Canadian Medical Association

Calgary; University of Toronto, 1949; pediatrics; officer, Order of Canada; member, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Died Oct. 6, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Phyllis, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “Bill’s innate ambition, intellect and courage led him to a most extraordinary career that spanned over 70 years. From 1958 to 1967, he was professor and head of pediatrics at Dalhousie University and physician-in-chief at the Halifax Children’s Hospital. He was instrumental in raising the funds and managing the construction of the Isaak Walter Killam Hospital for Children in Halifax. From 1967 to 1973, Bill served as the first dean of medicine at the University of Calgary. From 1973 to 1974 he was Alberta’s deputy minister of health, and then served as president of the University of Calgary from 1974 to 1978. Never being one to turn down an opportunity, Bill then took on the role of chair, president and CEO of Connaught Laboratories Ltd. in Toronto. After moving back to Calgary in 1989, Bill continued to be involved in the field of biotechnical research for many more years.” A colleague wrote: “Bill was a man who was easy to admire, a man of great substance and capabilities, and a man who contributed greatly to Canada and Alberta. Calgary has lost one of its best.”