Canadian Medical Association

Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1975; ophthalmology; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died Jan. 17, 2022, aged 73. Survived by his life partner, Donna Black, 4 children, the children’s mother, Catherine, 2 stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. “After medical school at Dalhousie and his residency at McGill, he returned home to Saint John in 1980 to begin his 42-year private practice, with 25 of those years spent partnering with Dr. Ed Doherty. Don sadly closed the doors to his practice in 2021. Out of his passion for ophthalmology grew his endless devotion to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). He volunteered throughout an entire generation, both locally and nationally and in various capacities, and this resulted in improved, quality services in blindness prevention and Braille literacy. Don served as CNIB regional and provincial chair, as a member of the CNIB’s national board, and as national chair of the E.A. Baker Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness, which provided post-graduate fellowships in ophthalmology and research. He also served as chair of the National Coalition on Vision and of Blindness International. Don was also made an honorary member of CNIB, and was recipient of its Arthur Napier Distinguished Service Award in 2009, as well as the Century of Change Award in 2018.”

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