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Toronto; University of Toronto, 1946; family medicine; Order of Canada; first woman to serve as president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Ontario Medical Association; founding member, College of Family Physicians of Canada; former minister of labour, minister of education and acting minister of health, Province of Ontario; first woman to serve as chair, CMA Board of Directors; first chief, Department of Family Medicine, and former president, medical staff, Women’s College Hospital, Toronto. Died Aug. 19, 2019, aged 95. Survived by 6 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Bette decided she would be a physician at age 5, and pursued that objective even though it eventually required persuading the dean of medicine at the University of Toronto to accept her into the program a year before she was eligible. She became a doctor in 1946, met and married Allan Pengelly, who was also a med student, in 1948, and, as she had planned, had 6 children. Bette practised family medicine in Willowdale, Ont., and was an active member of the medical staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto until 1988.” CMA President Sandy Buchman commented: “Dr. Stephenson helped modernize the CMA and raised the profile of women in Canadian medicine, and she was at the forefront of the divisive struggle to extend the reproductive rights of women. Throughout her career, she personified the principles that are emblazoned on the CMA Coat of Arms: ‘Integritate et Misericordia (Integrity and Compassion).’ ”
Moncton, NB; Université de Montréal, 1956; internal medicine. Died Aug. 12, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Lise, 3 children and a grandson. “He studied in France and the United States and practised in Montréal before establishing his practice in Moncton in gastroenterology and internal medicine.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 2012; family medicine. Died Aug. 9, 2019, aged 37. A colleague from medical school wrote: “My lasting image of Angela is of someone who is constantly smiling, looking out for those around her, and being modest about her many achievements.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1977; emergency medicine. Died Aug. 3, 2019, aged 70. Survived by his wife Pat, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “Following undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at Queen's University, he headed west with Pat in 1973 to enroll as a medical student at UBC. Never one to stop learning, George completed an MBA and master’s degree in health care and epidemiology in the years following completion of his MD. Widely respected as a kind and patient physician, George was a fixture at Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital since 1980, serving as director of emergency medicine from 1988-90 and 1994-97. He was also an accomplished pilot, orienteer (past president of the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club and 2018 Western Canada Men 65+ Champion), outdoorsman (Scouts Canada leader, 1998-2006), and a bee keeper who maintained backyard colonies for more than 30 years.”
Oakville, Ont.; Karolinska Institute (Sweden), 1950; diagnostic radiology; professor emeritus, Department of Radiology, University of Toronto. Died July 24, 2019, aged 96. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “He and his wife, Dr. Silvia Meema (deceased), both worked at the Toronto Western Hospital as a research team on various aspects of skeletal and metabolic diseases, publishing 124 scientific papers in Canadian, American and European medical journals. They also participated in medical meetings and scientific exhibits.”
Saint John, NB; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1984; family medicine. Died July 22, 2019, aged 65. Survived by 3 sons. “Connie grew up in Rothesay, NB, and after graduating from high school she attended the Saint John School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse in 1973. She completed her bachelor of nursing at Dalhousie University in 1978, and after working in the Neonatal Unit at Saint John Regional Hospital she continued her education in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. Later, she was awarded her certification from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Connie was well respected as a physician by her peers and patients alike, and she shared a medical practice with her late husband, Dr. Michael Mackin.”
Vernon, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 2009; general pathology. Died July 16, 2019, aged 43. Survived by his parents and a brother. “[Peter] took his own life after falling into a low brought on by bipolar disorder, which he first developed in his early 20s. Despite the challenges of the disease, Peter received a BA in philosophy (with distinction) from the University of Victoria in 1998, and graduated from the UBC Faculty of Medicine in 2009. In 2015 he received his specialist certification from the Royal College. Since 2015, he had worked at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital as a pathologist. During his medical career he made numerous contributions to the community, and was highly respected by his peers.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1958; microbiology, infectious diseases. Died July 10, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife, Rachel Lamontagne, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Toronto; navigator, Royal Canadian Air Force, WW II; McGill University, 1953; psychiatry. Died July 10, 2019, aged 94. Survived by his wife Lorraine, 5 children, 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “After the war he graduated from McGill and became highly regarded in adult psychiatry and for his work with children and Holocaust survivors. He held many positions at McGill and also served as clinical chief of psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal.”
Outremont, Que.; National University of Colombia (Colombia), 1958. Died July 7, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Diana Vega, 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Victoria; McMaster University, 1981; urology. Died June 29, 2019, aged 62. Survived by his partner Kim, 3 children, a grandson and 2 stepchildren. “Since being gifted with a toy stethoscope at age 2, Paul never wavered from his dream of becoming a doctor. After completing his residency in 1987, he began a storied 32-year career as a renowned urologist. He dedicated his life to patient care and advancing his profession. While living in Hamilton, Paul pioneered minimally invasive surgery, founded the McMaster Institute of Urology and was the inaugural holder of the Braley-Gordon Chair of Urology. In 2013, he moved across the country to become executive medical director of Vancouver Island Health. While continuing his research and urological practice, Paul and his work partner, Norm, transformed the surgical program of Island Health, bringing it from ‘worst to first’ (as they liked to brag).”
St. John’s; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1955; anesthesiology. Died June 23, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife Wendy, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. “John immigrated to Canada in 1957. He served as a surgical resident at St. John’s General Hospital and then went to St. Anthony, Nfld., to work for the Grenfell Mission. He then changed his focus to anesthesiology, as the need in northern Newfoundland was great, and [after completing his residency] he worked at the hospital in St. Anthony for over 35 years, both in anesthesiology and in developing the Critical Care Unit. John was one of the pioneers in the Newfoundland health care system, becoming the first physician in the province to ventilate premature babies. He also became of one of the province’s few pain specialists, and was heavily involved with the Memorial University of Newfoundland medical school and mentored many of its medical students and medical residents. During the latter days of his career he was granted an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial, as well as life memberships from both the Canadian Medical Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, in recognition of his dedication, compassion and service to the Newfoundland people.”
