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St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1967; diagnostic radiology; past president, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA, 1979-80); past chair, Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Board of Directors; past president, CMA (1992-93); honorary life member, CMA. Died Sept. 18, 2020, aged 86. Survived by his wife Betty-Lou, 2 children and 2 grandsons. “After graduation Ron returned to the province he dearly loved and began his career as a radiologist at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s. During Ron’s 40-year tenure at St. Clare’s he served as president of both the NLMA and CMA. Ron was an adventurous soul whose extensive travel was driven by his interest in history and passion for polar exploration. Despite Ron’s worldwide adventures, which took him to all 7 continents, he spoke most fondly of his 1983 seal hunt voyage, where he was ship’s physician aboard the Lady Johnson II, captained by his dear friend Morrisey Johnson. Ron loved the sea, was an avid sailor, and spent many hours on Conception Bay in his boat, The Mighty Photon.” A colleague wrote: “Ron was a wonderful role model and mentor to all of the medical trainees lucky enough to have been guided under his watch. He accomplished this in a kind, caring and gregarious fashion that was a gift to us all. Not only was he a great radiologist and communicator and a true clinician’s clinician, but also and equally importantly he treated colleagues, nurses, other co-members of the health care team and patients with the greatest respect and compassion.” When he assumed the CMA presidency in 1992, he described to CMAJ his love for exploration and explorers, especially Sir Ernest Shackleton. “When Whelan arrived at Shackleton’s hut, which is only 900 km from the South Pole,” CMAJ reported, “he felt he was visiting a shrine. ‘I will never find words to describe the feeling of going into that hut and sitting in the same chair that Shackleton sat in over 70 years ago,’ he said. The words aren’t necessary, for a look at Whelan’s face describes perfectly the impact that experience had on him.”
Fredericton; Dalhousie University, 1995; family medicine. Died Sept. 18, 2020, aged 61. Survived by his wife, Karen Spragg, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Michael’s career path began in forestry when he entered the forestry program at the University of New Brunswick, and graduated in 1982. This was a natural fit for him as he loved nature — trees, flowers, rocks, soil, the list goes on. He loved the smell of the earth and the soil between his fingers. Michael began a second career in medicine at Dalhousie University. He graduated in 1995 and began working in private family practice in the United States. Michael arrived in Fredericton during the fall of 2007 and accepted a position as director of the first hospitalist program at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. He diligently, persistently, passionately and successfully nurtured the program, as well as numerous medical students and residents. He enjoyed the challenge of providing the best care for his patients. He loved interacting with the team — nurses, doctors, pharmacists and all the support staff. As he would tell you, ‘This isn’t work — I am lucky to get to do this job every day.’ ”
Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1971; plastic surgery. Died Sept. 16, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Judy, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Bob devoted his life to the practice of medicine, both in general practice with a great team at the Queen Street Medical Group and as a solo practitioner in reconstructive and esthetic plastic surgery at the Medical Arts. For many years, Bob also served the province by holding monthly clinics in Prince Albert and Melfort. He was committed to teaching students, patients and residents, and loved serving his community. Bob was indebted to Dr. Les Chasmar for his tutelage and mentorship; together with Dr. Jim Zondervan, they built the first Surgi Centre in Saskatchewan.”
Regina; Queen’s University, 1945; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; general surgery. Died Sept. 3, 2020, aged 98. Survived by 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Murray had a long and distinguished career in medicine and surgery. He was a member of the medical staff at the Plains Health Centre, chief of surgery at the Pasqua Hospital, and had a long relationship with the Regina General Hospital (RGH) that began in 1945. In 1950 Murray completed post-graduate training at McGill University, where he earned his fellowship in general surgery. On returning to Regina, he joined the Department of Surgery at the RGH and Grey Nuns in 1954, and was elevated to senior member in 1956. He continued work with the Medical Arts Clinic and launched a specialist surgical practice that would continue until 1982. From 1963 to 1978 he served as head of the Department of Surgery at Grey Nuns. In 1978, he was successful in completing the examination for the certificate of special competence in pediatric general surgery. He continued to operate a solo surgical practice, specializing in general surgical practice and pediatric general surgery. Over his long career, Murray received recognition for years of service in organized medicine at the provincial and national levels. He was a past president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA), the Regina and District Medical Society, the Saskatchewan Surgical Society and the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Clinical Surgeons. He was also an active member of the SMA’s Board of Directors from 1968-80, chaired the SMA's Education Committee from 1968-74, and was an active member of the Canadian Medical Association's Council on Medical Education. He also served as chair of the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received the SMA’s Award of Merit in 1979, along with a Leadership Award from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was an associate clinical professor. In 1993 Dr. Fraser was appointed to the unified medical staff of the Regina Health District, and focused his practice on pediatric surgery. After 62 years of dedicated service, Dr. Fraser retired from the RGH in 2007.”
West Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1956; general practice. Died Sept. 1, 2020, aged 94. Survived by his wife Erika, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “He has always been very passionate about practising medicine, but his vision of service went beyond his practice at Collingwood Medical Clinic: he also volunteered locally in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and travelled to less-developed countries such as Vietnam, St. Lucia, Albania and Uzbekistan. When extended family members needed medical advice or a second opinion, he was always ready to help.”
Grand-Sault, NB; Université Laval, 1987; family medicine. Died Aug. 28, 2020, aged 61. Survived by her husband, Mario Dufour, and 2 children. A patient wrote: “She was a kind and calm voice through some of our most difficult times.”
Coldwater, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1985; family practice. Died following a motorcycle accident Aug. 28, 2020, aged 62. Survived by 3 children, a stepchild, the children’s mothers, and 1 grandchild. “Dr. Ives was a dedicated and respected family doctor for the Town of Coldwater and surrounding area for over 30 years. Treating his patients with the care of a friend, Mike believed that practising medicine was an art, and that it should always be focused on the people, rather than simply the science.”
Vancouver; Formosa College of Medicine (Taiwan), 1950; public health. Died Aug. 23, 2020, aged 97. Survived by his wife Judy, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “He attended medical school in Shanghai, and went to Taiwan in 1949 to finish medical school. He specialized in tuberculosis and then completed his residency and internship in the US. He returned to Taiwan in 1958 to get married, and worked as an associate professor at the National Taiwan University School of Medicine. Later, he was appointed director of the Taiwan Tuberculosis Control Bureau. He received a master’s of public health from the University of Michigan, completed a fellowship with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe and Southeast Asia, and was a TB consultant for WHO in Samoa. He moved to Canada in 1972, and headed the Vancouver Willow Chest Clinic until his retirement in 1993. During his career, he travelled around the world to provide medical care. His integrity, work ethic, dedication, and compassion for his work and patients speak volumes about his character.”
