Canadian Medical Association

Saskatoon; University of Manitoba, 1951; diagnostic radiology; officer, Order of Canada; recipient, Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Died July 22, 2021, aged 93. Survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Stuart achieved a degree of success in each of 3 distinct fields. After completing his medical degree he spent 8 years in general practice in Yorkton, Sask. He then specialized in radiology at the University of Saskatchewan, along with 1 year in Boston, where he pursued a particular interest in pediatric radiology. He returned to a faculty position at the University of Saskatchewan, where he stayed for his professional career. He served a term as chair of the Department of Radiology, but particularly enjoyed his term as editor of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. He served on the council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and was the only professor in the College of Medicine to have been named honorary president of the Student Medical Society 3 times. Stuart also maintained a lifelong commitment to ornithology, mainly expressed through the banding of birds. To 2014 he had had banded 150 283 individual birds of 211 species, with 3945 recoveries of 84 species (the highest number of species and 4 subspecies recovered by any Canadian bander). Over decades he cultivated an extraordinary network of people, mostly farmers, who notified him, for example, when they found an owl nest on their land. Equally remarkable was the army of both young and old who volunteered to climb trees to bird nests or chase down smelly young pelicans to band. He was also an active member of the Saskatoon and provincial natural history societies, and participated extensively in their activities. His work in ornithology included 4 books on Saskatchewan natural history and 311 articles in ornithology and natural history journals. It culminated in 2020 with the publication, with Frank Roy and Alan Smith, of the definitive book on the birds of Saskatchewan. He remained keenly involved in his most recent project, banding and wing-tagging turkey vultures, until his last year. His third concurrent career was as a historian, and his 13 other books all had historical subjects. Four described the observations of early Canadian explorer naturalists with the Franklin expedition, 2 were biographies of pioneer Saskatchewan doctors and 3, starting with Steps on the Road to Medicare, described Saskatchewan's early achievements in health care.”

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