Canadian Medical Association

Fenwick, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1961; obstetrics and gynecology. Died May 27, 2021, aged 84. Survived by his wife Judith, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Ron Dowd was part of the fabric of this community. He traveled away to learn about the world, but after the world [the Niagara area] was home. As Dr. Dowd, he established an obstetrics/gynecology practice that would stretch over 32 years. That practice saw babies delivered, cutting-edge surgeries and health restored, while always advocating for women’s choices. Often patients would approach him to express their admiration whenever they would see him out in the community. So, if you were born from 1969 to 2001 in either Welland County Hospital or Port Colborne Hospital in Ontario, chances are you were 1 of the 7000 babies Dr. Dowd helped guide into the world. If you were his patient during that time, you will remember that he listened to you, supported your choices for health without moral judgment, and tried to ensure the speculum was warm. For those doctors and nurses that worked with Ron Dowd, I hope you got to witness his surgical techniques and his great laugh.”

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