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Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1961; cardiothoracic surgery; founder and former director general, University of Ottawa Heart Institute; retired, Senate of Canada; officer, Order of Canada; recipient, F.N.G. Starr Award, the Canadian Medical Association’s highest honour; laureate, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Died April 7, 2019, aged 83. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Ottawa Heart Institute President Dr. Thierry Mesana commented: “Together with Heart Institute staff, including those who worked alongside him for decades, I pledge that we will live up to his legacy, and his dream to continue growing his beloved institute.” Former Publisher Russ Mills commented in the Ottawa Citizen: “He was one of Ottawa’s greatest citizens. The term ‘world class’ gets bandied around a lot in times when it probably shouldn’t be, but one thing we do have that is really world class is the Ottawa Heart Institute. And this was his vision; without his plans and his effort, it just wouldn’t exist, and I’m sure it saved many, many lives.” When he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2007, the citation stated: “He is regarded by colleagues as an icon and by patients as the essence of the caring spirit in medicine. A visionary, Dr. Keon turned his dream to build a cardiovascular institute into a magnificent reality as the founder of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 1976. The institute has risen to an international standard of excellence.”
Sherbrooke, Que., Université Laval, 1944; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; cardiology; founding dean of medicine, Université de Sherbrooke. Died April 6, 2019, aged 101. “He began his career as a doctor in the Canadian army, which allowed him to be present in London on the day of the victory on May 8, 1945. After being demobilized he chose to continue his European stay with training in internal medicine and cardiology in Paris. After an additional year in Boston, he began his cardiology career in 1948 at Hôtel-Dieu Hospital in Sherbrooke, where he practised until his retirement. He was recognized as a particularly dedicated doctor to his patients, always available and empathetic. From 1961 to 1964 he served as the first dean of medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, which is now a leader in medical education.”
Toronto; Cambridge University (England), 1954; general practice. Died April 4, 2019, aged 89. Survived by 2 children.
North Saanich, BC; Cambridge University (England), 1969; obstetrics and gynecology. Died April 4, 2019, aged 74. Survived by his wife Cynthia, 5 children and 7 grandchildren. “Michael had a unique way of leaving a lasting impression on those he met. His kindness, interest in others and gentle spirit allowed him to connect with so many. He led a diverse personal and professional life, during which he practised medicine throughout Canada and abroad.” A colleague wrote: “He was a fantastic contributor to medical education and medical community in Victoria.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1954; general practice. Died April 3, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Drayton Valley, Alta.; Welsh National School of Medicine (Wales), 1956; general practice. Died April 3, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Valerie and 3 children. “Brian moved to Drayton Valley in 1976, and will fondly be remembered as one of the town doctors for many years.” Colleague Dr. Robert Lampard commented: “When Brian came to Canada and the booming oil town of Drayton Valley as a GP-surgeon in 1976, he brought with him a fellowship in the Royal Geographical Society and an interest that led to the publication of books on the Pembina oil strike and the early settlement of Drayton Valley.”
Calgary; University of Calgary, 2018. Died April 2, 2019, aged 27. Survived by his parents and a sister. “After high school he attended the University of Alberta (U of A), where he obtained his BSc in biological sciences and chemistry with distinction. It was during this time that he discovered that he wanted to become a doctor. He performed biochemistry research throughout all 4 years of his degree, and then completed a year of graduate research in a biochemistry lab at the U of A. He was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship for his research, and also volunteered at the U of A hospital throughout his time at school. He was then accepted into the University of Calgary Cumming School Of Medicine in 2015. He absolutely loved medical school, and it was his true calling and passion. His classmates and his teachers . . . became his second family, and he so genuinely cared for the patients he interacted with during his training.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1963; internal medicine, gastroenterology. Died April 1, 2019, aged 80. Survived by his wife Anita and 2 stepsons. “After medical school Frank completed further training in medicine and pathology at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). He was awarded the prestigious Samuel McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship for 2 consecutive years, the first spent in England at the Royal Free Hospital in London under the tutelage of Dame Dr. Sheila Sherlock in the area of liver disease, and the second at the University of Chicago under the world-renowned Dr. Joseph Kirsner, with whom he studied inflammatory bowel disease. In 1965 his work in the Vancouver General’s morgue was instrumental in convicting Vancouver’s ‘Milkshake Murderer.’ Frank worked at the VGH for over 35 years, including 15 spent as head of gastroenterology. He also co-developed (with Dr. Allardyce) the hospital’s total parenteral nutrition program and the BC home enteral and parenteral feeding programs that are still used today. As an associate professor emeritus at UBC, he truly enjoyed his time teaching medical students, even receiving a Teacher of the Year Award. When Vancouver Coastal Health required mandatory retirement at age 65, he started up his own Liver and Intestinal Research (LAIR) Centre, which became the largest private research centre in Canada under his direction. Frank retired from medicine in 2011.”