Winnipeg; Dacca Medical College (Bangladesh), 1960; general practice. Died Aug. 17, 2020, aged 83. Survived by a daughter and his grandchildren. “In 1975, the family moved to Canada. They settled in Treherne, Man., where Kiron worked as a family physician for 28 years. They moved to Winnipeg in 2006, where he practised in and owned a walk-in clinic known as Kildonan Crossing Medical Clinic. Kiron retired from medicine in 2010, after practising for 50 years.”
Vancouver; Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), 1952; internal medicine, cardiology. Died Aug. 15, 2020, aged 92. Survived by 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “The family moved to Vancouver in 1964. Eve worked at various hospitals in the city, primarily at Shaughnessy Hospital until its closure, where she headed the cardiology ward and established the first ‘non-smoking’ ward. In 1974 she opened her own cardiology practice. She was also a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.”.
Toronto; American University Lebanon (Lebanon), 1958; pathology. Died Aug. 15, 2020, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Dr. Norma Chalvardjian (Temple), and 2 children. “He immigrated to Canada in 1963 and was assistant scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Subsequently he was staff pathologist at St. Michael’s Hospital and associate professor of pathology at the University of Toronto. His hobby was flying Cessna 176s day or night, weather permitting.” A former colleague wrote: “I was a resident at St. Michael's Hospital in 1979 and remember Ara as a superb pathologist and excellent teacher.”
West Vancouver; University of Toronto, 1949; anesthesiology. Died Aug. 13, 2020, aged 93.
Sarnia, Ont.; University of South Africa, 1980; family medicine. Died Aug. 12, 2020, aged 74. Survived by his soulmate, Sheila Groombridge, 2 children, the children’s mother, Marlaine, a granddaughter, 2 stepchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. “A gentleman, healer and provider, he lived a remarkably diverse life that built the foundation for his career as a physician.”
Red Deer, Alta.; University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1999; family medicine. Died after being attacked in his office by a patient on Aug. 10, 2020, aged 45. Survived by his wife Anelia and 2 daughters. CMA President Sandy Buchman commented: “Our profession was shaken to its core this week as our colleague, Dr. Walter Reynolds, was tragically murdered in his Red Deer clinic. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, clinic staff and patients as they mourn this inexplicable loss. The physician-patient relationship is built on a foundation of trust, and the attack on Dr. Reynolds is an unfathomable violation of that trust. Many of us treat our patients in similar settings, and I want to acknowledge how you may be feeling as you reflect on your own work and experiences.” Dr Christine Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, noted: “A couple of days has not been enough time to feel that I can properly express my sorrow. When a few media outlets came to make respectful and sympathetic requests for more reaction, I said that while there are many questions for the days ahead, right now our hearts go out to the family, friends and colleagues for the loss of their loved one. We are mindful that this is a time of shock and deep grief. A time for sorrow. A time to reflect. Our colleague, Dr. Walter Reynolds, was a family physician devoted to his family, his patients and his calling. He will be sorely missed.”
Hampden, NL; family medicine. Alexandria University (Egypt), 1984; family medicine. Died Aug. 3, 2020, aged 61. Survived by his wife Eman and 2 children. “He served as a family doctor in Hampden for 16 years. He was a caring and loving man who put his patients first.”
Courtenay, BC; Royal Artillery; St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (England), 1954; psychiatry. Died July 31, 2020, aged 92. Survived by his wife, Susan Ketchen, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “After immigrating to Canada from the UK in 1969, Michael joined the new Foothills Hospital and the new medical school at the University of Calgary. He was appointed to the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine in 1971, a relationship which continued until 1991 when he was appointed professor emeritus of psychiatry. During these years he was director of the Residency Training Program in Psychiatry, and also of Adolescent Treatment Programs, including Wood’s Christian Homes, and of the medical staff of Alberta Mental Health Services, Calgary Region. He also served on the medical school’s Admissions Committee and as an associate director in the Department of Psychiatry at Calgary General Hospital. He moved to Vancouver Island in 1988, and for 6 years was director of psychiatry at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox and consultant psychiatrist to BC Mental Health Services in the Comox Valley and North Vancouver Island, linking with the University of British Columbia as an honorary clinical professor of psychiatry. He retired to his beloved hobby farm in 1997.”
Victoria; University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 1969; anesthesiology. Died of cancer July 30, 2020, aged 74. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Loes first studied neurosurgery in Amsterdam, then worked at the Neurological Institute in London in 1973. In 1974 she became the first resident in the University of Calgary’s Residency Training Program in Neurosurgery at Foothills Hospital. She left in 1975 to do research, after which she transferred to anesthesiology. She loved anesthesiology and made many friends over the years among the doctors and nurses. During her 30-year career she worked in Red Deer, Alta., Calgary, Comox, BC, and Victoria. Serious back problems forced her to retire in 2016, but she missed practising anesthesia for the rest of her life.”
Gaspé, Que.; Université Laval, 2009; family medicine. Died in a bicycle accident July 23, 2020, aged 40. Survived by her husband, Louis-Vincent Lemelin, and 3 children. “Sporty, talented, ambitious, Frédérique strove for excellence in everything she did. Being around her allowed us to follow in her wake.”
Sylvan Lake, Alberta.; University of the Free State (South Africa), 1985; family medicine. Died July 22, 2020, aged 58. Survived by his wife Susan and 2 children. “Joe was a family physician who graduated from medical school in South Africa in 1985. He moved to Sylvan Lake in August of 2000, where he served the community in a full-spectrum family practice. Joe delivered numerous babies, did hospital work in Red Deer Regional Hospital and cared for patients from cradle to grave. He was a compassionate and skilled physician who deeply cared about people and had an unshakable love for life.” A patient wrote: “I loved my relationship with [this] doctor — open, honest, collaborative health care. He will be missed in the office and in my heart.”
Nanaimo, BC; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1952; general practice. Died July 20, 2020, aged 94. Survived by 3 children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. “Dad trained in Scotland and opened his private medical practice in the town of his birth, Princes Town, Trinidad. There, as the town’s only doctor for many years, he was on call 24/7 and dealt with snake and scorpion bites, minor surgeries, delivering babies, and so on. Sometimes patients even expected him to look after their ailing livestock! Dad knew that basic public health — clean water, and sanitation — was a key factor in people’s medical outcomes. He believed in food self-sufficiency, and wrote countless letters and petitioned the Trinidad government to be less reliant on imported American products, which were destroying local farmers’ livelihoods. Dad’s political activities led to him being blacklisted and harassed by the Trinidad government. He and the family immigrated to Nanaimo in 1971, part of a diaspora of Trinidadian leaders and influencers who fell afoul of the government. In Nanaimo, Dad practised at the Medical Arts Centre for many years.”
