who have put into practice the aims and ideals of their profession. They exemplify the words on the CMA coat of arms, Integrity and Compassion."

Isbister, Earl G., Burlington, Ont.; McGill University, 1958; urology. Died Sept. 12, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Pat, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. "Earl practised general urology but specialized in prostatic surgery. In 1981 he joined McMaster Health Sciences as an associate professor and was appointed chief of surgery at the Henderson General Hospital. In addition to his busy urologic clinical practice, he rationalized urologic services and was appointed director of urology, a position he held until his retirement in 2000. He looked back with great fondness on his contributions to the growth of academic urology in Hamilton, and at McMaster University in particular."

Kelly, Francis P. (Frank), Brantford, Ont.; McGill University, 1948; general surgery. Died Aug. 30, 2017, aged 94. Survived by his wife Frances, 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. "Frank practised medicine for many years in Leamington, Ont. He was a staunch Canadian who throughout his life lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Ontario."

McKee, Wesley H. (Hugh), Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1971; family medicine; clinical associate professor, University of Saskatchewan; Saskatchewan Family Physician of the Year, 1992. Died Sept. 13, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his wife Sheryl, 1 child and 4 grandchildren. "Hugh practised medicine in Saskatoon (Associated Family Physicians) from 1972 to 2017, and received his certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1983. He served as clinical instructor for the College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, from 1975 to 1985." A former patient wrote: "He was my favourite doctor from the time my tonsils were removed at 6 years old."

Pankarican, Josif G., Waterloo, Ont.; University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia), 1966. Died Aug. 20, 2017, aged 76. Survived by his wife Lenuca, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren.

Richardson, Evelyn H., Wiarton, Ont.; University of St. Andrews (Scotland), 1944; Royal Army Medical Corps, WW II. Died Sept. 9, 2017, aged 97. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. "After the war she returned to Canada as a war bride and took postgraduate psychiatric training at the University of Western Ontario, where she also worked as a lecturer in neuroanatomy. She and her husband Bill moved to Galt, Ont., where both worked in the medical field — he in general practice and she as a psychiatrist with Correctional Services at the Girls Training School in Galt and Hillcrest School for Boys in Guelph, Ont. In respect of Evelyn's wishes, her body was donated to the medical school at Western University."

Roper, Peter D., Montréal; Royal Air Force (RAF), WW II; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1951; psychiatry. Died Aug. 11, 2017, aged 95. Survived by his wife Virginie and his second wife, Beverlea Tallant, 6 children, 1 stepchild and 17 grandchildren. "On his 18th birthday, Peter enlisted in the RAF. On D+1 (June 7, 1944), he was shot down in a Typhoon aircraft over Monts-en-Bessin, Normandy, where the family of Clément d'Huart and French locals rescued him before he became a prisoner of war. Peter built strong bonds with the many citizens who risked their lives to ensure his safety, and credited his good fortune to them. After the war he studied medicine in Glasgow and rowed in their colours at Henley. After training in London, he moved to Montréal to study and practise. During his lengthy career, Peter worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Allan Memorial Institute and the Douglas Hospital. He was passionate about his medical research with airline pilots and the use of biofeedback. Very focused on his patients, he retired from private practice at the age of 93." An acquaintance wrote: "An amazing man who lived an amazing life."

Song, Wan, Burnaby, BC; University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1956. Died Aug. 17, 2017, aged 89.

Stewart, Iain O., Ancaster, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1949; medical microbiology. Died Sept. 1, 2017, aged 92. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. "An accomplished academic, clinician and medical administrator, Iain was emeritus professor at McMaster University and former head of laboratories and chief of staff at the Hamilton General Hospital. He was also chair of the board at Hamilton Civic Hospitals, where he facilitated the merger with Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals and the establishment of Hamilton Health Sciences. Perhaps most of all, Iain was a passionate Scotsman. His love for Scotland and pride for his heritage never waned."

Sweeney, Vincent P., Vancouver; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1953; Royal Army Medical Corps, Korean War; neurology; former professor and director of biomedical ethics, University of British Columbia (UBC). Died Sept. 10, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Mary, 5 children and 9 grandchildren. "Vincent was a distinguished neurologist and much-loved teacher at UBC's Faculty of Medicine from 1973 to 1995, While his professional accolades and credentials are too numerous to mention, he was most proud of his Excellence in Teaching Award from UBC in 1993 and of being recipient of the Dr. William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics from the Canadian Medical Association, which recognized his work as a founding director of the Biomedical Ethics Program at UBC."

Trites, Kimberly L., Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 2003; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Aug. 20, 2017, aged 41.

Walker, Ronald T., Nanaimo, BC; University of British Columbia, 1970; Canadian Forces (Navy); general practice. Died July 18, 2017, aged 80. Survived by his wife, Carol Stewart Walker, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. "While he was based in Ottawa with the navy, Ron and 3 other navy doctors started the first walk-in clinic in Canada. He was then transferred to Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack, BC, to serve as base surgeon. Two years later he resigned from the navy and opened an office in North Vancouver, where he spent 22 years as a solo practitioner. He then joined the Caledonia Medical Clinic in Nanaimo, and stayed there for 3 years before retiring at age 62."

Waters, William R. (Reid), Winnipeg; McGill University, 1955; plastic surgery; former associate professor and chief of plastic surgery, University of Manitoba; former head of surgery, Misericordia Hospital; past president, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Died Aug. 4, 2017, aged 86. Survived by 4 children and 12 grandchildren. "A groundbreaker throughout most of his life, Reid entered the world almost 3 months early, and was one of the first babies of that era to survive at such an early age. After becoming a physician he was a strong advocate for the best medical care, pioneering many groundbreaking surgeries and profoundly changing the lives of numerous patients. In 1976, he was 1 of 3 Canadian plastic surgeons invited by the Chinese government to share the latest in burn-care management and microsurgery. In 2007, Reid was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons."

Wilson, William M. (Bill), Ancaster, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; pediatrics. Died Sept. 16, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Marilyn, 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. "Bill loved medicine and clinical teaching. He was a consultant pediatrician in Hamilton, initially at Chedoke Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital, and then at McMaster Children's Hospital until his retirement. He mentored many of today's pediatricians with a kind, gentle and steady manner, and attained the position of professor emeritus in pediatrics at McMaster University. He also founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at McMaster, and children with CF always held a special place in his heart. His love of children was a guiding light in his life."