Canadian Medical Association

Saskatoon; Oxford University (England), 1952. Died Jan. 12, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his wife Joan, 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Noel was a well-known and dedicated family physician who moved to Saskatchewan from England in 1958 to establish a rural practice in the village of Hawarden, where he practised for 3 years. He moved to Saskatoon in 1961, where Noel practised first with Dr. Sam Landa. He was later joined by Dr. Joe Golumbia and others, including his daughter, Anne. [Dr. Anne Doig served as president of the CMA in 2009-10. — Ed.] Many of Noel's original patients from Hawarden and their extended families still attend the practice, now known as City Centre Family Physicians. The loyalty of those patients is a testament to the care and compassion shown to them by Dr. Doig throughout his 40 years in practice. Noel was also a respected contributor to his profession. He served on innumerable committees and boards at the local, provincial and national levels. He was chief of staff of Saskatoon City Hospital, chaired the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for many years, and chaired the Canadian Medical Association’s Committee on Ethics for several years. Noel most valued his long service to the Saskatchewan Medical Association, and particularly, after his retirement in 1998, his ongoing work with its Member Advisory Committee through which he was able to provide support and advice to colleagues. As part of his legacy to the profession in Saskatchewan, Noel wrote a history of the 1962 medicare crisis. Setting the Record Straight. Published in 2012, it was his uncompromising account of the principles behind the profession's resistance to the Medical Care Insurance Act. In that, as in his clinical practice, it was all about the patients. Noel received honorary life memberships in the CMA, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.” A former patient recalled: “What a remarkable gentleman. Whether delivering our second son or describing his bread-making secrets, Dr. JN modelled grace and good humour.”