West Vancouver; University of Glasgow, 1958; Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF); general practice. Died July 18, 2020, aged 86. Survived by his wife Mary, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Colin came to Canada to serve as a flight lieutenant in the RCAF from 1959 to 1965. He served at the Institute of Aviation Medicine, where he researched acceleration and gravitational physiology for aircrew flying Voodoo jets. He moved the family to Comox, BC, for a time to serve as medical director of the base hospital, Canadian Forces Base Comox, then to Toronto to earn his degree in public health and occupational health medicine at the University of Toronto. Colin found ultimate fulfillment in pioneering programs in this burgeoning field, first with Bell Telephone and finally with BC Telephone, where he enjoyed many years of award-winning excellence as the medical director.”
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1953; internal medicine, cardiology. Died July 18, 2020, aged 91. Survived by 7 children, 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “In 1958 he returned home as head, Section of Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, a position he held for 24 years. In 1981, he joined the Great-West Life Assurance Company and served as vice-president and chief medical director for 29 years, while continuing part-time private practice in cardiology at the Winnipeg Clinic. He retired at age 87. Throughout his rewarding 50-year career he felt truly blessed to care for many patients from birth into adulthood. He also served as a physician for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the 1976 Canadian Olympic Team. In 2015, he joined his father when inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. As a world-renowned researcher in cardiology and exercise physiology, he published more than 200 scientific papers, including 2 editorials in Circulation, and he also authored several book chapters and 1 book, and chaired sessions at American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Canadian Cardiovascular Society meetings, and at the first 2 World Congresses of Pediatric Cardiology.”
Surrey, BC; University of Saskatchewan, 1967; general practice. Died July 18, 2020, aged 80. Survived by his wife, Dr. Jean Mercer, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “A major contributor to the growth of the medical community in White Rock, BC, since 1969, Stan was 1 of the original 6 doctors at the Hilltop Medical Clinic, where he spent 35 years in practice after an internship at the Royal Columbian. Stan assisted in the births of many of current White Rock-area citizens. He also served on the board of the Peace Arch Hospital Society. At 6-foot 10 inches tall, he was always quick to duck under the doorway and immediately take a seat in order not to frighten his younger patients. He was a gentle giant with a quick medical mind and a heart of gold.”
Burlington, Ont.; Université Laval, 1955; psychiatry; professor emeritus, McMaster University. Died July 17, 2020, aged 90. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Dr. Lemieux was an assistant professor of psychiatry at McGill and served as superintendent of L’hôpital des Laurentides before moving to Ontario in 1971 to become medical director at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital.”
Canmore, Alta.; University of Saskatchewan, 1977; infectious diseases. Died July 17, 2020, aged 68. Survived by his wife Prudence, 2 children and a grandson. “After medical school Geoff pursued post-graduate education in New Zealand and at the universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Minnesota, McGill and Tufts. His work had a global focus and he enjoyed outreach opportunities in Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong and Uganda. Throughout a career spanning 4 decades as an infectious disease physician and professor at the University of Alberta, Geoff was dedicated to providing his patients with kind and compassionate care. He was an advocate for vulnerable and often stigmatized patients beginning in the early days of HIV/AIDS. He co-founded the Northern Alberta HIV Program and established the first modern Infection Prevention and Control Program in Alberta. Data and fact driven, Geoff also was a founding member of the Canadian Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Program, where he ensured the collection and use of quality surveillance data to guide patient care and health policy to prevent hospital acquired infections.”
Ottawa; Université de Montpellier (France), 1956; general practice; officer, Order of Canada. Died July 17, 2020, aged 92. Survived by 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. “During his career he was medical director at St-Anne’s, the Queen Mary Veteran’s and the Royal Victoria hospitals before serving as CEO of the Montreal General Hospital (1972-88). He also served as associate dean, professional affairs, in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University (1975-97), and subsequently as executive director of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. Harvey was a staunch defender of the socialized Canadian health care system. He set up the first community health clinic (CLSC) in Quebec, and was the only Anglophone member on the Rochon Commission (1987), which reshaped Quebec health care. His accolades were many, including the Order of Canada (1995) and 2 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medals (2002, 2012). A proud Francophile, he was dedicated to promoting and protecting health services for Franco-Ontarians. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Hôpital Montfort in Ottawa (1998-2011), Harvey fought to ensure the hospital’s survival by expanding the institution’s academic and research profiles. Harvey was a talented, passionate and righteous man who was known for a wicked dry sense of humour and an incredibly sharp mind, which he retained to the end. His life accomplishments bridged 2 cultures, both professionally and personally.”
Edmonton; University of Liverpool (England), 1966; general practice. Died July 16, 2020, aged 77.
Charlottetown; Al Fateh University (Libya), 1992; ophthalmology. Died July 15, 2020, aged 52. Survived by his family. “As an ophthalmologist, he cared for people in their most vulnerable conditions with the utmost compassion and love. As a member of the community, he was a catalyst for monumental change. He helped build 1 of the first mosques on PEI, allowing the many generations after him to practise their faith proudly.”
Vancouver; University of London (England), 1961; anesthesiology. Died July 15, 2020, aged 84. Survived by his wife Marijke, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1966, John and his young bride immigrated to Canada and worked for 7 adventurous years in rural medicine on BC’s Sunshine Coast. In 1973 he came to Vancouver to practise anesthesia, first at St. Paul’s Hospital and then at the Royal Columbian Hospital. He developed an interest in chronic pain treatment midway through his career, which led him to co-found the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nerve Block Clinic in the Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge hospitals. During his career he was a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, served for 2 years as chair of the BC Anesthesia Society, 3 years as a council member of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, and chief of anesthesia at the Royal Columbian Hospital. John retired from anesthesia in 1997 and continued on with chronic pain treatment until 2002. He was described by his patients and colleagues as a gentleman, dedicated physician and great mentor.”
Calgary; Shiraz University (Iran), 1988; family medicine. Died July 14, 2020, aged 59.
Beamsville, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1956; anesthesiology. Died July 13, 2020, aged 88. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Harry was a valued member of the St. Joseph’s anesthesia department in Hamilton for over 35 years.”