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1955; anesthesia. Died June 19, 2019, aged 92. Survived by 2 sons. “Hortense, a career woman, served the medical profession for more than 50 years before retiring in 2005.”
Regina; Welsh National School of Medicine (Wales), 1969; general practice. Died June 19, 2019, aged 76. Survived by his wife, Alero Anukpe Jarikre, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. “Lawrence was a well-respected and deeply loved doctor in the community.”
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1957; neurology; Order of Canada. Died June 16, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife, Dr. Eva Andermann, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “For over 60 years, Dr. Andermann showed a remarkable ability to identify rare neurological syndromes and assemble multidisciplinary teams of researchers to better understand these unusual presentations and to provide patients and families with hope for treatment. The results of his inquiries have been published in 9 books and over 500 scientific papers. The Andermanns were also credited with having described a rare genetically-inherited neurological condition associated with agenesis of the corpus callosum and peripheral neuropathy that is now known as Andermann syndrome. Dr. Andermann was a generous and enthusiastic teacher, providing training and inspiration to generations of future epilepsy experts from all over the world.”
Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1975; anatomical pathology. Died June 15, 2019, aged 72.
Fredericksburg, NB; Queen’s University, 1985; former medical officer, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI); family medicine. Died June 15, 2019, aged 68. Survived by his wife Deborah and her daughter. “Kendrick was a proud veteran of the PPCLI, having served in Canada and West Germany with 3 Mechanized Commando. After receiving his medical degree from Queen’s University, he returned to active duty as a medical officer with his regiment. Upon his retirement from the Forces he began a new chapter in his life as a rural family doctor in Stanley, NB, where he served his community until his retirement in 2017. He loved his patients.”
Calgary; University of Calgary, 1989; family medicine. Died June 13, 2019, aged 54. Survived by her husband, Mike Fox. “Becoming a doctor, with her own family practice, was Michele’s ultimate goal. Her medical career was highlighted by the delivery of dozens of babies.”
Odessa, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1982; psychiatry. Died June 12, 2019, aged 70. Survived by his first and second wives, and his daughters and grandchildren. “Duncan dedicated his career to helping the most vulnerable, marginalized and troubled of society, and in doing so transformed and improved the lives of many. However, this was true not just for his patients. Duncan was a true teacher and leader who inspired, taught and cared for his family, friends and students. A mentor, a gentle adviser, he made everyone better by touching their lives.”
West Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1987; psychiatry. Died June 11, 2019, aged 61. Survived by his partner Lise and 2 children. “For 25 years Dr. Goumeniouk served both as a clinical psychiatrist and professor (clinical professor emeritus of anesthesiology, pharmacology and therapeutics) at UBC, and received multiple international teaching and fellowship awards. Over the same period, this physician/scientist/entrepreneur also became founding medical director of Response BioMed and clinical psychiatrist at UBC’s Huntington’s disease clinic. He also helped establish 3 residential treatment centers for eating disorders and drug/alcohol addiction, in addition to founding several private companies: CINEDOCs Consulting Corporation, Aequus Pharmaceuticals, Plan B Pharmaceuticals and Medex Technologies Corp. The creative visionary also held 2 US patents for innovative bio diagnostic testing and delivery. Most recently, he served as director of psychiatry services at the Orchard Recovery Centre and consultant to several global pharmaceutical companies.”
St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1964; orthopedic surgery. Died June 8, 2019, aged 80. Survived by his wife Wendy, 2 children, a stepchild and 4 grandchildren.
Vancouver; McGill University, 1962; anatomic pathology; PhD (biochemistry); professor emeritus, pathology and biochemistry, Queen’s University. Died June 5, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “[After post-graduate training in the US and England] he returned to Canada as an assistant professor in both pathology and biochemistry at Queen’s University, focusing on research. Bob progressed through the ranks from assistant to full professor to head of the Department of Pathology. Driven by his intellect and curiosity, and continuous funding by the Medical Research Council of Canada for 40 years, he established an internationally recognized research program and became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He published over 300 papers, book chapters and abstracts in the areas of protein synthesis, amyloidosis, cholesterol metabolism and malaria, and founded 2 biotechnology companies, Neurochem and AtheroChem. Following his retirement from research and medical practice, his goal was to stay alive and productive for many years, to continue to collaborate and publish scientific material, to see grandchildren, and to carve some walking sticks and use them before he went. He did all of those things, as well as ride his bicycle daily, create beautiful decorative wood carvings, and play a formidable game of chess.” Canadians for Health Research reported: “Dr. Kisilevsky’s work is an outstanding example of basic science leading to clinical relevance and resulting in both extraordinary clinical and commercial benefits to society.”
La Prairie, Que.; Université Laval, 1958; diagnostic radiology. Died June 2, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Suzette Martel, 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
North York, Ont.; Medical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), 1956; general practice. Died May 30, 2019, aged 93. Survived by a daughter and 3 granddaughters. “John was a medical doctor in Bulgaria before he immigrated to Canada in 1969. After requalifying his credentials in Canada in 1975, he operated his family practice on Danforth Avenue in Toronto until his retirement in December of 1995.”
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1960; anesthesiology. Died May 22, 2019, aged 82. “Tino was instrumental in the development of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Manitoba, and he helped to pioneer day surgery at the Western Surgery Centre. He was often praised by his colleagues as a brilliant anesthesiologist and a skilled clinician. He also served on the boards of MD Management and the Canadian Anaesthesiologists’ Association, and was committed to the development of the Manitoba Medical College Foundation.”
