Canadian Medical Association

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.”

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