Canadian Medical Association

Toronto; University of Toronto, 1963; dermatology, anatomical pathology; past president, Canadian Dermatology Association. Died due to progressive supranuclear palsy April 19, 2020, aged 81. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Despite her year-and-a-half fellowship at Harvard Medical School and 2 articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine, when she returned to Toronto she was rejected for positions in dermatology because they needed men to fill the many teaching positions coming available. At the time, women were expected to stay home and take care of their children, and the young couple had 3. In Boston she had sampled that existence, but [her husband] George insisted she get back to work before her catatonic state became terminal. She adored her work, and so she persevered in defiance of any sexist obstacle thrown in her path. Lynn became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in dermatology in 1971, and in anatomical pathology in 1972. She started lecturing at the University of Toronto in 1972, and was appointed associate professor in both medicine and pathology in 1984, and later was appointed professor. She was on staff at Sunnybrook Medical Centre, working in dermatology and pathology, from 1972 to 1981. In 1981 she joined the staff of Women’s College Hospital, where she served as chief of pathology until 1992. She followed that up as head of dermatology at Women’s College from 1993 to 2000. Throughout her career Lynn authored textbook chapters, conducted research studies and gave many lectures around the world, mostly on melanoma. She served on the Women’s College Hospital Board of Directors, the Women’s College Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, and as president of the Women's College Hospital Medical Staff Association during the amalgamation of Sunnybrook and Women’s College hospitals. In 2006, she was presented the Award of Merit from the Canadian Dermatology Association in recognition of her excellence in leadership, dermatology education and public health.”

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