Toronto; University of Zagreb (Yugoslavia), 1953. Died May 21, 2019, aged 91. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “In his 50 years as a physician he worked tirelessly for his patients, and was loved and respected by all. As a researcher in diabetes he made tremendous contributions to the field, publishing a multitude of papers. He also introduced the technique of fine-needle thyroid biopsy to Canada. He was a true patriot of his native Croatia. During its struggle for independence he persuaded a multitude of companies, organizations and individuals to contribute to the cause, and collected and delivered a colossal amount of medical supplies (3,600 truckloads) to Zagreb. After retiring as a physician at age 82, he decided to contribute further to the Croatian community of Toronto by establishing Cronet, a television program that ran weekly for over a year on Omni Television, celebrating Croatian culture in Toronto.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1956; ophthalmology. Died May 20, 2019, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Madeleine Leduc, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Moncton, NB; Université Laval, 1960; general practice. Died May 19, 2019, aged 83. Survived by his wife Magella, 4 daughters, 6 granddaughters and a great-grandson. “He practised for a few years in general medicine in Saint-Quentin and Edmundston, NB, then spent the rest of his career in Fredericton as medical officer of health and as chief medical adviser for medicare. He was also greatly involved in Fredericton’s francophone community.”
Timmins, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; general surgery. Died May 18, 2019, aged 92. Survived by his wife Patricia, 6 children and 10 grandchildren. “After finishing his post-graduate training Dad moved back to Timmins in 1963, where he practised surgery until his retirement in 1999 at the age of 72. By all accounts he was a wise, intelligent, skilled and compassionate healer.”
Greely, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1958; family medicine. Died May 18, 2019, aged 97. Survived by 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Dr. Verville started his distinguished career in veterinary medicine, then went on to practise family medicine for over 40 years in the Ottawa area.”
Victoria; University of Western Ontario, 1972; psychiatry. Died May 18, 2019, aged 73.
Westmount, Que.; Royal Canadian Navy, WW II; McGill University, 1949; general surgery. Died May 17, 2019, aged 95. Survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. “He was a WW II navy veteran who served as a surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital for 40 years.”
London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1959; general practice. Died May 15, 2019, aged 88. Survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “After medical school, Ted assumed his father’s family medical practice in Dearborn, Michigan, and later ran the medical clinic at the then-new Ford Motor Company assembly plant in St. Thomas, Ont., where he specialized in occupational medicine until his retirement in 1995.”
Grand Bend, Ont.; University of Alberta, 1962; internal medicine. Died May 14, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Gerda, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Gene specialized in internal medicine and practised throughout his career in London, Ont.”
Richmond, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1971; anesthesiology. Died May 12, 2019, aged 73. Survived by his wife Glenys, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Brian practised in Powell River, BC, and Campbellton, NB, prior to returning to UBC to complete his residency in anesthesiology. Over a long and distinguished career he excelled as a physician, teacher, mentor, clinical scientist, administrator and philanthropist. During his tenure at St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care, which began in 1980, he served as department head for anesthesiology as well as vice-president (medicine) and acting CEO. Between 2002 and 2012 he served as head of UBC’s Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (formerly the Department of Anesthesiology). Throughout his career Brian was an active researcher with numerous publications in the medical literature. He also had a passion for mentoring anesthesiology residents, for which he was honoured with several teaching awards. In 2009 he was recipient of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Clinical Practitioner Award. Over several years late in his career Brian undertook charitable work in Uganda, volunteering in the operating room of Mulago Hospital and teaching at the medical school of Makerere University. A long-time advocate of pain management, Brian was a founding member of British Columbia’s Provincial Chronic Pain Management Strategy. Other areas of research focused on the use of blood substitutes in surgical patients, the value of pre-operative beta blockers, the reversal of muscle relaxants and the prevention of post-operative nausea and vomiting, results from which were published widely and with impact.”
Windsor, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1955; general surgery. Died May 12, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Dr. Berta McKay, 6 children, 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 stepchildren, 7 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. “To pursue his goal of becoming a surgeon, Dr. John moved his young family to Detroit, where he completed a residency in general surgery. In 1962 he took over a family practice in LaSalle, Ont., and worked out of a home-based office for the first decade. Dr. John’s younger brother Michael joined the practice in 1965. Dr. John endeared himself to the community by practising a style of medicine rarely seen today: he spent time with patients, listened to their concerns and often made house calls. As a surgeon, he quickly earned a reputation for precision and speed, and was a recognized fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He later served as chief of surgery at Grace Hospital. In 2005, the Town of LaSalle recognized Dr. John and his brother, Dr. Mike, for 40-plus years of medical service. Dr. John retired from surgery in 2000 but continued to see patients well into his 80s, caring for a third generation of LaSalle families.”
Sydney, NS; Dalhousie University, 1969; family medicine. Died May 11, 2019, aged 78. Survived by his wife Frances, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “After graduating from Dalhousie, he returned home to Sydney with his bride, Fran, and started a family, a life and a legacy that would span the next 50 years. This June 15th would have marked his 50th year of practising medicine for the great people of Sydney. One of the things that Murdock was most proud of was being a constant and consistent provider of primary health care on Cape Breton Island. He loved to care for people from ‘cradle to grave’ and to talk about delivering ‘the babies of the babies he had delivered [earlier].’ He respected all of his patients and was honoured to provide 50 years of service to generations of Cape Bretoners. While he was proud of his many achievements within his profession, Murdock was humbled to be an integral part of the lives of so many of his patients, from the many births to the deaths and everything in between. He was a true family physician, and they just don’t make them like that anymore!”
Montréal; McGill University, 1952; gastroenterology. Died May 11, 2019, aged 92. Survived by his wife Katie, 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren, 2 stepchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. “After his post-graduate studies, he returned to the Montreal General Hospital to establish the first Gastroenterology Division in Canada. Over an illustrious career he was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, chair of the Examining Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, governor for the province of Quebec for the American College of Physicians, and director of the medical team for the Montreal Canadiens. He also served as associate dean of admissions in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. His greatest love was clinical bedside teaching, and he was especially proud of the Award of Merit granted to him by his beloved Montreal General Hospital, and the Best Teacher Award established in his name at McGill. A Chair in Gastroenterology at McGill was also created in his honour by grateful patients.” The Montreal Canadiens tweeted: “The Canadiens mourn the passing of Dr. Doug Kinnear. Over his illustrious career that included several decades at the Montreal General Hospital, he was director of the medical team for the club from 1962 to 1999.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1979; general practice. Died May 10, 2019, aged 63. Survived by his wife, Carole Bilodeau, and 2 children.
