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Belleville, Ont.; University of Manitoba, 1946; pediatrics. Died Oct. 18, 2019, aged 96. Her nephew, Dr. Allan Peterkin, commented: “She practised pediatrics in Belleville for 40 years. She loved the practice of medicine, and saw it as both an art and a science.”
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1956; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 1, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife, Mary Margaret, 8 children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Toronto; University of Pune (India), 1963; pediatrics. Died Sept. 29, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife, Dr. Prahtiba Vaze, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “After medical school in India he trained in pediatrics in Montréal and at the children’s hospital in Halifax, where he obtained his pediatric fellowship from the Royal College. In 1973 he was appointed a full-time faculty member at the new medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and attending staff at the Janeway Hospital in St. John’s. He served eminently for more than 3 decades, providing both teaching and clinical services. He was admired and highly respected by colleagues and staff, and was later placed in charge of the clinical care program for children who had cystic fibrosis. Later, he served as director of the cystic fibrosis chapter in Newfoundland and Labrador. Loved by his patients and their families, he was to them a bright light, a warm smile and a pillar of strength, helping them battle the many challenges they faced.”
Edmonton; Dalhousie University, 1989; psychiatry. Died Sept. 29, 2019, aged 56. Survived by his wife Emily and 2 children. “David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the young age of 19. He went on to complete his bachelor of science degree, earn his medical degree and then became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, all the while dealing with his disease. David had an inner strength and a resiliency that was an example and inspiration to those around him. Even when things were at a very low point he still kept his sense of humour and his concern for others.”
Lethbridge, Alta.; University of Manitoba, 1941; general practice; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; part-time assistant professor, University of Calgary; senior member, Alberta Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association (CMA); honorary life member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. Died Sept. 27, 2019, aged 101. Survived by his wife, Dr. Rhonda Collins, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. [One of his children, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, is a past president of the CMA. — Ed.] “Lorne was the son of a country doctor. He paid his way through medical school by working in an axe gang for a logging company, and for 1 summer as a medical officer for the Department of Indian Affairs, travelling by canoe to Indian settlements in northern Manitoba along with a Mountie in order to make treaty payments and provide basic medical service. [During the war] he performed surgery in field dressing stations and base hospitals for the army. He met Rhonda while they were together in medical school, and they married before Lorne went overseas. After his return they moved to Pincher Creek, Alta., in 1946, where Lorne started a general medical and surgical practice. The practice grew substantially over the years, as Lorne quickly developed a regional reputation as a surgeon. In 1949, the local hospital built a 50-bed addition to deal with the growth. Several doctors joined Lorne’s practice over the years, and Rhonda joined him in practice once their youngest child had entered primary school. Lorne was instrumental in starting a rural country practice rotation for medical students, in conjunction with the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. He practised medicine until age 61, when he and Rhonda both retired. Lorne then joined with a good friend and worked as a realtor for several years.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1957; general practice. Died Sept. 26, 2019, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Annette Beaulieu, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “He was a long-time resident of Tring-Jonction, in Beauce, but had lived in Québec since 2013. He was a proud and worthy representative of a generation of country doctors that is now gone.”
London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1958; diagnostic radiology. Died Sept. 21, 2019, aged 85. Survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “Hugh graduated from medical school in 1958 with, as he would say, ‘a great group of classmates.’ After completing his residency, he joined London X-Ray Associates as a radiologist and practised at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Their group also served the community hospitals of Strathroy, Exeter and Tillsonburg, and Hugh often said that he really enjoyed working with staff and patients at the small-town hospitals in Ontario. Hugh considered himself a lucky man, felt he had lived a good life and appreciated all the care he received.”
Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1980; orthopedic surgery. Died Sept. 19, 2019, aged 65. Survived by his wife, Nicole Savard.