St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1966; radiation oncology. Died July 13, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife Mely, 5 children and 9 grandchildren. “In 1950, at the age of 13, Kim moved to Canada from China, with very few English skills, to join his grandfather at the John Lee Laundry, an old-fashioned hand laundry on Gower Street in St. John’s. He completed all 11 grades in 8 years at Bishop Feild College in St. John’s. Through hard work and dedication, he was able to put himself through medical school at Dalhousie University. He was best known for his passion and commitment as a radiation oncologist in Newfoundland and Labrador for nearly 35 years, where he provided cancer care to thousands of people until his retirement in 2007. Kim was instrumental in the development of the Newfoundland Cancer Clinic (currently known as the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre) and its outreach program throughout the province. He would typically perform several clinics per year across the island in Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Burin and Gander. His involvement in teaching at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) medical school resulted in his appointed as clinical assistant professor of radiotherapy at MUN in 1973 and as a clinical associate professor of radiation oncology in 1983.”
Sherbrooke, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1958; cardiology; Died July 11, 2020, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Marie-Paule Couture, 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “A cardiologist, Dr. Dumais was professor emeritus in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, where he had also served as vice-dean of pre-doctoral medical studies.”
Drumheller, Alta.; University of London (England), 1949; general practice, GP anesthesia; Royal Marines. Died July 10, 2020, aged 95. Survived by his wife Mary, 5 children, 1 stepchild, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Dad was born in Birmingham, England, but always emphasized his Scottish ancestry. He was schooled at Wycliffe in Wales, where he made life-long friends. He studied medicine, his much-loved profession, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England, and served as a Royal Marine in various places before eventually settling into family practice in Woodford Green, UK. In 1966 the family decided to immigrate to Canada, and settled in Drumheller, where Dad practised medicine from 1966 until his retirement in 2013.” In 2003 the Drumheller Mail reported: “Dr. Miller [had a legendary reputation] as [Drumheller’s] Santa Claus. One story he related in 2003, when the David Thompson Health Authority honoured him, concerned a house call he was making to a woman in the community. Her grandchildren came to the door, and Dr. Miller greeted them in his legendary fashion: ‘Hello, Sunshine, Hello, Bright Eyes.’ The astonished child turned around and bleated, ‘That’s what Santa called us at Christmas!’ He hung up his Santa Claus uniform about half dozen years ago.”
Calgary; Queen’s University, 1977; family medicine. Died July 10, 2020, aged 67.
Newmarket, Ont.; University of London (England), 1950; anesthesiology. Died July 7, 2020, aged 94. Survived by 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “He trained in London and Toronto before settling in Newmarket in 1955, where he practised general medicine. After fellowship training he practised anesthesia full time until 1990. His deep commitment to his life’s work in medicine was apparent to those who knew him.”
Calgary; University of Alberta, 1974; general surgery. Died July 3, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Bernice, 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. “Gary devoted over 40 years to his medical career as a general surgeon at the Holy Cross and Rockyview hospitals.”
Edmonton. University of Alberta, 1948; general practice. Died July 3, 2020, aged 95. Survived by 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “John was a physician and surgeon for 20 years (1949-1969), with a practice on 118th Avenue in Edmonton. For 16 years (1969-1985), he was medical director of the Edmonton General Hospital.”
Victoria; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1959; orthopedic surgery. Died July 3, 2020, aged 85. Survived by his wife Carmel, 3 sons and 4 grandchildren. “John and his young family immigrated to Canada in 1970. They first arrived in Merritt, BC, where John worked at the Nicola Valley General Hospital while training to re-certify in orthopedics. They relocated to Vancouver and then to Victoria, where John established a successful practice in orthopedic surgery. During his career, John treated and touched the lives of thousands of residents of Victoria and southern Vancouver Island.”
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.; University of Madrid (Spain), 1955; general surgery. Died July 1, 2020, aged 91. Survived by his wife Lucille, 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Originally from China, Dr. Tchang started his medical studies at Aurora University in Shanghai. He finished his studies in Madrid and finalized his surgical training in Montréal. He worked for more than 30 years as a surgeon at the Lakeshore General Hospital, in Pointe-Claire, Que., and was also a medical director at the Montreal Chinese Hospital.”
Ont.; University of Toronto, 1968; psychiatry. Died June 30, 2020, aged 77. Survived by his wife Julia, 5 children and 3 grandchildren. “Wilson believed strongly in serving his community. He was a thoughtful, kind, patient, gentle, compassionate and dedicated psychiatrist who gave back to the community as a volunteer and doctor for 46 years.”
Edmonton; University of Nairobi (Kenya), 1973; general practice. Died June 27, 2020, aged 71.
Brooks, Alta.; University of Athens (Greece), 1953; internal medicine. Died June 25, 2020, aged 94. Survived by his wife, Iris. “After medical school Dennis served in the Greek Army as a second lieutenant in the medical corps for 3 years. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and completed a 2-year internship at the Reddy Memorial Hospital in Montréal before moving to the US, where he completed 5 years of residency in internal medicine at 4 university-affiliated hospitals. Dennis returned to Canada in 1964 and practised internal medicine in Brooks until his retirement.”
Vancouver; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1970; pediatrics. Died June 23, 2020, aged 73. Survived by his wife Morag, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. “Mike, who specialized in the care of premature babies, immigrated to Canada in 1981. In 1983 he established the Neonatal Follow-Up Program at the BC Children’s Hospital, and in 2002 he was recognized for outstanding services to the children of British Columbia, receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.”
Que.; Université de Montréal, 1980; psychiatry; professor, Université de Montréal; life member, Canadian Psychiatric Association; honorary member, Canadian Medical Association; distinguished fellow, American Psychiatric Association. Died June 23, 2020, aged 66. Survived by his spouse, Suzie Lamontagne, and 2 children. “During his career, Claude served as secretary of the Association of Quebec Psychiatrists (AMPQ), then of the Federation of Medical Specialists of Québec (FMSQ) and, finally, as president of the Assembly of Chiefs in Psychiatry of the Island of Montreal. He was also an examiner for the Collège des médecins du Québec and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada . . . and treated many military personnel at the Operational Stress Disorder Clinic of Canada. He had also served as president of the American Psychiatric Association of Eastern Canada.”
Sherbrooke, Que.; Université Claude-Bernard (France), 1976; neurology. Died June 23, 2020, aged 69. Survived by 3 daughters and their father, Wadih-Pierre Saad.
St. John’s; University of London (England), 1964; obstetrics and gynecology; professor emeritus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Died June 22, 2020, aged 81. Survived by his wife Susan, 7 children and 14 grandchildren. “He leaves a great legacy of bringing thousands of children into the world, as well as creating MaterCare International, which provides safe motherhood for women in developing countries.”