Guelph, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1959; general practice. Died April 1, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife Helen, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Toronto born, Don started his medical practice in Deep River, Ont., and later in his career moved to Milton and Burlington, Ont. He brought many children into this world as a general practitioner, and served many years as the victim’s voice in his duties as coroner. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, and the hunt was always better than the find.”
Gatineau, Que.; Université de Sherbrooke, 1983; psychiatry. Died April 1, 2019, aged 59. Survived by her husband, Patricio Ponce, and a son. “She was a dedicated psychiatrist who was deeply concerned about the well-being of her patients.”
Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1954; internal medicine, respirology. Died March 30, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Paul joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight lieutenant, which enabled him to earn his medical degree. He continued with post-graduate studies in internal medicine at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, and he was also awarded the McLaughlin Fellowship to study diseases of the chest at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England. He returned in 1963 and was appointed founding head of the Department of Respirology at the Victoria General Hospital. He was also a full professor at Dalhousie University and, subsequently, chief of medicine at the Halifax Infirmary. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians, and received the Regional Award for Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Paul was also a governor of the American College of Chest Physicians, past president of the Canadian Thoracic Society and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lung Association. Paul had experienced many challenges in his early years. When he was 2 he lost his father in a work accident. At 17, he contracted tuberculosis and spent 3 years convalescing, including 6 months in a sanatorium, and during his military career he was exposed to an atomic bomb. He also descended 3,300 feet down a coal mine as a member of the initial rescue team during the Springhill mine disaster. He drew strength from these challenges, and became the man we all knew him to be.”
Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1953; general pathology. Died March 29, 2019, aged 90. Survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “Entering United College (now the University of Winnipeg) at age 15, he graduated from medical school in 1952 and moved to Vancouver to pursue further studies, eventually doing a residency in pathology. He continued to excel during this period, winning a prestigious Markle Scholarship in 1961, which led to further training at Louisiana State University and work in Central America for many months. As his career developed, he worked with many of the great men and women of pathology and medicine in BC, and his long friendship with the late Dr. Don Rix and his professional relationship with the late Dr. Cam Coady were sources of pride to him. After working for the federal government at Shaughnessy Hospital, the family moved to Kamloops in 1968, where he developed particular interests in medical microbiology and medicolegal pathology. During this time, he did volunteer professional work in Western Samoa and Sierra Leona, and formed fast friendships with others who did the same. In 1981 he moved to Chilliwack, BC, where he spent the last years of his working career with C.J. Coady and Associates. He retired in 1989.”
Moncton, NB; Gdansk Medical Academy (Poland), 1964; anesthesiology. Died March 27, 2019, aged 80. “Dr. Sikora was an anesthesiologist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton, as well as at hospitals in the United States.”
East York, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1955; general practice. Died March 26, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “In 1955, she was 1 of only 3 female graduates of the U of T medical school. While raising a family of 3 children, Diane worked at the U of T Women’s Health Care Clinic and then trained as a psychotherapist at the Toronto Institute of Human Relations. She maintained a private practice until her mid-70s.”