Belleville, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1963; general practice. Died May 8, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Lois, 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “In his chosen profession of medicine he was devoted to his patients’ care, from welcoming newborns to providing end-of-life support. His love of people knew no bounds, as he befriended those from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. He also remained lifelong friends with many of his fellow medical-class graduates from Queen’s, where he just attended his 55th class reunion in October 2018. When he got involved in things, it was all in. Hockey was a lifelong passion, and ultimately resulted in bringing Junior A hockey to Belleville, enriching his family’s life and that of his community.”
Calgary; University of Manitoba, 1958; gastroenterology. Died May 8, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife Linda, 3 sons and 3 granddaughters. “He earned his medical degree in 1958 as the gold medalist in his class, and then a PhD in pharmacology in 1963. He left a faculty position in Vancouver to help found Calgary’s medical school in 1969, which he joined as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and associate dean of research. Always seeking new challenges and knowledge, he completed a second fellowship, in gastroenterology at age 50, and served as Calgary’s chief of gastroenterology from 1996 to 2000. Linda and Keith were also founding board members of the Alberta Science Centre Society, working together in their passion for science education. Keith also served on countless other boards and community projects throughout his long career, including a term as president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.”
Saint John, NB; University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1995; psychiatry. Died May 7, 2019, aged 48. Survived by her partner, Tony. “Louise, a psychiatrist at the Saint John Regional Hospital, will be remembered by her many patients and colleagues for her gentle and professional manner.”
Vancouver; University of Western Ontario, 1954; general pathology; PhD. Died May 5, 2019, aged 91. Survived by his wife, Frances Ann, 3 sons, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Lethbridge, Alta.; St. Thomas’ Hospital (England), 1942; Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), WW II; internal medicine. Died May 2, 2019, aged 99. Survived by 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “During his 4 years in the RAMC he saw service in Britain, Palestine, North Africa, Italy, India and the Far East, ending the war in Malaya. Before his travels to the Far East, he returned home to take a blood transfusion course and found time to get married on Feb. 2, 1944. Leaving behind his new wife, who was expecting their first child, he was not to return for 18 months, arriving home on his son Michael’s first birthday in 1946. After the war the family chose to move to Canada, and in 1952 arrived in Picture Butte, Alta. In 1954 Richard joined the Campbell Clinic in Lethbridge, and he practised internal medicine there for the next 32 years. His career spanned an amazing era in medicine. He always kept up to date with the latest advances (including the first ICU in Lethbridge) and enjoyed his mix of general internal medicine with a busy consultative practice, all the while making his patients feel valued and cared for. He retired in 1986 after nearly 50 years in medicine.”
Kamloops, BC; University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1959; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 30, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Janeen, 4 children, 3 stepchildren, 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Johs was a dedicated physician who had a passion for missions. He went to Africa 7 times to do relief work.” Colleagues Steve Ashwell and Ulrike Meyer commented: “We’d like to share a story from his time in Dawson Creek, BC, to help you appreciate Johs. Typically, he would be called in by an anxious and exhausted GP at 03:00, and through the minus-40 he came to attend an obstetrical emergency. Always prompt, a careful consult was provided and Caesarean would be recommended and OR called. Five minutes later he would be fast asleep and 20 minutes later scrubbed and ready to go. How we appreciated his calm and confidence. Twenty years later, after dementia took hold, he still enjoyed reading his obstetrics texts and asking his devoted wife Janeen about the call schedule! Small communities around the world benefit from dedicated physicians and surgeons. We will cherish the memory of Johs Asfeldt, an exemplar of small-town obstetrics.”
Guelph, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1963; general practice. Died April 30, 2019, aged 83. Survived by 4 children and 4 grandchildren. “His dedication to the well-being of others went beyond his family and led to a distinguished reputation for being an exceptional physician.”
North York, Ont.; Seoul National University (Korea), 1945; anesthesiology. Died April 30, 2019, aged 97. Survived by 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “She was born in North Korea during the Japanese occupation of Korea. As a very determined 14-year-old, realizing the importance of education, she set out solo on a long and dangerous journey to the south to attend boarding school. She received a scholarship to study medicine in the US in 1951, and never returned to her home country. It was rare to see a woman as a doctor at that time, and even rarer, a petite Asian woman skilled in anesthesia: our true pioneering feminist. Her long career started at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Hackensack Medical Centre in New Jersey. Later, she moved to Canada to practise at hospitals throughout Ontario: Ottawa Civic, Elliot Lake General, Plummer Memorial, Sault Ste. Marie General, Toronto General, Doctors’ and Mount Sinai hospitals and, finally, Shouldice Hospital.”
Charlottetown; Dalhousie University, 1971; neurology. Died April 30, 2019, aged 77. Survived by his wife Gillian, 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In 2008, CBC News reported: “Neurologist Reg Hutchings of Charlottetown says PEI has built a number of excellent specialized-care facilities in recent years, but the lack of a stroke unit is a glaring omission. ‘If you have a heart attack, you know you are going to be treated in a very efficient coronary care unit,’ he said. ‘If you have cancer, you will be treated in a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre. But if you have a stroke, may God help you.’ ”
London, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1975; general practice. Died April 28, 2019, aged 71.
Victoria; University of British Columbia, 1999; family medicine. Died April 28, 2019, aged 47. Survived by her husband, Clive Walker, and 2 daughters. “Tara was dedicated to lifelong learning and providing compassionate care of all the patients she met, either at ISHS [Island Sexual Health Society], or any of the offices at which she worked. She was also active in continuing education for physicians through local interdisciplinary meetings and writing educational materials. She built community and friendship through her many connections. Tara also took her own advice and lived a healthy life, continuing to be an active runner and even completing 2 half-marathons after receiving her serious diagnosis and while undergoing chemotherapy.” A colleague wrote: “She was a wonderful role model in learning and life for those of us who knew her.”
