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Ridgetown, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1977; general practice. Died June 15, 2020, aged 68. Survived by his wife Debbie, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “John joined his father’s medical practice in 1978 and also displayed his father’s commitment both to Ridgetown and area, and to Kiwanis. John rose to become Kiwanis governor of Eastern Canada and the Caribbean in 2004-05 and, in 2014-15, served as president of Kiwanis International. Within Kiwanis, John, travelled the globe building support for the prevention of iodine deficiency disorder and the elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus, among many other projects. John was chief of family practice for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham and president of the Kent County Medical Society, and served as chair of the board of the Foundation of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance in 2010-11.”
North York, Ont.; University of Vienna (Austria), 1963; psychiatry; professor, University of Toronto. Died June 14, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife Elfi, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “John was a Holocaust survivor. After losing a kidney at 17 to a wartime injury, John developed an interest in medicine. Following a family tradition, he studied at the University of Vienna. In 1967, John and his family immigrated to Canada to pursue better career opportunities and to devote more time to his interest in group therapy. After redoing his internship and part of his residency, John was on the staff of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto for 23 years, the last 17 as director of the Psychiatric Outpatient Department. There he established an exemplary teaching program and the largest group therapy set-up in Canada. In 1993, John made a very successful transition to private practice, which permitted him to devote more of his own time to helping people by reducing his administrative responsibilities. In recent months, when closing his practice, John mentioned that many of his patients had expressed their heartfelt thanks to him for the profound impact he had on their lives. . . . John had developed a deep passion for group psychotherapy early in his career. This treatment method fascinated him throughout his life, and he had the privilege of helping thousands of people throughout a career that spanned over 55 years. John was a member of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto for over 40 years and a professor for the past 30. He was internationally prominent through his writings and the 250 lectures he delivered. Only a decade after getting ‘off the boat,’ John became founding president of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, He was impressed early on by how unique Canada has been in treating its immigrants. He was in a strong position to compare Canada with other countries, Canada being the fifth place he called home. He felt thankful and proud of having become a Canadian citizen.”
North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1974; orthopedic surgery; former CEO, Humber River Hospital, Toronto; top adviser on health care reform to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. Died June 8, 2020, aged 72. Survived by his wife Rhonda and his children and grandchildren. Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott commented: “Today, we lost a giant. Dr. Devlin was a visionary and leader who helped re-imagine what health care could be in Ontario.” The Toronto Star reported: “As chief executive of Humber River Hospital from 1999 to 2016, Devlin merged 3 aging campuses into 1 with the creation of North America’s first fully digital hospital at the new location near Keele and Highway 401. It opened in 2015 and is designed like an airport, with patients directed to specific entrances closest to their intended destination, whether it’s for an MRI or the emergency room.”
Toronto; University of Toronto, 1996; psychiatry. Died June 3, 2020, aged 50. “Dr. Moller was a gifted and caring physician and researcher who dedicated his professional life to holistic patient wellness. After obtaining his medical degree he specialized in psychiatry at McMaster University. In addition, in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, he explored linkages between health and public policy and received a master’s degree in public policy. He would subsequently broaden his academic scope to sleep and dream studies, street and driving safety, and media and VR simulation in relation to mental health. He also received a diploma from the Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (USA). He secured funding for his collaborative research projects through support from government and independent granting agencies, and presented the findings in peer-reviewed publications and at national and international conferences.”
Brossard, QC; Université Laval, 1953; nuclear medicine. Died May 22, 2020, aged 93. Survived by his wife, Michelle Brière, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “He was a devoted doctor, a man of heart and of science.”
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1959; anesthesiology. Died May 19, 2020, aged 84. Survived by his wife Della, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Taylor was a man who served so many in his capacity as a Sault Ste. Marie physician. He demonstrated the strength and stoicism of so many of those who grew up in the time of WW II. He also served as a medical officer in the 49th (Sault Ste. Marie) Field Regiment, last holding the rank of major. ”
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1981; family medicine. Died April 26, 2020, aged 63. Survived by her husband, Carl Collister, 5 children and 3 grandchildren. “She practised family medicine in Winnipeg, always devoted in her dealings with her patients and their families.”
London, Ont.; University of Saskatchewan, 1963; nuclear medicine, internal medicine. Died April 22, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife Roswitha, 5 children and 7 grandchildren. “He was a dedicated and caring physician in internal medicine, and one of the first nuclear medicine physicians in the region.”