Ottawa; McGill University, 1950; dermatology; past president, Canadian Dermatology Association; past vice-president, American Dermatological Association. Died March 24, 2019, aged 92. Survived by 2 daughters, 6 grandchildren and his cherished friend, Diana. “Dr. Jackson was a singular man. Everything he did he approached as an explorer, a sleuth, a student. His curiosity just had no off switch. He was also a tireless worker. He was the driving force in establishing the post-graduate dermatology program at the University of Ottawa, and was still interviewing medical students interested in specializing in dermatology until his death. Robert reached the pinnacle of his profession, having authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, most notably on skin cancers, and a definitive medical textbook, Morphological Diagnosis of Skin Disease. To include them all, his CV runs to 62 pages. He began his practice in Ottawa in 1958, and served his patients for over 50 years. He was also honoured by the Nunavut government in 2008 for running clinics and training in Iqaluit for over 10 years. He also provided care at the Smiths Falls Home Regional Institute for 22 years, and was a board member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association for 23 years. Throughout his career, he fought tirelessly for resources to train more Canadian dermatologists.”
Buffalo, NY; Université de Montréal, 1952; internal medicine. Died March 22, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 2 children and a granddaughter.
Nanoose Bay, BC; University of British Columbia, 1962; family medicine; honorary member, Canadian Medical Association. Died March 20, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Jill and a daughter and granddaughter. “Charles started in family practice in Victoria, and in 1967 moved to Duncan, BC, where he practised until his retirement in 2000. He continued to practise in walk-in clinics in Victoria before finally leaving family practice in 2003. In the 1960s he was very active with political ambitions within the Social Credit Party, and was a candidate for the BC Legislature in 4 elections. In the ’70s he was president of the Cowichan Valley Medical Society and chief of medical staff at the Cowichan Hospital. He also became active with the BC Medical Association (BCMA), serving on its Patterns of Practice Committee and on the Medical Advisory Committee to the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSPBC). He also served as BCMA representative to the Audit and Inspection Committee of the MSPBC before finally retiring in 2005.” A friend and colleague wrote: “Addie was highly respected by his medical colleagues. He had been a bagpiper since his youth, so perhaps there will be a ‘skirl of the pipes’ where this fine man now rests.”
Victoria; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1963; pediatrics. Died March 19, 2019, aged 79. Survived by his wife Elsie, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1986; internal medicine, hematology; past president, Canadian Bone Marrow Transplant Group and Canadian Hematology Society; co-chair, Hematology Site Group at the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group/Cancer Clinical Trials Group. Died March 19, 2019, aged 58. “He was a general practitioner for two years in Elmsdale, NS, and then pursued further training in internal medicine at Dalhousie University, hematology at McMaster University and a National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Stephen joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in 1997, where he was director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program for many years and hematology service chief/division head. Stephen was recognized nationally as a remarkable leader and his loss will be felt throughout the hematology community in Canada. While he was passionate about clinical trials and the science of hematology, his greatest satisfaction came from the care he delivered to his patients and his role as teacher of medical students and residents, which resulted in numerous teaching awards. Stephen exemplified the dedicated and compassionate physician, and countless students have benefitted from his mentorship. He always felt such great joy in seeing others succeed.” A patient’s wife wrote: “Dr. Couban was an expert in his field, and we feel he was a reason that my husband is alive today.”
Calgary; Dalhousie University, 1973; general practice; former medical officer, Canadian Forces. Died March 17, 2019, aged 76. Survived by his wife Bev, 5 children and 7 grandchildren. “After teaching school in PEI he realized he wanted to do more, and left for Dalhousie University to become a doctor. While in university, he sold Fuller Vacuums at night. Later, he joined the Canadian Forces’ Medical Officer Training Program to help pay his way through school. After leaving the military in the early 1980s he relocated the family to Didsbury, Alta. Hal practised medicine and helped so many people in Didsbury, Red Deer, Edmonton and, ultimately, Calgary, where the family relocated in 2000. He continued to practise and help others until the day he left us. Hal was clearly meant to be a doctor — he was always helping, and putting others before himself.”