Carleton-sur-Mer, Que.; Université Laval, 1965; internal medicine. Died Sept. 13, 2019, aged 80. Survived by his wife, Hélène Giguère, 4 children and 12 grandchildren. “Jean-Paul died as he wished, surrounded by his wife, his children and grandchildren, in his house by the sea.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1962; public health. Died Sept. 11, 2019, aged 85. Survived by 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “Bill studied chemistry at UBC before graduating in medicine. After obtaining a master’s in public health at the University of Toronto, he forged a distinguished career as a medical health officer in BC, first in Williams Lake and later as director of the Boundary Health Unit in BC’s Lower Mainland. For a period, he simultaneously served the Skeena Health Unit, which covered the area from the Queen Charlotte Islands in the west to halfway to Prince George, and from the Yukon border to south of Kitimat. His career included moments of notoriety, including his decision to order the shutdown of a sawmill on Vancouver Island for polluting a river, closing Wreck Beach due to a lack of sanitary facilities, and prohibiting a bar from serving drinks with a frost-bitten toe in them. That last episode prompted a newspaper to run the headline, ‘Dr. Bill Says Toe Must Go.’ In later years Bill worked as an adviser on clinical trials, including those for the chicken pox vaccine. He was also passionate about affordable housing, and spent many years as a director at the Affordable Housing Societies, based in New Westminster, BC.”
Windsor, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1955; internal medicine, nephrology. Died Sept. 11, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. “After medical school he came back to Windsor. He completed his internship and residency through Wayne State University in Detroit, while working at the Detroit Receiving and Detroit City hospitals. His practice in internal medicine and nephrology opened in Windsor in 1960. Richard started the Chronic Renal Dialysis Program at Grace Hospital in Windsor in December 1964, the first program of its kind in Canada. Having active privileges at all 4 of the city’s hospitals, he also served as chief of medicine and chief of staff at Grace Hospital until 1992. He was a past president of the Essex County Medical Society and a life member of the Ontario Medical Association, which he served as a member and chair of numerous committees. He will be remembered as a dedicated doctor who cared deeply for his patients and his profession.”
Calgary; University of Saskatchewan, 1958; family medicine. Died Sept. 10, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 2 children. “Upon graduation he did a 1-year internship at the University Hospital in Saskatoon, and then pursued further training in medicine and surgery for 2 years at the Colonel Belcher Hospital in Calgary. William then continued his career, first with a family practice at the Chinook Medical Clinic, then specializing as a surgical assist in most Calgary hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital, where he practised until 2013.”
Vancouver; McGill University, 1970; urology. Died Aug. 31, 2019, aged 76.
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1956; internal medicine, gastroenterology. Died Aug. 30, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “After medical school, a 4-year medical residency followed at the University of Toronto and, subsequently, he completed a 2-year National Institutes of Health traineeship in gastroenterology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He returned to Edmonton in 1964, where he was in active clinical practice at the University of Alberta Hospital until 1990. Ron was a maverick in the field of gastroenterology. He and his friend, Dr. Richard Sherbaniuk, co-founded the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta, and an annual lectureship recognizes their joint contributions. At various times Ron was president of medical staff and a member of the board at the University of Alberta Hospital, and a board member of the Alberta Medical Association. After leaving clinical practice he served as vice-president, medical, at the University of Alberta Hospital from 1990 to 1996. He was also chair of the Quality of Care Committee for the Canadian Medical Association from 1990 to 1997.”
Cowansville, Que.; McGill University, 1971; general practice; member, Order of Canada. Died Aug. 26, 2019, aged 74. Survived by his wife Janie, 2 children and 1 grandchild. “As a young McGill graduate, he started at the Brome Missisquoi Perkins Hospital (BMP) in Cowansville in 1972. He not only saw patients but also became involved in running the hospital. He served as chief of medicine at the BMP for 25 years, as well as president of its foundation. Dr. Barakett was passionate about medicine and was a tireless fundraiser for the hospital and the clinic he helped start in Knowlton. He took a special interest in people with addictions, at first mostly alcoholism but of late opioids. He was keenly interested in pain management. He worked at the Butters Foundation, which is for people with intellectual disabilities, and was medical adviser to Dunham House, a treatment centre in West Brome. Dr. Barakett was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2002. The citation said, in part: “William Barakett is known as a family doctor who goes beyond the call of duty. … A former leader in numerous professional organizations, he is a model of dedication and caring for young general practitioners.” A former patient wrote: “I was sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Barakett. He helped me in my journey of recovery 3 years ago. He went above and beyond in helping me. I will forever be grateful for his kindness, his compassion and the hope he gave me.”
