Canadian Medical Association

Halifax; University of London (England), 1953; internal medicine. Died Feb. 16, 2021, aged 94. Survived by his wife Fiona, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Three years after graduating from the medical college of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital London, John, at age 30, joined the International Grenfell Association (IGA), a Christian medical mission that served the isolated and underserved communities of northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. An adventurous spirit was required, as many communities could only be reached by dog team in winter and boat or floatplane in summer. During his 25-year tenure with the IGA, John played a central role in improving the quality of health care, such that, especially after construction of the regional Charles Curtis Memorial, it rivalled any across Eastern Canada. He contributed in many other ways to the welfare of the community. For instance, he spearheaded the first long-term senior care facility in the region. Later, its larger replacement was named in his honour. The people he served and respected, together with medical staff he worked closely with, always remained dearest to his heart. In 1981 John left the IGA to lead the development of a new Geriatric Division at the Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax. He also co-founded the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia to help address the devastating nature of this disease.”

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