Dryden, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1958; family medicine. Died March 16, 2019, aged 88. Survived by 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “John spent many years practising medicine in Dryden before finishing his career as regional coroner for Northwestern Ontario. Although John spent the last 61 years of his life in Dryden, in his heart he was always a Maritimer. His children all learned Newfoundland folk songs each morning as their father shaved.”
Winnipeg; University of Western Ontario, 1941; general surgery; past president, Manitoba Medical Association. Died March 16, 2019, aged 101. Survived by 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “Against the odds in those tough Depression times, Lloyd put himself through medical school. He then married Desta Kathleen Buse, a registered nurse, and they set out for the small, fly-in mining community of Favourable Lake, Ont. For 7 years they worked together and faced many challenges, including a serious forest fire. In 1950 the family moved to Winnipeg. Medicine mattered a great deal to Lloyd, and his accomplishments in the field were many. He developed surgical techniques and equipment, including the first cannulated intravenous needle. He was renowned as a diagnostician and was a tireless campaigner against the tobacco industry for the Canadian Medical Association. He mentored several generations of students, and was deeply moved when some of those doctors and nurses made a point of acknowledging him during his last weeks in hospital. In mid-life Lloyd developed an enduring passion for diet and exercise. He learned to swim and took up running and weight-lifting. His daily regimen became central to his well-being, and he was fortunate to have a wife who obliged his very definite ideas about diet with good humour and great competence. Lloyd always attributed his long good health and ability to maintain a remarkable level of independence to his strictly healthy lifestyle.” A grandchild of a former patient wrote: “In the late 1960s, Dr. Bartlett saw my grandfather for the first time. The family lore was that he told my grandfather to go home, quit smoking, start exercising and lose 30 pounds. ‘I don’t want a patient who is determined to kill himself’ is what we heard when the story was told. My grandfather respected the direct approach, and took the advice. He followed Dr. Bartlett’s prescribed diet for the rest of his life. Dr. Bartlett was a pioneer in being a doctor of wellness.”
Langley, BC; flying officer, Royal Air Force (RAF); Durham University (England), 1956; general practice. Died March 15, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Jane, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “It was during his time in the RAF that he decided to pursue a career in medicine. After receiving his medical degree in 1956, he immigrated to Canada with Jane in 1958. Geof worked as a general practitioner in Surrey, BC, for 36 years, and loved his work with his patients, staff and colleagues.”
Norwood, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1948; family medicine. Died March 15, 2019, aged 95. “Mary gained admittance to medical school with the help of a recommendation from Charles Best of Banting and Best, who discovered insulin in the 1920s. After a year honing her obstetrics skills in London, England, she hung up her shingle in Unity, Sask., for several years. In the early 1950s she returned to Toronto and opened her family practice on the Danforth, retiring in her 70s. She delivered hundreds of babies and spent so much time on each of her patients she always ran late, but no one ever complained. In memory of our Auntie Mary, please do something kind today.” A former patient wrote: “I can still hear her distinct, gentle and reassuring voice. And yes, you were never rushed — she always had time to listen.”
Regina; University College Cork (Ireland), 1967; general practice. Died March 14, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Eilish, 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. “Matt graduated from medical school at age 23. He practised medicine in West Cork, Ireland, and Norquay, Sask., before practising for almost 40 years in Regina.”
Calgary; University of Calgary, 1989; family medicine. Died March 14, 2019, aged 63.
Vancouver; Lingnan University (China), 1951; general practice. Died March 12, 2019, aged 95. Survived by 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “He was a physician and surgeon and had a private practice as a family doctor, first in Hong Kong and later in Vancouver, after immigrating to Canada in 1968. He became a Canadian citizen in 1974 and retired in 1993, at age 70. For many years he maintained 2 offices in Vancouver, one near the University of British Columbia and the other in Chinatown, serving both communities. He continued to make house calls even after they became less common, and he treated many patients from among the less fortunate population around Main and Hastings in Vancouver.”
