Canadian Medical Association

Peterborough, Ont.; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1962; anesthesiology. Died April 3, 2022, aged 83, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Survived by his wife Anne, 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “After medical school, Charles was recruited by Dr, Gordon Wyant to the University of Saskatchewan as research professor, but soon was asked to fill Dr. Wyant’s position as chair in University Hospital’s Department of Anesthesia. However, since it was his love of research that led him to move to Canada in 1973, he accepted a research professorship at Dalhousie University in 1978. There was a desperate shortage of critical care physicians in Halifax at the time, and Dr. Hope self-trained to focus on critical care and neurological specialization, as well as undertaking his research and general anesthesia roles. Later, he accepted posts as professor and chair of the department, and worked at both Dalhousie and the Victoria General Hospital. Within a short time he founded a sub-specialty of neurosurgical anesthesia, consolidated critical care, and arranged research and clinical fellowships for several staff members, all of whom were launched on internationally recognized careers. During his 13 years as chair of anesthesia at Dalhousie, Charles was a very effective leader and champion of all aspects of anesthesia in Nova Scotia. He was also highly active within the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. Locally, he was very much involved in developing computerization and the linking of 3 clinical departments (radiology, anesthesiology and cardiology) to the Dalhousie ethernet. He retired from this position in 1998.” A colleague wrote: “As department head, he showed all the character of a great leader. He was respected by all the other heads of department, and positioned our department prominently within the hospital structure. [He was] a decisive and fair person, who dealt with difficult internal situations that many would have shied away from. Overall, he was an inspiration and a person to aim to emulate. I always appreciated his counsel and friendship.”

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