Ottawa; Oxford University (England), 1955; obstetrics and gynecology. Died June 20, 2020, aged 89. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “He emigrated to Canada in 1956, first serving as an intern in St. John’s and then as a resident in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal. He joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1960 as a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, with postings in Iserlohn, West Germany, and Whitehorse. Following a period of teaching and research at the University of Alberta, the family settled in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., where Michael felt privileged to practise medicine for more than 50 years.”
Lethbridge, Alta.; Victoria University of Manchester (England), 1961; general practice. Died June 17, 2020, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Dr. Edna Pratt, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “After working in the UK for 5 years, they immigrated to Rivers, Man., in 1967. They moved to Lethbridge in 1969, where Michael worked at the Campbell Clinic as a GP anesthetist and GP before moving to the Bigelow Fowler Clinic.”
Miramichi, NB; Dalhousie University, 1971; family medicine; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society. Died June 14, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Heather, 4 children and a grandson.
Etobicoke, Ont.; McGill University, 1962; psychiatry. Died of Lewy body dementia June 10, 2020, aged 82. Survived by his wife Paddy, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Stuart had a life-long interest in government and politics, and in 1965 sought the Liberal nomination for the Montréal federal riding of Mount Royal. He eventually withdrew his nomination in favour of a then unknown Pierre Trudeau. In 1967, Stuart left Montréal for Hamilton, where he became a professor of psychiatry at the new McMaster University medical school and helped to design its innovative, problem-based curriculum. Always attracted to public policy and protection of the environment, Stuart ran as a Liberal in the 1975 Ontario provincial election for the riding of Hamilton West. He soon became leader of the Official Opposition, serving alongside Premier William Davis and NDP leader Stephen Lewis. Stuart led the Ontario Liberal Party through 2 elections (1978 and 1981) before retiring from politics. From 1982 to 1987, he served as the chair of the Science Council of Canada and, from 1995 to 2002, as chair of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. Stuart’s contribution in the field of education included serving as chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph-Humber. He also headed the Smith Commission — an inquiry into the state of post-secondary education across the country — in 1991.”
Squamish, BC; University of British Columbia, 1960; general practice. Died June 10, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife Lynn, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “After graduation from medical school, Ernie went into general practice on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. He continued to practise medicine in Vancouver until 1988, when he and Lynn relocated to Whistler, BC, where they ran a busy 1-man practice. In 1999 they moved themselves and the practice to Squamish, BC. Ernie retired from medicine in 2007, but remained an active volunteer in the community.”
Renforth, NB; McGill University, 1950; internal medicine; assistant professor, Dalhousie University; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society; past president, New Brunswick Lung Association. Died June 10, 2020, aged 94. Survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “He set up a full-time rural practice after medical school, but moved to post-graduate training in general internal medicine in 1955. Ed began his internal medicine practice in Saint John, NB, in 1958, with a primary interest in respiratory disease. He was on the attending staff at Saint John General Hospital and was a consultant at the Provincial and St. Joseph’s hospitals. During his career he served as chief of the Division of Respiratory Medicine, director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic and charge physician on the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Team.”
Ottawa; University of Western Ontario, 1963; aviation medicine. Died June 9, 2020, aged 91. Survived by his wife Merle, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “Dr. Blizzard developed a unique career that combined his love of medicine and aviation. After obtaining his wings in the Canadian Armed Forces (meaning he successfully completed training on the Tutor jet), he undertook additional studies at the Royal College of Physicians of London, becoming a specialist in aviation medicine and serving as a senior medical officer with the Canadian Forces for over 16 years. One of his proudest moments was contributing to an international humanitarian mission. He was the first doctor on site for the first airlift of Vietnamese refugees from Uganda to Canada. Upon retiring from the military he worked for the Department of Civil Aviation Medicine, and went on to help develop standards for civil aviation medical examiners. He served terms as president of the International Civil Aviation Medical Association and the Canadian Society of Aerospace Medicine, and was on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development. He was a member and selector of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (membership limited to 250 people worldwide). Dr. Blizzard received the prestigious Harry Jerome award in 2008, honouring his work in the field of health sciences. His work has also been recognized in the land of his birth with the Trinidad Icon Award.”
Sudbury, Ont.; Université Laval, 1958; family medicine. Died June 9, 2020, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Reine-Aimée. “Dr. Lafond spent his entire career as a family physician in Sudbury. Upon retirement, he continued his contribution to the medical system by providing operating room assistance for several years.”
Ottawa; University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1950; general practice. Died June 8, 2019, aged 92. Survived by 2 children, 4 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Comox, BC; University of Colorado (US), 1998; family medicine. Died of brain cancer June 8, 2020, aged 57. Survived by her husband, Andy Brown, and 3 children. “[After medical school] she moved to Pocatello, Idaho, to finish her residency. She was doing all this while breastfeeding the first of her 3 children. The family would spend 8 years in Pocatello before ultimately deciding to move to Comox in 2006.”
Moncton, NB; University of Bogota (Colombia), 1986; radiation oncology. Died June 1, 2020, aged 56.
Corner Brook, NL; Dalhousie University 1961; general practice; past president, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA). Died May 31, 2020, aged 84. Survived by his wife Nancy, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Following a year at the cottage hospital in Port aux Basques, NL, Gerald moved to his home town of Corner Brook, where he worked as a much loved general practitioner for 37 years. While successfully managing his busy practice, he also was on active staff in the Department of Family Practice at Western Memorial Hospital from 1962 to 1999. He also served as the hospital’s chief of staff from 1982 to 1988. Gerald was a very active member of the NLMA from 1961 to 2010, working on many advisory committees and serving as president in 1981-82. He was awarded honorary membership in the Canadian Medical Association in 2016 for his many years of service.”
Sudbury, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1976; child and adolescent psychiatry. Died May 31, 2020, aged 67. Survived by his wife Sadie, 3 children and 9 grandchildren. “Douglas was a strong advocate for mental health during his 37 years of practice as a psychiatrist who worked with children, seniors and the First Nations community of M’Chigeeng. He was well known to many individuals through his work with adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”
Regina; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1969; family medicine. Died May 31, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Erna, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “In 1972 he began working as a family physician in Regina, and he practised medicine locally for 32 years. Following that, he worked for the Ministry of Health for 12 years as a medical consultant.”
Windsor, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1963; family medicine. Died May 28, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife, Mary Jane.
Calgary; University of Calgary, 1977; psychiatry. Died May 28, 2020, aged 67.