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1957; otolaryngology. Died Aug. 25, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Adele, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1956; internal medicine, cardiology. Died Aug. 24, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Marlene, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “He was a well-respected cardiologist in Edmonton for over 50 years, practising at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and heading the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the Glenrose Hospital, where there is an auditorium in his name.”
Rocky View County, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1963; general pathology. Died Aug. 23, 2019, aged 83.
Baltimore, Maryland; Johns Hopkins University (US), 1957; internal medicine. Died Aug. 20, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife Elizabeth, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
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).’ ”
Ormstown, Que.; McGill University, 1974; family medicine. Died Aug. 16, 2019, aged 71. Survived by his wife Nadia, 3 children and a granddaughter. “Greg loved being a rural family doctor and devoted all 44 years of his medical career to practising medicine at the Ormstown Medical Centre and at the Barrie Memorial Hospital, where he formed lasting relationships with his colleagues, nurses, administrative staff and patients. He led his life by example and was loved and respected by those who knew him. His legacy will live on through his family and the work he has done in his community.”
Saanichton, BC; Ludwig Maximilians University (West Germany), 1956; general practice. Died Aug. 13, 2019, aged 100. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “[After medical school in West Germany and further training in Toronto] Dr. Antonio departed for his beloved Jamaica to set up his first practice. In 1965 the family returned to Canada, moving first to Halifax, where Dr. Antonio continued his studies, focusing on pediatrics. Following this the family moved to Sioux-Lookout, Ont., for a year to work for the federal government. However, the cold winter of Northern Ontario was not to his liking, and the family trekked across the country in 1968 to settle in Duncan, on Vancouver Island, where the winters were much warmer. Dr. Antonio joined a thriving group practice and continued to work for the next 22 years, until his retirement in 1990. He taught us that no matter where you start and no matter how far you journey, it is always possible to achieve your dreams.”
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.”
Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1945; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps; obstetrics and gynecology. Died July 27, 2019, aged 96. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Leon had a long, highly satisfying and distinguished career in medicine. When he obtained his medical degree he was awarded the gold medal for the highest standing in obstetrics and gynecology. After graduation, Leon joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of captain. After discharge from the army, he completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and the family move to Rivers, Man., where for more than 3 years Leon practised general medicine. They then returned to Winnipeg, where he established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1954 the family travelled to England for 4 months, where Leon qualified for the prestigious designation as a member Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He practised his specialty for more than 50 years, mostly at the Mall Medical Group, and for many years was head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Misericordia Hospital. He also served as an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. Leon provided free medical care for many years at Winnipeg’s Mount Carmel Clinic, which offered free care to poor families. He said it was an honour and his duty as a physician to do this charity work. He estimated that he delivered 5,000 babies during his career!” A former patient wrote: “My daughter and I were part of the cohort of female patients who begged Dr. Rubin to keep working part time for a while, and we cried in his office when he finally did retire.”
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.”
Parksville, BC; Temple University (US), 1969; hematology. Died July 20, 2019, aged 81. “After completing the nursing program at the Vancouver General Hospital in 1958, Penny went on to the University of British Columbia and received a bachelor of science in nursing in 1959. [Later] Penny attended Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, graduating in 1969 and then completing her internship and residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal. In 1971 she returned to Philadelphia to further her research in hematology and oncology, and in 1978 became assistant professor of pediatrics at the UPenn School of Medicine, all the while treating children living with cancers like leukemia at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. By 1980 she was associate director of the Pediatric Transplant Team, which focused on stem cell transplantation. In 1981, Penny was recruited by McGill University to help build a transplant team at the Montréal Children’s Hospital and teach pediatrics and oncology at the Faculty of Medicine. In 1998 she moved to Vancouver to support her parents, and continued her medical practice at the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. Over the course of her career she published numerous papers dealing with the care of children with cancer. She retired in 2002.”
