Canadian Medical Association

Ottawa; Université de Montpellier (France), 1956; general practice; officer, Order of Canada. Died July 17, 2020, aged 92. Survived by 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. “During his career he was medical director at St-Anne’s, the Queen Mary Veteran’s and the Royal Victoria hospitals before serving as CEO of the Montreal General Hospital (1972-88). He also served as associate dean, professional affairs, in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University (1975-97), and subsequently as executive director of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. Harvey was a staunch defender of the socialized Canadian health care system. He set up the first community health clinic (CLSC) in Quebec, and was the only Anglophone member on the Rochon Commission (1987), which reshaped Quebec health care. His accolades were many, including the Order of Canada (1995) and 2 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medals (2002, 2012). A proud Francophile, he was dedicated to promoting and protecting health services for Franco-Ontarians. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa (1998-2011), Harvey fought to ensure the hospital’s survival by expanding the institution’s academic and research profiles. Harvey was a talented, passionate and righteous man who was known for a wicked dry sense of humour and an incredibly sharp mind, which he retained to the end. His life accomplishments bridged 2 cultures, both professionally and personally.”

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