London, England; University of Aberdeen (Scotland), 1957; British army; neurology; former consultant in neurology, Sunnybrook Medical Centre, Toronto; professor emeritus, neurology, St. George’s (University of London). Died April 8, 2020, aged 86. An In Memoriam article in the journal Stroke stated: “No history of vascular neurology would be complete without the name of John W. Norris. We have lost him to coronavirus disease (COVID 19), but his contributions continue to have an impact.” His accomplishments included establishing Canada’s first acute stroke unit at Sunnybrook and founding the Canadian Stroke Consortium, a move that brought “all 45 Canadian stroke centres under 1 umbrella to carry out controlled clinical trials.” Former colleague Natan Bornstein wrote: “I can definitely say that I owe John my entire international career. I am sure that his many fellows (25) from 4 continents share the same views and feelings for our ‘academic father,’ a mentor, a gentleman, a colleague, and friend whom we will all miss and remember.”
Calgary; McMaster University, 1992; psychiatry. Died due to complications of breast cancer March 27, 2020, aged 55. Survived by her husband, Alex Memedovich, and 3 children. “Glenda impacted many lives by inspiring and encouraging everyone to treat others kindly and strive to their full potential. She was a role model and mentor to her colleagues, students, and friends, and her guidance will be dearly missed.” The Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary commented: “Glenda was a remarkably bright and productive clinician-scientist who had a special gift for working with people and looking at issues from fresh and new perspectives. She advanced the discipline of psychiatry and mental health both academically and clinically, and contributed to the Calgary community in a meaningful and compassionate way.”
Toronto; University of Hong Kong, 1959; psychiatry. Died March 22, 2020, aged 86.
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1978; internal medicine, neurology. Died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis March 11, 2020, aged 66. Survived by his wife Marina, a son and a grandchild. “Doug practised neurology for 35 years. He retired because of his illness in November 2018.”
Port Credit, Ont.; University of London (England), 1963; internal medicine. Died March 8, 2020, aged 88. Survived by his wife Patricia, 2 children, 2 grandchildren and 4 stepchildren. “Born in Bratislava, he graduated from University College in London with a Gold Medal. He had a distinguished career in medicine.”
Gatineau, QC; Université Laval, 1952; general surgery. Died Feb. 19, 2020, aged 93. Survived by his wife, Céline Chénier, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Trenton, Ont.; University of Alberta, 1969; ophthalmology. Died Feb. 3, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Roberta, 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Halifax; University College Dublin (Ireland), 1975; pediatric neurology. Died Feb. 1, 2020, aged 69. Survived by his wife Elizabeth, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “After graduation, a happy turn of fate brought Joe and Elizabeth to Toronto in 1976, where he completed his residency in pediatric neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children. Following a year as a research fellow at the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute, the family settled in Halifax in 1982. Joe practised at the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children (IWK Health Centre) and taught at Dalhousie University for 37 years, until his retirement. Joe was head of the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the IWK for more than 15 years. He truly cared for and loved seeing the many children in his practice, and took immense satisfaction in helping infants and children from all over the Maritimes.”
London, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1978; emergency medicine; professor emeritus, Western University; past president, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. Died Jan. 25, 2020, aged 65. Survived by his wife Evelyn and 2 daughters. “After medical school he spent 2 adventurous years working as a rotating intern, registrar and senior house surgeon, and doing GP locums, at Wellington Hospital in New Zealand. Back in Canada, Trevor completed a year-long residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa before completing his residency in emergency medicine at Queen’s University. He then moved to London, Ont., in 1983 to start his career at Victoria Hospital, subsequently the London Health Sciences Centre, with an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine at Western University. He had a brilliant career and wore many hats before retiring in 2018 after more than 35 years in practice. Trevor was a rare physician who excelled as a clinician, teacher and administrator. His quiet competence and compassion will always be remembered by the patients and families he cared for in the ER, and by the colleagues and hospital staff he worked with. Medical students and physicians in training will remember him as a dedicated teacher, mentoring many who now practise emergency medicine across Canada. In 2005, during Trevor’s tenure as site chief at the Victoria Hospital Emergency Department, he was instrumental in the transfer of the South Street ER to its present Commissioners Road location.”
Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1964; family medicine. Died Jan. 18, 2020, aged 69. Survived by his wife Lynda, 5 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1964 he opened his family practice in Dartmouth, NS. His medical career spanned 3 decades and won him numerous awards, including the 1985 Family Physician of the Year Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He was a past president of the NS Chapter of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, and served as physician for Team Canada at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1984 Jim was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. He unwaveringly represented and served the people of Dartmouth East as a Liberal MLA, winning re-election in 1988, 1993, 1998 and 1999. During his time in government he served in cabinet as minister of community services, justice, health, and housing and municipal affairs. In his public life, Jim was always committed to justice, fairness and, most importantly, kindness. He strongly believed in standing up for what is right, so it was fitting that he chose a life of serving people.”
Lethbridge, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1985; psychiatry. Died Jan. 8, 2020, aged 70. Survived by his wife, Kimberly Storie-Owen, and a stepdaughter. “Michael immigrated to Canada in 1974, where he prided himself on his cab-driving skills in Toronto and Calgary [until attending university] and earning his medical degree. Michael contributed 27 years of service in Lethbridge and surrounding communities as a consulting psychiatrist, and was appointed chief of psychiatry over 2 different terms. He carried out his duties with diligence, integrity and fearless leadership. His strengths were in his direct approach toward problems, providing clarity and direction while balancing patient and organizational needs. Michael also had a longstanding love affair [with] the Rolling Stones, attending over 140 concerts.”
Kingston, Ont.; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1974; infectious diseases; professor emeritus, Queen’s University. Died Jan. 6, 2020, aged 74. “After graduating with an honours degree in modern history from the University of Toronto, she spent 2 amazing, life-changing years as a volunteer with Canadian University Service Overseas, teaching in French in rural Burundi, Africa. This experience opened her heart to the importance of medical care in remote and/or impoverished communities. Upon returning to Canada, she graduated from Newfoundland’s then-new medical school as its first pediatrician. She then spent over 5 incredible years as chief of pediatrics with the International Grenfell Association as the solo pediatrician providing primary, secondary and tertiary care for the Aboriginal, Inuit and settler children living in remote communities in northern Newfoundland and Labrador. Her commitment to global health issues had been an important factor in her professional and personal life for over 50 years. She studied tropical medicine, receiving the Gold Medal in International Community Health from the School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool, England. She completed her master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, and was inducted into Delta Omega Alpha, the National Honorary Public Health Society. She was also certified in pediatric infectious diseases by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This enriched her clinical and public health knowledge and skills when she spent vacations volunteering as a pediatrician in rural under-resourced areas, including those in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Cambodia and Vietnam. In 1987, Dr. Onyett joined the Faculty of Medicine at Queen’s University, where she became a tenured full professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology, community health and epidemiology, and rehabilitation therapy prior to becoming professor emeritus in 2012. In Kingston, she founded the infectious disease service, and for the first 3 years was the only infectious disease specialist for adult and pediatric patients. As a clinician for 25 years, Dr. Onyett organized specialty clinics in tropical medicine and travel health, and provided general pediatric coverage for inpatients, the Emergency Department, and while on call. For 10 years she was also director of the Regional Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Onyett also served on numerous Queen’s University, national and international committees, and was president of the medical staff at the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society. As an educator, Dr. Onyett was a trailblazer. She developed and taught numerous undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education courses at Queen’s University, as well as courses in the master’s program at Queen’s and at the Boston University School of Public Health. She also developed and taught the first Canadian medical school undergraduate course in international maternal and child health. As professor emeritus, Dr. Onyett, developed and taught ‘train the trainers’ courses on saving lives and preventing disability at the Bangladesh Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed as a member of the Queen’s University Centre of Excellence in Community Based Rehabilitation CIDA Muskoka Initiative. Dr. Onyett had been honoured to receive numerous teaching awards, and in 2016 she received the Life Membership Award of the Canadian Paediatric Society for ‘tremendous dedication to advancing the health of children in Canada.’ ”
Riverview, NB; Dalhousie University, 1955; internal medicine. Died Jan. 4, 2020, aged 91. Survived by his wife Mary (Jill), 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Tom’s medical career took him to Weymouth, NS, Halifax and Toronto. Along with his growing family, he returned to his hometown of Moncton to specialize in internal medicine. He co-founded the Moncton Hospital’s Cardiac Unit with his colleague, the late Bill Turner, and later he established its Rheumatology Clinic.”