Ottawa; Queen’s University, 1944; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps; general surgery. Died April 28, 2019, aged 97. Survived by 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Although Bob missed wartime service, he remained in the Armed Forces for the rest of his career, first as a general surgeon and then as a hospital administrator, attaining the rank of colonel. His military career meant moving his growing family approximately 25 times in the ensuing years. One of his first official postings sent them to Winnipeg, where he helped evacuate hospitals and nursing homes during the city’s 1949 flood. One highlight of his career was the 4 years they spent in Churchill, Man., where Bob looked after soldiers, their dependants and the Inuit villagers, and where, incidentally, he helped deliver his own fourth child. After a year of surgical residency in Texas, he was sent early in the Cold War years to West Germany as 1 of the first Canadian physicians to look after the brigade stationed there. Other postings included Toronto, Halifax, and Ottawa, a return to Germany, and Kingston, with a final move to Ottawa, where he retired in 1976.”
Saint-Lambert, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1956; anesthesiology. Died April 26, 2019, aged 94. Survived by 5 children and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Ouellet had a long and successful career as an anesthesiologist at the Verdun Hospital.”
Arnprior, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1963; general practice. Died April 23, 2019, aged 81. “He practised in Northern Ireland and Guyana before settling in Arnprior, where for 50 years he cared for many generations of patients from first breath to last. Medicine was his life and priority. He had an excellent relationship with the nursing staff at the Arnprior Hospital, and especially with the OR staff, for whom he cooked delicious food on special occasions and on days he was assisting. When away from his medical career he was found relaxing on the golf course, working toward his 11th hole-in-one.”
North York, Ont.; University of Groningen (Netherlands), 1951; anesthesiology. Died April 22, 2019, aged 92. Survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Boucherville, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1954; diagnostic radiology. Died April 22, 2019, aged 91.Survived by his wife, Lise Germain, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “Dr. Roy was attached to Hôtel-Dieu in Montréal for 48 years. He was the creator of devices and techniques in the field of cardiac and vascular radiology, and was named professor emeritus after a long teaching career at the Université de Montréal.”
Gatineau, Que.; Alexandria University (Egypt), 1955; otolaryngology. Died April 21, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Thérèse Boisvert, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Dundas, Ont.; McMaster University, 1988; psychiatry. Died April 21, 2019, aged 65. Survived by 4 sons and 2 grandchildren. “Jeff struggled with illness throughout his life and greatly towards the end of it, but he always hoped he could use this to make life better for others. With his wife Gilda (deceased), he built the Ennis Centre for Pain Management, and was devoted to teaching others through his experiences. Together, they improved the lives of the patients they touched.”
Mount Uniacke, NS; Dalhousie University, 1957; diagnostic radiology; lieutenant-colonel (retired), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Died April 20, 2019, aged 91. Survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. “He passed away peacefully and with dignity . . . [after] having his wish of assisted dying carried out. He had served his country for over 20 years with the RCAF before moving to the wonderful community of Yarmouth, NS, to finish out his radiology career.”
Owen Sound, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1945; general practice. Died April 20, 2019, aged 94. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. “After graduating from the U of T, Jean used her medical training to serve in 4 locations: the United Missionary Memorial Hospital in Nigeria (1948-64), the Toronto Department of Public Health (1964-86), the World Health Organization (Nigeria, 1986-89) and, finally, in Wiarton, Ont., as a GP psychotherapist until her retirement at age 75 in 1999.”
North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1968; general practice. Died April 18, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Anita and 3 children.
Ottawa; Queen’s University, 1958; internal medicine. Died April 18, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Elly Meister, and 5 children. “Don valued his friendships — childhood friends in Ottawa, colleagues in medicine and classmates from Queen’s, including team members on the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team and members of the Fort Henry Guard and the University Naval Training Division, where he reached the rank of sub-lieutenant. Don was also proud to have been on the team of physicians for the Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s, and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the 1980s.”
North York, Ont.; University of the Philippines (Philippines), 1979; family medicine. Died April 18, 2019, aged 64. Survived by his wife, Angela. “He was a superb family physician who practised for over 30 years, and was loved and respected by his patients.”
Hamilton; McGill University, 1982; general pathology. Died April 18, 2019, aged 62. Survived by his husband, Don Schell. “John spent 18 years in post-secondary education, and was devoted to all of his career choices. He finished his life as chief of the Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, and as director of the Hamilton Regional Forensic Unit. John’s proudest career achievement was his professorship of pathology and molecular medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. John performed many volunteer jobs, and he donated meals to the homeless and provided free medical care to those less fortunate. He also adored his dogs Tucker, Bentley and Maeze, who stood by him to his final moments.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1955; anatomic pathology. Died April 13, 2019, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Monique Dorval, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Fortin practised general medicine from 1955 to 1958, and then specialized in anatomic pathology, which he practised until 2011.”
Langley, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1979; internal medicine. Died April 13, 2019, aged 67. “Marg received her BSc and MSc in pharmacy from UBC before becoming Dr. Margaret Brunt after graduating from UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. In 1986 she opened her family practice in Richmond Hill, Ont., and also served as head of family medicine at the York Hospital. Marg was also a specialist in internal medicine, with a fellowship in health services research. From 2000 to 2011, Marg worked in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology as an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba. Cancer brought an end to her career while she was a geriatric consultant with the Burnaby Hospital and Abbotsford Regional Hospital in British Columbia.”
Oakville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1951; diagnostic radiology. Died April 12, 2019, aged 92. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “After medical school he pursued a career as a radiologist at the former Wellesley Hospital in Toronto.”