Kingston, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1951; physical medicine and rehabilitation; professor emeritus, Queen’s University. Died May 27, 2020, aged 91. Survived by 5 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “He was recruited by Queen’s in 1966 to establish the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He was the founding professor and head of that department, and founding director of the Regional Rehabilitation Centre for Eastern Ontario. During this time, he initiated and established teaching programs at Queen’s in occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Throughout his career he was involved in numerous committees locally, provincially, nationally and internationally, and served as a member of the World Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Rehabilitation, and of the National Research Council of Canada. He was invited as a visiting professor, lecturer and keynote speaker by numerous universities and hospitals across Canada and the United States, and numerous other countries. His publications include 1 book, 19 journal articles, and over 50 briefs and monographs. He was a leader in vocational rehabilitation services and strongly believed in and advocated for giving people with disabilities support in returning to independence and community living. ‘People with disabilities need a hand up, not a handout,’ was his common refrain.”
Edmonton; Harvard University (US), 1979; pediatrics. Died May 27, 2020, aged 66. Survived by her husband, David Laughton, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Debbi came to Edmonton with her Canadian husband in 1987, and was one of the first developmental pediatricians in Canada and the first in Northern Alberta. She devoted her career to alleviating the shortages that exist in medical resources available to support children with developmental and emotional-behavioural differences, and their families. She provided leadership for the creation of innovative clinical programs based in Edmonton, and of new local and countrywide educational programs in developmental pediatrics at all stages of a physician’s career. Considered by her colleagues to be a superb clinician and medical educator, she was recognized in 2019 by the Canadian Paediatric Society with a life membership for ‘outstanding work in the areas of developmental disabilities and child mental health.’ ”
Burnaby, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1956; internal medicine, cardiology; professor emeritus, UBC. Died May 27, 2020, aged 88. Survived by 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. “Dwight was born in Shanghai, and during WW II he spent 2 years in a Japanese concentration camp. His parents sent him to the US, and then to Canada, after the war. He had a fulfilling career as a cardiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver until he retired. He was proud to have led the design and building of the first Intensive Care Unit in Canada, where he was the director for many years. He was equally proud to have been asked to serve as chief of staff at the hospital, and was also honoured to be named a Master of the American College of Cardiology, which is a rare honour and marked one of the few times it has been bestowed on a cardiologist outside the United States. Dwight also did significant volunteer work, including service as president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and he taught medical school students from UBC for most of his career.”
McGill University, 1968; nuclear medicine. Died May 26, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife, Suzanne d’Apollonia, 3 children and 10 grandchildren.
Mississauga, Ont.; University of London (England), 1945; pediatrics. Died May 26, 2020, aged 98.
Moncton, NB; Laval University, 1957; anesthesia. Died May 24, 2020, aged 92. Survived by his wife Ramona, 6 children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. “He lived in Moncton for more than 40 years, and devoted his life to the sick, first as a doctor at the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus RHSJ de Caraquet, NB, where he was a founding member, and subsequently as a specialist in anesthesia-resuscitation in Quebec hospitals and at the Center hospitalier universitaire Dr-Georges-L.-Dumont in Moncton.”
Kamloops, BC; University of Alberta, 1958; family medicine. Died May 23, 2020, aged 91. Survived by his wife Jessie, 4 daughters and 2 grandchildren. “Sterling wanted to go into education, but his father, a dental surgeon, suggested he study medicine, like his sister Shirley had. Between the 2 of them, they practised for 100 years. Public health was a calling for Sterling. He interned in California at the Oakland Medical Center’s Emergency Room, then worked in high-need areas like Williams Lake in BC and rural Alabama in the American Deep South. As a young doctor, he thrived at the Burris Clinic in Kamloops. Wherever he practised, he never said no to a consultation. He did rounds at prisons. He ran a VD clinic. He was the ‘Hockey Doc’ for the Kamloops Blazers. Once he counted the number of babies he had delivered — hundreds, he thought, maybe a thousand. His clinic was everywhere, and travel his only down time. Retirement didn’t suit Sterling. He took on locums and then evaluated workers’ compensation claims. For his immediate family, his peers in medicine and his wide circle of friends, he was always the go-to for any ailment. Even at his retirement home, he was happy to give a second opinion.”
St. Albert, Alta.; Lucknow University (India), 1958; general surgery. Died May 21, 2020, aged 83. Survived by 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “In 1963 Anil completed his medical fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in England and began to practise in the UK. In 1970 he moved to St. Albert and practised there until his retirement in 2012. He was loved and respected by his many colleagues and patients that he was privileged to serve.”
Bruce, Enfield, NS; Dalhousie University, 1981; family medicine. Died May 21, 2020, aged 63. Survived by his wife Lillian and 2 daughters. “Bruce loved being a family doctor. His colleagues and patients at the Elmsdale Medical Centre brought him great joy over his long medical career.”
Ottawa; University of the Punjab (Pakistan), 1956; anatomic pathology; PhD (University of Liverpool, England); Fulbright Scholar. Died May 21, 2020, aged 85. Survived by his wife Hanne, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Dr. Khaliq was a Fulbright Scholar in New York in 1957. He brought his family to Canada in 1974, and was division head of anatomic pathology at the Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick, as well as associate professor of pathology at Dalhousie University. He educated numerous medical students and residents over the years, and was known to be an exceptional teacher. He retired in 1999.”
Ajax, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1965; family medicine; life member, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian College of Family Physicians and Ontario Medical Association. Died May 20, 2020, aged 87. Survived by his wife Joyce, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “Following his intern years, Dr. Craig was a mainstay at Toronto General Hospital for 2 remarkable decades, where he partnered in the leadership of the Department of Family Medicine and delivered thousands of babies. After participating at the St. Clair-Dufferin Medical Centre, Cecil opened his own family practice while on staff at both the Toronto General and North York General hospitals, [where he taught] hundreds of young doctors throughout his career. On any given weekend, Dr. Craig could be found triaging as on-call physician for the many difficult cases that came into the Emergency Department of the North York General Hospital. He held many different teaching positions before retiring from solo practice in Markham, Ont., in 2016.”
Toronto; Dalhousie University, 1954; general surgery. Died May 16, 2020, aged 91. Survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Irv practised general surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto until his retirement in 2006. He was an associate professor at the University of Toronto and was a consultant surgeon at Baycrest. Irv was a well-respected surgeon and had a brilliant medical career. He exhibited qualities of a compassionate healer through his ability to care for his patients, and had a lasting positive impact on their lives.”
