Canadian Medical Assocation

Toronto; Dalhousie University, 1965; family medicine; former member, Canadian Forces; professor, Dalhousie University and Case Western Reserve University. Died April 10, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Jean, 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. “Niels died while working out, and he would want everyone to know that his regular gym visits greatly extended his life and that this coincidence should not be regarded as necessarily causal. In medicine, his care never flagged — it was as if he were directly responsible for the well-being of each person he encountered, a responsibility he wore with humility, competence and focus. A co-founder of the Dartmouth Medical Centre, Niels delivered many, many babies when house calls were common, and years later delivered those babies’ babies too. When he returned home and Jean asked after each baby, he always replied with utmost sincerity: ‘It was beautiful. The most beautiful baby.’ Niels was first and foremost a family physician with a need for continuous learning, and he had unrepressed tendencies towards teaching. He loved people above all, and afforded both dignity and respect to each and every person he encountered. Those whose lives he touched, those he helped, are simply without number.”