Saskatoon; University of Alberta, 1956; general pathology. Died April 11, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife Sylvia, 4 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. “Joe was awarded his pathology certification in 1961, and had a successful 25-year career at the St. Paul’s Hospital laboratory in Saskatoon. After experiencing a stroke in 1985 he retired from practice, having gained the respect of all who worked with him or knew him. He received tributes from St. Paul’s colleagues and staff, and was recognized by the Saskatoon Police Department for the professional assistance he provided over the years. He deeply regretted having to leave his profession.”
Vancouver; Université Laval, 1982; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 9, 2019, aged 60. Survived by her husband Franco and a daughter. “She began her medical career in Vancouver and practised her craft and used her teaching and administrative skills at St Paul’s and Royal Columbian hospitals, the Genesis Fertility Centre, BC Women’s Hospital and, ultimately, as a clinical associate professor and division head of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Vancouver General Hospital. In addition to her skills as a surgeon, she was passionate about patient safety and quality assurance, and she also earned her Canadian Physician Executive Certificate. In lieu of flowers, Nicole wanted everyone to donate blood. She received over 100 units of blood products during her illness (multiple myeloma).” The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC commented: “Our department is better for her many contributions, and she will be deeply missed.”
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1953; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 8, 2019, aged 91.
Peterborough, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 7, 2019, aged 89. Survived by 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “Jack will be remembered as a dedicated obstetrician-gynecologist who delivered close to 10,000 babies and saved countless lives with his unshakeable skill.”
London, Ont.; Utkal University (India), 1984; psychiatry. Died April 7, 2019, aged 62. Survived by 3 daughters. “Raj was a dedicated psychiatrist at the London Health Sciences Centre for over 25 years. His role as a physician and academic went beyond the tremendous care he provided for his patients. He believed in empowering those who surrounded him, including his patients and the many students and residents under his mentorship over the years.”
Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1961; cardiothoracic surgery; founder and former director general, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; retired, Senate of Canada; officer, Order of Canada; recipient, F.N.G. Starr Award, the Canadian Medical Association’s highest honour; laureate, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Died April 7, 2019, aged 83. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Ottawa Heart Institute President Dr. Thierry Mesana commented: “Together with Heart Institute staff, including those who worked alongside him for decades, I pledge that we will live up to his legacy, and his dream to continue growing his beloved institute.” Former Publisher Russ Mills commented in the Ottawa Citizen: “He was one of Ottawa’s greatest citizens. The term ‘world class’ gets bandied around a lot in times when it probably shouldn’t be, but one thing we do have that is really world class is the Ottawa Heart Institute. And this was his vision; without his plans and his effort, it just wouldn’t exist, and I’m sure it saved many, many lives.” When he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2007, the citation stated: “He is regarded by colleagues as an icon and by patients as the essence of the caring spirit in medicine. A visionary, Dr. Keon turned his dream to build a cardiovascular institute into a magnificent reality as the founder of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 1976. The institute has risen to an international standard of excellence.”
Sherbrooke, Que., Université Laval, 1944; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; cardiology; founding dean of medicine, Université de Sherbrooke. Died April 6, 2019, aged 101. “He began his career as a doctor in the Canadian army, which allowed him to be present in London on the day of the victory on May 8, 1945. After being demobilized he chose to continue his European stay with training in internal medicine and cardiology in Paris. After an additional year in Boston, he began his cardiology career in 1948 at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Sherbrooke, where he practised until his retirement. He was recognized as a particularly dedicated doctor to his patients, always available and empathetic. From 1961 to 1964 he served as the first dean of medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, which is now a leader in medical education.”
Toronto; Cambridge University (England), 1954; general practice. Died April 4, 2019, aged 89. Survived by 2 children.
North Saanich, BC; Cambridge University (England), 1969; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 4, 2019, aged 74. Survived by his wife Cynthia, 5 children and 7 grandchildren. “Michael had a unique way of leaving a lasting impression on those he met. His kindness, interest in others and gentle spirit allowed him to connect with so many. He led a diverse personal and professional life, during which he practised medicine throughout Canada and abroad.” A colleague wrote: “He was a fantastic contributor to medical education and medical community in Victoria.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1954; general practice. Died April 3, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Drayton Valley, Alta.; Welsh National School of Medicine (Wales), 1956; general practice. Died April 3, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Valerie and 3 children. “Brian moved to Drayton Valley in 1976, and will fondly be remembered as one of the town doctors for many years.” Colleague Dr. Robert Lampard commented: “When Brian came to Canada and the booming oil town of Drayton Valley as a GP-surgeon in 1976, he brought with him a fellowship in the Royal Geographical Society and an interest that led to the publication of books on the Pembina oil strike and the early settlement of Drayton Valley.”
Calgary; University of Calgary, 2018. Died April 2, 2019, aged 27. Survived by his parents and a sister. “After high school he attended the University of Alberta (U of A), where he obtained his BSc in biological sciences and chemistry with distinction. It was during this time that he discovered that he wanted to become a doctor. He performed biochemistry research throughout all 4 years of his degree, and then completed a year of graduate research in a biochemistry lab at the U of A. He was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship for his research, and also volunteered at the U of A hospital throughout his time at school. He was then accepted into the University of Calgary Cumming School Of Medicine in 2015. He absolutely loved medical school, and it was his true calling and passion. His classmates and his teachers . . . became his second family, and he so genuinely cared for the patients he interacted with during his training.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1963; internal medicine, gastroenterology. Died April 1, 2019, aged 80. Survived by his wife Anita and 2 stepsons. “After medical school Frank completed further training in medicine and pathology at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). He was awarded the prestigious Samuel McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship for 2 consecutive years, the first spent in England at the Royal Free Hospital in London under the tutelage of Dame Dr. Sheila Sherlock in the area of liver disease, and the second at the University of Chicago under the world-renowned Dr. Joseph Kirsner, with whom he studied inflammatory bowel disease. In 1965 his work in the Vancouver General’s morgue was instrumental in convicting Vancouver’s ‘Milkshake Murderer.’ Frank worked at the VGH for over 35 years, including 15 spent as head of gastroenterology. He also co-developed (with Dr. Allardyce) the hospital’s total parenteral nutrition program and the BC home enteral and parenteral feeding programs that are still used today. As an associate professor emeritus at UBC, he truly enjoyed his time teaching medical students, even receiving a Teacher of the Year Award. When Vancouver Coastal Health required mandatory retirement at age 65, he started up his own Liver and Intestinal Research (LAIR) Centre, which became the largest private research centre in Canada under his direction. Frank retired from medicine in 2011.”
