Canadian Medical Association

Atikokan, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1949; family medicine. Died July 26, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “A dedicated family doctor in Atikokan for 50-plus years, Walter was affectionately known as ‘Dr. K.’ Among his proudest accomplishments was delivering 1,988 babies, plus another one after retirement when he managed to turn around and safely bring into the world a little one who had decided to emerge leg first! At one point Dr. K worked 8 months without a day off due to the doctor shortage in Atikokan. He served as chief of staff at the Atikokan General Hospital for 29 years, and was among the first to take on the teaching of young physicians in Northwestern Ontario with the Northern Ontario Medical Program. This eventually led to the current Northern Ontario Faculty of Medicine. As a family doctor, surgeon and medical officer of health, there was seldom a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas when he wasn’t called out, but he was always willing. He was also thrilled when grandson Brodie chose to follow in his footsteps and become a rural family doctor as well.”