Kingston, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1968; general practice. Died March 9, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Marlene, 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Québec; Université Laval, 1963; general practice. Died March 6, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife, Johanne Tousignant, 2 children, a stepson and 7 grandchildren. “Everyone will remember a dedicated physician who was passionate about his profession and practised medicine for more than 50 years.”
Boucherville, Que.; Université Laval, 1967; medical administration; MBA; former director, professional affairs, Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, Montréal; former secretary general, Canadian Medical Association (CMA); recipient, CMA Medal of Service. Died March 6, 2019, aged 79. Survived by his second wife, Claudette Savoie, 3 children, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he was awarded the Medal of Service in 2013 for “outstanding and exceptional contribution to the advancement of health care in Canada,” then CMA President Anna Reid commented: “Over his 13 years as secretary general of the CMA, Dr. Landry breathed new life into the organization and transformed it into a proud, influential and truly national voice for Canadian physicians. His exceptional contribution to the advancement of health care in Canada makes him deserving of the CMA Medal of Service.” When he retired from the CMA in 1999 after serving as secretary general for 13 years, CMAJ wrote: “Landry was one of the first Canadian physicians to earn an MBA (1972). When asked why he decided to move to the CMA, he said: ‘I’m a builder and I wanted to build something. I thought I could bring entrepreneurship and innovation to an organization that had not realized its potential. . . . I need to feel that my organization is doing as well serving physicians as I feel physicians are doing serving their own patients. Today the individuals of medicine — the physicians — are doing well. It is the collective, the medical profession itself, which needs more work.’ ”
Calgary; University of Western Ontario, 1975; family medicine. Died March 2, 2019, aged 73. Survived by his wife Nancy, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Russell moved to Calgary in 1978, where he practised medicine and family counselling until 2015, mostly at the University of Calgary.”
Whitby, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1949; general practice. Died March 2, 2019, aged 92.
Kingston, Ont.; University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England), 1948; family medicine. Died March 2, 2019, aged 93. Survived by 3 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Dr. Barnett devoted the greater part of his career to his specialty and passion —hypnotherapy. He practised hypnotherapy for over 50 years and travelled the world speaking and lecturing on the subject. He also coined the term ‘analytical hypnotherapy.’ He practised family medicine in England and immigrated to Canada in 1966, where he continued with a family practice until 1975. He devoted the rest of his career to hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, and retired at age 89. Among his many positions, he served as chairman of the Department of Family Practice at the Kingston General Hospital, and he was also past president of the hospital’s medical staff.” The Kingston Whig-Standard reported: “Dr. Barnett spent 67 years practising medicine, beginning in the UK and ending in Kingston, where he worked as a family physician and hypnotherapist for 49 years. He retired in 2015, 3 months before his 90th birthday, making him Kingston’s oldest, longest-practising doctor.”
Kingston, Ont.; University College Dublin (Ireland), 1954; medical microbiology. Died March 1, 2019, aged 88. Survived by her husband Hans, 5 children and 12 grandchildren. “She immigrated to Canada at a time when there were relatively few female physicians in the region. She raised 6 children while continuing her medical career as a microbiologist, pathologist and teacher at Queen’s University. For a time she also worked, as her father had before her, as a general medical practitioner, with a dedicated office in her house.”
Surrey, BC; Queen’s University, 1968; general surgery. Died March 1, 2019, aged 74. Colleague John O’Brien-Bell, a past president of the Canadian Medical Association, wrote in the British Columbia Medical Journal: “Mid-career he moved to Surrey, where he was quickly recognized as an outstanding surgeon, especially for abdominal pathology. On appointment as chief of the Department of Surgery at Surrey Memorial Hospital, he addressed the management of surgical services in the emergency room and moved to 24-hour surgical care. As surgical chief he found himself on numerous committees, where he was a popular advocate. On executive committees he found himself increasingly involved with Surrey Memorial Hospital’s role in the rapid expansion of Surrey’s community and its multicultural development. Dr. Doris’s dream was that Surrey Memorial would be the link, as a teaching hospital, between the University of British Columbia and the Surrey campus of Simon Fraser University. He had the support of the medical staff but not of the administration, which over subsequent years removed physicians from roles in the hospital’s development.”