Guelph, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1959; general practice. Died April 1, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife Helen, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Toronto born, Don started his medical practice in Deep River, Ont., and later in his career moved to Milton and Burlington, Ont. He brought many children into this world as a general practitioner, and served many years as the victim’s voice in his duties as coroner. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, and the hunt was always better than the find.”
Gatineau, Que.; Université de Sherbrooke, 1983; psychiatry. Died April 1, 2019, aged 59. Survived by her husband, Patricio Ponce, and a son. “She was a dedicated psychiatrist who was deeply concerned about the well-being of her patients.”
Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1954; internal medicine, respirology. Died March 30, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Paul joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight lieutenant, which enabled him to earn his medical degree. He continued with post-graduate studies in internal medicine at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and he was also awarded the McLaughlin Fellowship to study diseases of the chest at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England. He returned in 1963 and was appointed founding head of the Department of Respirology at the Victoria General Hospital. He was also a full professor at Dalhousie University and, subsequently, chief of medicine at the Halifax Infirmary. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and received the Regional Award for Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Paul was also a governor of the American College of Chest Physicians, past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lung Association. Paul had experienced many challenges in his early years. When he was 2 he lost his father in a work accident. At 17, he contracted tuberculosis and spent 3 years convalescing, including 6 months in a sanatorium, and during his military career he was exposed to an atomic bomb. He also descended 3,300 feet down a coal mine as a member of the initial rescue team during the Springhill mine disaster. He drew strength from these challenges, and became the man we all knew him to be.”
Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1953; general pathology. Died March 29, 2019, aged 90. Survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “Entering United College (now the University of Winnipeg) at age 15, he graduated from medical school in 1952 and moved to Vancouver to pursue further studies, eventually doing a residency in pathology. He continued to excel during this period, winning a prestigious Markle Scholarship in 1961, which led to further training at Louisiana State University and work in Central America for many months. As his career developed, he worked with many of the great men and women of pathology and medicine in BC, and his long friendship with the late Dr. Don Rix and his professional relationship with the late Dr. Cam Coady were sources of pride to him. After working for the federal government at Shaughnessy Hospital, the family moved to Kamloops in 1968, where he developed particular interests in medical microbiology and medicolegal pathology. During this time, he did volunteer professional work in Western Samoa and Sierra Leona, and formed fast friendships with others who did the same. In 1981 he moved to Chilliwack, BC, where he spent the last years of his working career with C.J. Coady and Associates. He retired in 1989.”
Moncton, NB; Gdansk Medical Academy (Poland), 1964; anesthesiology. Died March 27, 2019, aged 80. “Dr. Sikora was an anesthesiologist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton, as well as at hospitals in the United States.”
East York, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1955; general practice. Died March 26, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1955, she was 1 of only 3 female graduates of the U of T medical school. While raising a family of 3 children, Diane worked at the U of T Women’s Health Care Clinic and then trained as a psychotherapist at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. She maintained a private practice until her mid-70s.”
Ottawa; McGill University, 1950; dermatology; past president, Canadian Dermatology Association; past vice-president, American Dermatological Association. Died March 24, 2019, aged 92. Survived by 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and his cherished friend, Diana. “Dr. Jackson was a singular man. Everything he did he approached as an explorer, a sleuth, a student. His curiosity just had no off switch. He was also a tireless worker. He was the driving force in establishing the post-graduate dermatology program at the University of Ottawa, and was still interviewing medical students interested in specializing in dermatology until his death. Robert reached the pinnacle of his profession, having authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, most notably on skin cancers, and a definitive medical textbook, Morphological Diagnosis of Skin Disease. To include them all, his CV runs to 62 pages. He began his practice in Ottawa in 1958, and served his patients for over 50 years. He was also honoured by the Nunavut government in 2008 for running clinics and training in Iqaluit for over 10 years. He also provided care at the Smiths Falls Home Regional Institute for 22 years, and was a board member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association for 23 years. Throughout his career, he fought tirelessly for resources to train more Canadian dermatologists.”
Buffalo, NY; Université de Montréal, 1952; internal medicine. Died March 22, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 2 children and a granddaughter.
Nanoose Bay, BC; University of British Columbia, 1962; family medicine; honorary member, Canadian Medical Association. Died March 20, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Jill and a daughter and granddaughter. “Charles started in family practice in Victoria, and in 1967 moved to Duncan, BC, where he practised until his retirement in 2000. He continued to practise in walk-in clinics in Victoria before finally leaving family practice in 2003. In the 1960s he was very active with political ambitions within the Social Credit Party, and was a candidate for the BC Legislature in 4 elections. In the ’70s he was president of the Cowichan Valley Medical Society and chief of medical staff at the Cowichan Hospital. He also became active with the BC Medical Association (BCMA), serving on its Patterns of Practice Committee and on the Medical Advisory Committee to the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSPBC). He also served as BCMA representative to the Audit and Inspection Committee of the MSPBC before finally retiring in 2005.” A friend and colleague wrote: “Addie was highly respected by his medical colleagues. He had been a bagpiper since his youth, so perhaps there will be a ‘skirl of the pipes’ where this fine man now rests.”
