Canadian Medical Association

Lethbridge, Alta.; University of Manitoba, 1941; general practice; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; part-time assistant professor, University of Calgary; senior member, Alberta Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association (CMA); honorary life member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Died Sept. 27, 2019, aged 101. Survived by his wife, Dr. Rhonda Collins, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. [One of his children, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, is a past president of the CMA. — Ed.] “Lorne was the son of a country doctor. He paid his way through medical school by working in an axe gang for a logging company, and for 1 summer as a medical officer for the Department of Indian Affairs, travelling by canoe to Indian settlements in northern Manitoba along with a Mountie in order to make treaty payments and provide basic medical service. [During the war] he performed surgery in field dressing stations and base hospitals for the army. He met Rhonda while they were together in medical school, and they married before Lorne went overseas. After his return they moved to Pincher Creek, Alta., in 1946, where Lorne started a general medical and surgical practice. The practice grew substantially over the years, as Lorne quickly developed a regional reputation as a surgeon. In 1949, the local hospital built a 50-bed addition to deal with the growth. Several doctors joined Lorne’s practice over the years, and Rhonda joined him in practice once their youngest child had entered primary school. Lorne was instrumental in starting a rural country practice rotation for medical students, in conjunction with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. He practised medicine until age 61, when he and Rhonda both retired. Lorne then joined with a good friend and worked as a realtor for several years.”

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