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September, 2017

Ansari, Parvez, Fonthill, Ont.; Gajra Raja Medical College (India), 1966; orthopedic surgery. Died Aug. 10, 2017, aged 74.

Belliveau, Robert P., Meteghan River, NS; Université Laval, 1952. Died July 25, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Rose, 7 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. "Robert delivered 2,337 babies during his 42 years practising medicine in Meteghan. He said his work was 'at once a pleasure and a challenge, and I loved every minute of it.' " A former nursing colleague wrote: "My fondest and first memory of Doctor Robert was when I met him in the caseroom in 1978 and he gave me his signature welcome crushing hug. That was when I knew I was no longer in Halifax nursing, but had really come home."

Cambon, Eileen, Vancouver; McGill University, 1951; ophthalmology. Died Aug. 8, 2017, aged 91.

Chakrabarti, Gobinda L., Toronto; University of Calcutta (India), 1953; psychiatry and neurology. Died July 19, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Lily, 3 children, 2 stepchildren, 4 grandsons, and his first wife and mother of his children, Joan Smith. "Dr. Chak studied and practised medicine in England, Scotland, the United States and Canada. He was grateful to the University of Manitoba for respecting his international medical graduate qualifications in 1966, thereby giving him the opportunity to train further and practise in Canada. He believed strongly in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and was passionate about his profession and honoured to be called to practise the science and art of medicine."

Copping, Winona M., South Surrey, BC; University of Toronto, 1952; psychiatry. Died July 23, 2017, aged 90. Survived by 5 children and 3 grandchildren. "She became a physician in 1952, practising in Toronto and Port Credit, Ont., and a psychiatrist in 1973, practising in Kingston, Ont., and Ottawa. Win was a vibrant and generous person, widely admired for her gracious and accepting approach to others, her stamina and optimism in facing life's challenges, and her quiet wisdom."

Dwersteg, Ewald V., Duncan, BC; Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany), 1955; otolaryngology. Died July 25, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Gudrun, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Faulhaber, Markus, Kingston, Ont.; Ludwig Maximilians University (Germany), 2010; family medicine. Died Aug. 2, 2017, aged 35. Survived by his wife, Nora Fayed, and 2 children. "Markus will be missed by his patients in Gananoque, Ont., and colleagues and friends at Munich, McMaster and Queen's universities."

Feindel, John H., Bedford, NS; McGill University, 1956; anesthesiology; past president, Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS); former head of anesthesia, Halifax Infirmary; assistant professor, Dalhousie University. Died July 18, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Alyce, 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. "During his time at the Halifax Infirmary he was instrumental in establishing the hospital's Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He was also the first doctor at the hospital to use lumbar epidural anesthesia for obstetrical care. During his presidency of the CAS he learned French (at age 51) so that he could make the annual meeting address in both official languages."

Fretz, Norman A., Guelph, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1959; psychiatry; honorary life member, CMA; associate member, American Psychiatric Association; Alumnus of the Year, Niagara Christian Collegiate, 2000. Died July 6, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Mary, a son, 2 grandchildren, and his stepchildren and step-grandchildren. "He had a successful practice in Windsor, Ont., North Bay, Ont. (where he was staff psychiatrist and director of medical education for the Ministry of Health), Timmins, Ont., and Guelph. He was loyal to medicine and committed to the good of the sick. He always wanted to learn more and discover how he could be of service to those around him. After 57 years of practice, he retired in February 2016."

Gawman, William G., Waterloo, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; diagnostic radiology. Died July 20, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Ann, 5 children, 5 granddaughters and 8 great-grandchildren. "In 1955 Bill graduated from medical school, and his childhood ambition 'to help people' was realized. While working at a TB sanatorium in Sudbury, Ont., he discovered radiology, or — as he would tell us — 'the best specialty in the world.' Over the years, he practised in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., and Fergus, Ont., and retired at 81."