Victoria; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1963; pediatrics. Died March 19, 2019, aged 79. Survived by his wife Elsie, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1986; internal medicine, hematology; past president, Canadian Bone Marrow Transplant Group and Canadian Hematology Society; co-chair, Hematology Site Group at the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group/Cancer Clinical Trials Group. Died March 19, 2019, aged 58. “He was a general practitioner for two years in Elmsdale, NS, and then pursued further training in internal medicine at Dalhousie University, hematology at McMaster University and a National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Stephen joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in 1997, where he was director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program for many years and hematology service chief/division head. Stephen was recognized nationally as a remarkable leader and his loss will be felt throughout the hematology community in Canada. While he was passionate about clinical trials and the science of hematology, his greatest satisfaction came from the care he delivered to his patients and his role as teacher of medical students and residents, which resulted in numerous teaching awards. Stephen exemplified the dedicated and compassionate physician, and countless students have benefitted from his mentorship. He always felt such great joy in seeing others succeed.” A patient’s wife wrote: “Dr. Couban was an expert in his field, and we feel he was a reason that my husband is alive today.”
Calgary; Dalhousie University, 1973; general practice; former medical officer, Canadian Forces. Died March 17, 2019, aged 76. Survived by his wife Bev, 5 children and 7 grandchildren. “After teaching school in PEI he realized he wanted to do more, and left for Dalhousie University to become a doctor. While in university, he sold Fuller Vacuums at night. Later, he joined the Canadian Forces’ Medical Officer Training Program to help pay his way through school. After leaving the military in the early 1980s he relocated the family to Didsbury, Alta. Hal practised medicine and helped so many people in Didsbury, Red Deer, Edmonton and, ultimately, Calgary, where the family relocated in 2000. He continued to practise and help others until the day he left us. Hal was clearly meant to be a doctor — he was always helping, and putting others before himself.”
Dryden, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1958; family medicine. Died March 16, 2019, aged 88. Survived by 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “John spent many years practising medicine in Dryden before finishing his career as regional coroner for Northwestern Ontario. Although John spent the last 61 years of his life in Dryden, in his heart he was always a Maritimer. His children all learned Newfoundland folk songs each morning as their father shaved.”
Winnipeg; University of Western Ontario, 1941; general surgery; past president, Manitoba Medical Association. Died March 16, 2019, aged 101. Survived by 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “Against the odds in those tough Depression times, Lloyd put himself through medical school. He then married Desta Kathleen Buse, a registered nurse, and they set out for the small, fly-in mining community of Favourable Lake, Ont. For 7 years they worked together and faced many challenges, including a serious forest fire. In 1950 the family moved to Winnipeg. Medicine mattered a great deal to Lloyd, and his accomplishments in the field were many. He developed surgical techniques and equipment, including the first cannulated intravenous needle. He was renowned as a diagnostician and was a tireless campaigner against the tobacco industry for the Canadian Medical Association. He mentored several generations of students, and was deeply moved when some of those doctors and nurses made a point of acknowledging him during his last weeks in hospital. In mid-life Lloyd developed an enduring passion for diet and exercise. He learned to swim and took up running and weight-lifting. His daily regimen became central to his well-being, and he was fortunate to have a wife who obliged his very definite ideas about diet with good humour and great competence. Lloyd always attributed his long good health and ability to maintain a remarkable level of independence to his strictly healthy lifestyle.” A grandchild of a former patient wrote: “In the late 1960s, Dr. Bartlett saw my grandfather for the first time. The family lore was that he told my grandfather to go home, quit smoking, start exercising and lose 30 pounds. ‘I don’t want a patient who is determined to kill himself’ is what we heard when the story was told. My grandfather respected the direct approach, and took the advice. He followed Dr. Bartlett’s prescribed diet for the rest of his life. Dr. Bartlett was a pioneer in being a doctor of wellness.”
Langley, BC; flying officer, Royal Air Force (RAF); Durham University (England), 1956; general practice. Died March 15, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Jane, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “It was during his time in the RAF that he decided to pursue a career in medicine. After receiving his medical degree in 1956, he immigrated to Canada with Jane in 1958. Geof worked as a general practitioner in Surrey, BC, for 36 years, and loved his work with his patients, staff and colleagues.”
Norwood, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1948; family medicine. Died March 15, 2019, aged 95. “Mary gained admittance to medical school with the help of a recommendation from Charles Best of Banting and Best, who discovered insulin in the 1920s. After a year honing her obstetrics skills in London, England, she hung up her shingle in Unity, Sask., for several years. In the early 1950s she returned to Toronto and opened her family practice on the Danforth, retiring in her 70s. She delivered hundreds of babies and spent so much time on each of her patients she always ran late, but no one ever complained. In memory of our Auntie Mary, please do something kind today.” A former patient wrote: “I can still hear her distinct, gentle and reassuring voice. And yes, you were never rushed — she always had time to listen.”
Regina; University College Cork (Ireland), 1967; general practice. Died March 14, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Eilish, 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. “Matt graduated from medical school at age 23. He practised medicine in West Cork, Ireland, and Norquay, Sask., before practising for almost 40 years in Regina.”
Calgary; University of Calgary, 1989; family medicine. Died March 14, 2019, aged 63.
Vancouver; Lingnan University (China), 1951; general practice. Died March 12, 2019, aged 95. Survived by 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “He was a physician and surgeon and had a private practice as a family doctor, first in Hong Kong and later in Vancouver, after immigrating to Canada in 1968. He became a Canadian citizen in 1974 and retired in 1993, at age 70. For many years he maintained 2 offices in Vancouver, one near the University of British Columbia and the other in Chinatown, serving both communities. He continued to make house calls even after they became less common, and he treated many patients from among the less fortunate population around Main and Hastings in Vancouver.”
Kingston, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1968; general practice. Died March 9, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Marlene, 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Québec; Université Laval, 1963; general practice. Died March 6, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife, Johanne Tousignant, 2 children, a stepson and 7 grandchildren. “Everyone will remember a dedicated physician who was passionate about his profession and practised medicine for more than 50 years.”