Victoria; University of Toronto, 1946; orthopedic surgery. Died July 20, 2019, aged 95. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “After medical school, a surgical position at the Mengo Hospital took the family to Kampala, Uganda. In 1959 Donald’s surgical career moved into orthopedics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 1969, a second surgical assignment in Uganda with the Canadian International Development Agency also began a long association with the Leprosy Mission and its work to destigmatize that disease. From 1977 until his retirement in 1989, Donald was medical director of the Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre in Toronto, which served disabled children and their families. Among other innovations, he supported early engineering efforts to build the many kinds of specialized wheelchairs we see today.”
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.”
Hamilton; University of Western Ontario, 1955; dermatology. Died June 21, 2019, aged 91.
Canmore, Alta.; Queen’s University, 1956; family medicine. Died June 21, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Ann, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “After graduating from medical school, Jerry pursued residencies in internal medicine in Kingston, Ont., and family practice in Flint, Michigan. Subsequently, he ran a family practice in Espanola, Ont., for 10 years. Jerry enjoyed his years in Espanola, where he delivered hundreds of babies, yet still found a little time to hunt and fish, and to travel. In 1969, a family practice group lured him to Calgary, where he was the epitome of the traditional family practitioner — running a busy practice, making house calls, practising obstetrics and caring for his patients in hospitals and nursing homes. He also contributed his leadership to the medical community by serving as director of family medicine at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary and as an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Calgary. Toward the end of his 37 years in family medicine, he turned his focus to geriatric care as both he and his patients aged. He also travelled the country working with the Canadian Hospital Accreditation Council.”
Town of Mount Royal, Que.; Cairo University (Egypt), 1959; orthopedic surgery. Died June 20, 2019, aged 86.
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.”
Dartmouth, NS; University of London (England), 1952; general practice; senior member, Medical Society of Nova Scotia (MSNS). Died April 21, 2019, aged 90. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. “Although he was terrible in home or car repair, sports and anything involving accurate trajectory, our father did, however, shine for his patients for 45 years. In 1958, he joined the Dartmouth Medical Centre, became a partner in 1963 and a senior partner in 1984. He also worked as a preceptor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, and was on the courtesy staff of the Victoria General, Grace Maternity and Halifax Infirmary hospitals. After retiring from general practice in 1998, he was awarded honourable staff membership at the Dartmouth General Hospital, where he had been one of the founding doctors. Doctors NS aided his successful challenge to mandatory age retirement so that, at age 75, he could still enjoy hospital privileges by performing surgical assists in the OR. A man of duty and honour always, Dad involved himself in the greater community; although private, thoughtful and introverted by nature, his duty and desire to give back to his adopted country drove his generosity of time and effort. He volunteered for a plethora of organizations and causes too numerous to list. Being awarded senior membership in the MSNS was a very proud achievement for Anthony.”
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.”
Dartmouth, NS; Dalhousie University, 1973; internal medicine; assistant professor of medicine, Dalhousie University. Died April 13, 2019, aged 77. Survived by his wife Judy, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Ben was a well-established and respected physician to the people of Halifax and Dartmouth until he retired in November 2015, and was much-loved by his patients, residents and medical students. He was in charge of the Intensive Care Unit at the old Camp Hill Hospital, and was an assistant professor of medicine at Dalhousie University and a senior internist in Halifax and Dartmouth, where he taught medical students, clinical clerks and residents. Ben had an excellent rapport with the colleagues, nurses and paramedical teams he worked with. He would often take on patients with complex medical conditions, and he would spend considerable time with them to ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes the long delay in the waiting room frustrated his patients, but they would leave content after a caring and thorough visit. Although Ben lived in Halifax for more than 50 years, a part of him never left Nigeria, where he maintained a deep love for his close-knit family back home.”
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.”