Harris, Robert W., Cornwall, Ont.; University of British Columbia, 1957; plastic surgery; former chief of plastic surgery, St. Mary's Hospital, Montréal. Died July 19, 2017, aged 84. Survived by his wife Michèle and 4 children. "His 45 years of clinical practice were divided between 3 Montréal teaching hospitals and 2 Cornwall community hospitals. Because he was determined to communicate with his francophone patients in their own language, he became fluent in French. He was also the first full-time plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the [Cornwall] area . . . and he cultivated the practice of outpatient surgery, especially for skin-cancer patients. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand and a member of the American Hand Surgery Association."

Hollo, Jelisaveta B. (Eli), Winnipeg; University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia), 1952; psychiatry. Died July 25, 2017, aged 92. Survived by 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren. "After several years of general practice under the warm sun in Haifa, Israel, she moved to Winnipeg in 1960, in the middle of January. She immediately considered the possibility that she had just made the worst decision of her life. However, she soon acclimatized and came to love the city that became her home for the next 57 years. During the first few years in Winnipeg life was humble. She commuted daily by bus to the Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC), where she worked full time while raising a young family and studying for her Royal College specialty examinations. She qualified after her first attempt and was then appointed as a staff consultant at SMHC. With firm loyalty to the centre, she continued her daily bus ride to Selkirk for the next 25 years, retiring from practice in 1988."

Katz, Philip, Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1955; psychiatry. Died June 29, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Evelyn, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. "After his residency Phil returned to Winnipeg in 1962 and started what would turn out to be 55 years of practice in child and adolescent psychiatry. His practice included roles at the University of Manitoba's Department of Psychiatry, as well as a large private practice. He eschewed sleep, instead seeing patients late into the night and sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. He impacted the lives of thousands of youth, with particular efforts in the lives of hundreds of indigenous youth. His dedication was not just to seeing patients but also to training future generations of psychiatrists. He contributed to the development of hundreds of psychiatrists, ultimately rising to the role of professor of psychiatry."

Landis, Mark S., London, Ont.; University of Toronto, 2006; diagnostic radiology. Died Aug. 11, 2017, following a motor-vehicle accident, aged 39. Survived by his wife, Elizabeth Teasell, and 3 children. "Mark was assistant professor of medicine/radiology, Western University, and key interventional chest radiologist at Victoria Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Mark worked to save many other people's lives, and showed humility and supported his fellow man. His wishes were respected through the Gift of Life organ donor program, so that others might benefit." Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry observed: "Dr. Landis was a highly respected diagnostic radiologist, teacher, mentor and friend to many colleagues. He is remembered as being brilliant, reflective, warm and witty, and at the beginning of a distinguished career in patient care."

Lauzon, Roland E., Tiny, Ont.; Université Laval, 1952. Died May 4, 2017, aged 90. Survived by 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. "He began his medical practice in Penetanguishene, Ont., with his wife Cécile (deceased Jan. 17, 2017) acting as his nurse. Of Roland, people will generally recall his devotion to his patients. He regularly made house calls, having quickly realized that a number of his patients were not able to leave the house or otherwise make their way to his office. During the early years of his practice many did not have access to health care insurance, and this mattered not to Roland. He treated them free of charge."

Lobsinger, William J., Oakville, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1951; diagnostic radiology. Died July 21, 2017, aged 90. "Bill's father was a blacksmith who shoed horses for the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in World War I. Bill himself barely missed active duty in World War II, and served in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve before entering medical school. His impressive medical career, first as a GP and then as a radiologist, spanned 40 years."

Loomer, Richard (Dick), Vancouver; University of Minnesota, 1965; orthopedic surgery. Died June 27, 2017, aged 78. "Dick joined the Department of Orthopedics at the University of British Columbia as a resident in the 1970s, and served as a clinical professor in the department until his retirement in 2004. He was also well known and respected in the choral community in British Columbia and far beyond. He and his late wife, Diane, were instrumental in supporting and developing a very wide range of choral initiatives."

