Canadian Medical Association

Alliston, Ont.; University of London (England), 1955; radiation oncology; professor, University of Toronto. Died Aug. 24, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Vivienne, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. "He was raised in war-torn London and proudly survived the Blitz during World War II, events that were very influential in shaping his appreciation and outlook on life. After service in the Royal Signals, he trained in medicine and elected to specialize in radiotherapy, at that time the only non-surgical treatment of cancer. He was recruited to join the newly opened Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, where he remained for 26 years. Together with Dr. Rider and colleagues at the Ontario Cancer Institute, Peter assisted with developing half-body irradiation, a technique that is now used worldwide to treat cancer. In 1964, he started a monthly clinic in Sudbury, the first organized cancer clinic in Northern Ontario. A lover of animals, Peter devoted his Saturday mornings to treating cats and dogs with radiotherapy at Princess Margaret. His interest in veterinary medicine led to a cross-appointment at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ont., where he pioneered the treatment of animals with cancer. In 1989, Peter was recruited to Halifax to act as physician-in-chief at the Nova Scotia Cancer Clinic and to serve as chair of radiation oncology at Dalhousie University. In this role, Peter was responsible for the delivery of cancer treatment and care for Atlantic Canada. Peter, whose medical practice was embraced both as an art and science, retired in 1995."