Newmarket, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1961; internal medicine. Died May 16, 2020, aged 83. Survived by his wife Joan, 2 children and 7 grandchildren. “Jim was an accomplished and devoted physician who specialized in internal medicine, endocrinology and nuclear medicine. He began his practice in 1967, with the opening of the Centenary Hospital in Scarborough, Ont., and retired in 2014 at age 78, after 47 years of caring for countless patients. Jim served as chief of medicine at the Centenary for 12 years, and was instrumental in the expansion of the hospital, the founding of an isotope lab and the establishment of the Coronary Care Unit. He was recognized as a top endocrinologist in Ontario, highly respected for his astute diagnostic skills and the phenomenal quality of care he provided for patients.”
Hamilton; University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1955; family medicine. Died May 15, 2020, aged 92. Survived by his wife Didy, 7 children, 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “He started his medical studies in Amsterdam in 1947 and was certified as a physician in The Netherlands in 1955. After immigrating to Canada in 1956 he completed the required Canadian residency program in Hamilton, and in 1957 was certified as a general physician and surgeon, with a certification in midwifery. He was passionate about family medicine, and was dedicated to the patients in his family practice near Ryckman’s Corners (Hamilton) for 38 years. After retirement from his family practice in 1996 he continued working part time for over 10 years, doing locums for physicians in the Hamilton area.”
Amos, Que.; Université Laval, 1960; orthopedic surgery; member, Order of Canada. Died May 15, 2020, aged 87. Survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and a great-grandson. Radio-Canada reported: “In 2000 he became a member of the Order of Canada for his ‘remarkable commitment to the development of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region,’ which made him a legendary figure in this corner of the province.”
Mississauga, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1951; general practice. Died May 12, 2020, aged 95. Survived by his partner Joan, 5 daughters, 1 chosen daughter, 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “After graduating from the U of T he opened his general practice on Brown’s Line, where he cared for the Alderwood community for over 40 years. He was always proud to be a founding doctor at the Queensway General Hospital, and after he closed his office he continued working on the surgical team there until he was 86, having practised medicine for 60 years.”
Saint John, NB; Komenskeho University (Czechoslovakia), 1979; anesthesia. Died May 11, 2020, aged 66.
St. John’s; Yonsei University (South Korea), 1956; family medicine. Died May 10, 2020, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Suk-Gue, 5 children and 9 grandchildren. “After his training in South Korea and New York, he and Suk-Gue eventually moved to Old Perlican, Trinity Bay, in 1966 to start his Newfoundland career. In later years he often reflected that ‘it felt like he was going home.’ In 1968 he started to work in the Brookfield Cottage Hospital, New-Wes-Valley, Bonavista Bay, where he stayed for 25-plus years. While there, he established a lasting legacy of compassion, caring, and medical/surgical excellence, all accented with a clinical acumen that was unmatched. He was, by all accounts, an excellent mentor to the medical and nursing students and family practice residents who happened to venture into his orbit. Over the course of his 45-year medical career he achieved many great accomplishments, but a notable one was receiving the 1988 Canadian Family Physician of the Year Award, the first time that this prestigious award had been presented to a Newfoundland doctor. This award best represented his special relationship and commitment to his adopted country, province and outport home, in Brookfield.” VOCM Radio reported: “His commitment and care to the people of the area was so respected and appreciated that the Brookfield Hospital was renamed the Dr. Y.K. Jeon Kittiwake Health Centre in his honour in 2015.”
Upper Kingsclear, NB; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1978; vascular surgery. Died May 9, 2020, aged 73. Survived by his wife, Jane Sheridan. “John was raised in Belfast, where he trained in general surgery and obtained his fellowship in surgery and obstetrics from Edinburgh, graduating in 1971. He immigrated to Kingston, Ont., to further his training in vascular surgery at Queen’s University, where he obtained his Canadian fellowship. After moving to New Brunswick in 1978 he had a full, active and satisfying surgical career, and enjoyed teaching residents as well. He loved his work, his patients and his co-workers.”
London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario (UWO), 1943; internal medicine, rheumatology; dean of medicine, UWO, 1965-78; founding board chair, London Intercommunity Health Centre; professor emeritus, Western University; member, Order of Canada. Died May 9, 2020, aged 99, due to complications following a broken hip. Survived by 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. “Because of World War II, the class of Meds ’44 was accelerated, with graduation in August 1943 (Meds 43B). Following a 9-month internship at the Montreal General Hospital, Doug joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant. After the war, he completed his post-graduate training at the Montreal General Hospital, followed by 2 years of general practice at the Smith Clinic in Hawkesbury, Ont. From 1950-52, Doug did further post-graduate training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and then returned to London to practise. His service as dean from 1965-78 was followed by the position of vice-president, health sciences, until 1984, and then service as vice-provost, health sciences, until 1987. At age 94, Doug decided to enhance his fitness level and joined a local gym. He valued physical fitness, and ran with Terry Fox when he went through London in 1980. Doug continued to participate in the Terry Fox Run for years, even though he was forced to walk in his final few years.”
Ottawa; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1947; general practice; director, Carleton University Health Services, 1979-89; Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), Carleton University. Died May 5, 2020, aged 95. Survived by 5 children and 12 grandchildren. “Upon graduation Mary came to Canada to take up medical residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Queen’s University. Married to Dr. John O’Brien, a wing commander in the Royal Canadian Air Force, she gave up her residency to have 5 children throughout many international military postings. She returned to work as a physician in Ottawa in 1964. She began general practice at Carleton University Health Services in 1969, and served as its director from 1979 until her retirement in 1989. While at the university she was instrumental in establishing the renowned Disabled Students Program, and she played a key role in developing the university’s Employee Assistance Program.”
Vancouver; University of Alberta, 1960; general practice. Died May 5, 2020, aged 84. Survived by his spouse, Joseph Gallentine, and their Westie, Rosco. “He went to medical school at the University of Alberta and did his residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. He began his GP practice of 42 years in North Burnaby, and was always devoted to all of his patients.”
Trois-Rivières, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1989; cardiology. Died May 4, 2020, aged 55.
Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1964; psychiatry. Died May 2, 2020, aged 79, of complications related to Parkinson’s disease and COVID-19. Survived by his wife Karen, 3 children and 1 grandchild. “Jim had a lifelong interest in public and current affairs, and was elected as the member of provincial parliament for the riding of Humber for 3 terms. He served as parliamentary assistant to the ministers of Community and Social Services, Colleges and Universities, and for Ontario’s Anti-Drug Strategy. As a physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he served as director of psychiatry at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and psychiatrist-in-chief at the University of Toronto Student Health Services. Jim developed a special interest in developing countries in the Caribbean, and organized leading trade and medical delegations that visited there. He subsequently became fluent in Spanish, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Havana, where he assisted in the reintroduction of the study and practice of psychoanalysis in Cuba. As a psychiatrist, his specific focuses were on parenting, children and community care, including practising in remote Aboriginal communities.”