Macrae, William G., Collingwood, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1965; ophthalmology. Died July 7, 2017, aged 77. Survived by his wife Mandy, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. "Dad always went the extra mile to ensure that his patients felt cared for and important, and he never shied away from using his unique sense of humour to lighten a moment. Dad was extremely dedicated to the education of the next generation of surgeons, and became a patient and compassionate teacher. Having won every surgical teaching award available, his students then developed the Millennium Mentor Award, which recognized his exceptional commitment to mentoring others. Upon his retirement from surgical practice, the U of T honoured Dad with another prestigious accolade, the Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award, and established the William Macrae Fund for Excellence in Ophthalmic Education."

Malhotra, Tilak R., Prince Albert, Sask.; Punjab University (India), 1963; pediatrics. Died July 17, 2017, aged 78. Survived by his wife, Dr. Lalita Malhotra, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. "Tilak provided more than 40 years of service to the community of Prince Albert, and contributed immensely to national, provincial and local medical communities. He was the first pediatrician from Saskatchewan to be asked to participate on the board of the Canadian Paediatric Society, and also served as a council member for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. As well, he was chair of the Credentials Committee for the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, and served as vice-president of the regional medical association. He also participated in many other provincial and local health committees and boards. For his many years of dedicated service, he was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit."

McKenna, Brian F., Saskatoon; Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 1952; orthopedic surgery. Died Aug. 1, 2017, aged 88. Survived by a daughter and 2 step-grandchildren. "Brian completed his fellowship in orthopedic surgery in Montréal. He then moved to Saskatoon, where he practised at the Medical Arts Building and City and St. Paul's hospitals. He was highly regarded by his colleagues and patients, and retired in 1995."

Miranda, Rosman F., Belleville, Ont.; University of Hamburg (Germany), 1961; otolaryngology. Died Aug. 1, 2017, aged 90.

Moore, M. John, Midland, Ont.; University of London (England), 1957. Died July 15, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Sheila, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. "The family moved to Canada in 1965, and one look at Georgian Bay convinced him that this was home! He was a family doctor in Midland for 51 years, providing care for his patients at St. Andrew's, Huronia District and Georgian Bay General hospitals. He served as chief of staff and participated on various hospital committees during his career."

Morris, Donald E., Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1956; general surgery. Died July 19, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Mora, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. "In 1964 he set up practice in Dartmouth, NS, and joined the surgical staff at the Dartmouth General Hospital and the Halifax Infirmary. He also lectured at Dalhousie and maintained a practice at the Woodlawn Medical Clinic in Dartmouth. He maintained his sharp wit until the end, and won his last pool match with his friends at Parkland at the Gardens." A former operating room co-worker commented: "I was always pleased when assigned to his OR for the day."

Morrison, Thomas, High River, Alta.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1961; family medicine. Died Aug. 4, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Catherine, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. "After completing 2 years of National Service in the British Army he enrolled in medicine, graduating with a further specialization in anesthesiology. In 1965 Thomas and family emigrated to Carberry, Man., where he went on to practise family medicine."

Northorp, Sharon M., Irishtown, NB; Dalhousie University, 1986; family medicine; recipient, College of Family Physicians of Canada's 2014 Reg L. Perkin Award for Family Physician of the Year, New Brunswick. Died Aug. 15, 2017, aged 58. "Upon completion of her internship at Dalhousie University in 1987, she started her full-time practice with obstetrics services at the Moncton Hospital. She was an advocate for community health and an active committee member."

Perler, Zelick, Vancouver; University of Alberta, 1959; urology. Died July 6, 2017, aged 82. Survived by his wife, children and grandchildren. "He dedicated his life to caring for others and was an example to us all." A former employee wrote: "Working for you was indeed a joy. You never failed to listen, or to pass on a kind word or a gentle lesson."

Spring, Morris H., North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1947. Died July 19, 2017, aged 92.