Erin, Ont.; University of Saskatchewan, 1980; internal medicine, geriatric medicine. Died of brain cancer May 2, 2020, aged 64. Survived by her husband, W. John Snelgrove, and 2 children. “In spite of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 22 while in her second year at medical school, Christine, as was typical of her, persevered. She completed medical school and went on to specialize in internal medicine and sub-specialize in geriatric medicine. She had a very successful career in geriatric medicine, practising in Winnipeg, Kelowna, BC, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto and, finally, in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the William Osler Health System in Brampton and Etobicoke, Ont. Christine was a respected colleague and role model for many of her co-workers, and a beloved doctor for her elderly patients and their families. She loved and respected them in return. To say she is already deeply missed by family, friends, colleagues and patients is an understatement.”
Ottawa; University of Otago (New Zealand), 1963; anesthesiology. Died May 1, 2020, aged 81. Survived by her ex-husband, William MacNeill, 2 daughters and a grandson. “Helen enjoyed a long career in medicine, including 20 years as a pediatric anesthetist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.”
Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1976; anesthesiology. Died April 30, 2020, aged 75. Survived by his wife Nina, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Following completion of his residency, Dennis obtained a position as clinical assistant professor with the Department of Anesthesia at the University Hospital in Saskatoon from 1981-82, and he enjoyed teaching the medical undergraduate students during their rotation through the department. In 1982 he accepted a position with the Department of Anesthesia at St. Paul’s Hospital, and he enjoyed his work there with a variety of patients and providing their surgical/anesthesia/obstetrical care. He was also involved in establishing the epidural service for labour and delivery in the Department of Obstetrics. In 1989, Dennis suffered a grand mal seizure and required hospitalization. A CT scan revealed a large left parietal tumour. A craniotomy revealed a large brain abscess (the result of an infected dental root canal) that was drained. The following years included seizures and significant neurocognitive impairment, which resulted in his resignation from St. Paul’s.”
Delta, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1958; family medicine. Died April 29, 2020, aged 86. Survived by his spouse Rochelle, 3 children, 2 stepchildren and his grandchildren and step-grandchildren. “Don thrived in his career in family medicine, practising in Kerrisdale, BC, and at the UBC Student Health Service, where he retired as director in 1996. He also served as an auxiliary medical officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force and as president of the Vancouver Medical Association. He was awarded the Dr David M. Bachop Gold Medal for Distinguished Medical Service by Doctors of BC in 2011.”
Laval, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1955; thoracic surgery. Died April 29, 2020, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Lizette Corbeil, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “A vascular and thoracic surgeon, Dr. Pagé worked at the Sacré-Cœur Hospital in Montréal, where he founded the Department of Vascular Surgery. During a career lasting more than 37 years, he served as head of vascular, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and head of the Department of Surgery. He also obtained the rank of full professor in the Department of Surgery at the Université de Montréal.”
Laval, Que.; American University of Beirut (Lebanon), 1964; endocrinology and metabolism. Died April 28, 2020, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Yacout Chammas, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Dr. Kandalaft was a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke from 1971 to 1987, and subsequently practised as an endocrinologist in Laval from 1987 to 2008.”
Picton, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1954; general practice. Died April 28, 2020, aged 88. Survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Clapp. “Sally interned at the Toronto General, but turned down an invitation to do surgery and returned home to Wellington, Ont., to practise from 1955-60. After marrying Bob, Sally moved 12 miles down the road to Picton to practise medicine until 2002. She loved practising and her patients, and in 1991 was recipient of the Ontario Medical Association’s Glenn Sawyer Service Award, which recognizes service to the profession and community.”
St. Albert, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1984; psychiatry. Died April 28, 2020, aged 61. Survived by his wife Anne, 3 stepdaughters and 3 grandchildren. “He was a kind, compassionate and dedicated psychiatrist, and worked for Alberta Health Services in Edmonton and the surrounding area for almost 35 years.”
St. John’s; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1980; pediatrics. Died April 28, 2020, aged 66. “Debbie graduated from high school in 1972 and went to Dalhousie University to study science, with the ambition of getting into medical school. Being an intelligent woman, she ascertained (rightfully so) that, at the time, being accepted to med school as a female might be tricky, so she applied as D.H. Reid instead of Debbie, and it worked — she was accepted at Memorial and, after graduating, went on to pediatric training in London, Ont. When her training was complete it was back to St. John’s, where she spent her entire career in pediatric medicine and pediatric critical care, first at the original Janeway Hospital and then at the new Janeway. And how she loved her work at the hospital, how she loved the kids and their families. She would go to great lengths for ‘her kids,’ taking in movies and treats and books, anything to keep up their spirits. She adored them. Debbie died the way she wanted, privately and on her terms. She gave up chemo when it became apparent that she was sicker with it than without it. And she chose to die at home, in familiar surroundings. The hospital was not for her! She had spent all her adult life in the hospital, usually in the pediatric intensive care unit that she not only established but also ran — like the captain of a ship. And her ‘crew’ was intensely proud of her and loyal to her. [When she retired due to ill health], a plaque was placed at the Janeway. It read, in part: ‘In honour of Dr. Debbie Reid, Founder of Modern Pediatric Critical Care in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.’ ”
Montréal; Queen’s University, 1959; general surgery. Died April 28, 2020, aged 85. Survived by 3 children, his companion, Laida Boyadjian, and 4 grandchildren. “After attending medical school at Queen’s University, Andy went on to save many lives as a general surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital.”
Richmond, BC; University of Calcutta (India), 1955; internal medicine. Died April 27, 2020, aged 88.
Broadlands, Que.; Dalhousie University, 1955; general practice. Died April 27, 2020, aged 90. Survived by his wife Sandra, 2 daughters, their mother, Gladys Swan, and 2 grandchildren. “Matt was well known in the Campbellton, NB, area, where he practised as a doctor for more than 50 years.”
Lachine, Que.; Université de Pierre et Marie Curie (France), 1956; general surgery. Died April 25, 2020, aged 91. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Born in Egypt, he completed his medical studies in France before settling in Canada in 1956. He practised thoracic and vascular surgery at the Verdun Hospital in Quebec for almost 40 years, 10 of which were as head of the Department of Surgery.”