North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; general surgery. Died March 1, 2019, aged 91.Survived by his wife Joyce, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Kemptville, Ont.; University of Liverpool (England), 1950; general practice. Died Feb. 28, 2019, aged 91. Survived by his wife Gwyneth, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. “To many in the area, [he was] a family doctor who worked hard to serve his patients and a driving force behind getting and keeping a hospital in Kemptville.”
London, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; pediatric hematology, oncology. Died Feb. 28, 2019, aged 90. Survived by 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “After medical school Barrie fulfilled a long and illustrious career as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. His innovations in cancer, intrauterine Rh factor treatment and hemophilia affected the lives of many, and he was a pioneer in palliative care for children. He combined his medical expertise and moral integrity with universal kindness, and consistently put the needs of others ahead of his own in a medical career that spanned the globe, from Canada to England and Africa.”
London, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Feb. 26, 2019, aged 97. Survived by 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “Before attending medical school Tom served with distinction as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (1941-45). Upon completing his medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology after the war, Tom returned to his hometown of Windsor, Ont., to practise medicine for over 3 decades, retiring as chief of staff of the Metropolitan Hospital.”
Oakville, Ont.; RCAF, WW II; Dalhousie University, 1957; family medicine. Died Feb. 26, 2019, aged 96. Survived by 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “Dad served as a pilot in the war, and afterwards took advantage of veterans’ legislation to return to school and obtain his medical degree. He began and completed his career as a family practitioner in Streetsville, Ont., where he and his partners, Dr. Jack Dodds and Dr. Keith MacDonald, established the Streetsville Medical Centre in 1962. Dad, a keen diagnostician, was the consummate country doctor who regularly made house calls and who delivered over 2,000 babies to the growing Streetsville community. He was also privileged to serve the Carmelite Sisters Nursing Home, where he dedicated over 50 years of compassionate care to its residents and the Carmelite Sisters themselves.”
Peterborough, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1963; former medical officer, Canadian Forces; general practice. Died Feb. 24, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “He went to medical school with the help of an endowment provided by the Canadian Armed Forces, and upon graduation he continued his military career. He saw service in Gimli, Man., Summerside, PEI, completed a 1-year program in public health at the University of Toronto, served as senior medical officer at Trenton, Ont., was posted to San Antonio, Texas, for a course in aerospace medicine, and had 2 postings at the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine in Toronto, where he was appointed director of aerospace medical training. Dr. Macdougall was also selected to represent the surgeon general of the Canadian Forces for a 3-year period as the medical liaison officer, with an office in the Canadian Embassy and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Upon retiring from the military due to advancing age (55 years) Dr. Macdougall continued to work in the field of occupational medicine with a variety of employers that included the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Ontario Hydro.”
Toronto; University of Toronto, 1962; family practice. Died Feb. 24, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Rosalee, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “Seymour graduated from medical school in 1962 and retired in 2016. He devoted his career to family and geriatric practice. He was committed to providing the highest quality of care to his patients in consultation with the most renowned health care specialists in Toronto.”
Picton, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1954; general surgery. Died Feb. 23, 2019, aged 89. Survived by his wife Joan, 6 children and 6 grandchildren. “Returning to Canada after post-graduate training in England, Earle established a general surgery practice in Picton and spent his entire satisfying career at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital, where he also passed away peacefully.”
Kamloops, BC; University of Toronto, 1968; internal medicine, respirology. Died Feb. 23, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Robin, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. “Dennis moved to Kamloops in 1975 and spent 35 years practising cardiopulmonary and critical care medicine. He was also instrumental in establishing the School of Respiratory Therapy at Thompson Rivers University. Dennis gave his heart and soul to treating his fellow Kamloops residents, and his dedication to his job cost him his health when he contracted hepatitis C. With the extraordinary gift of life though organ donation, he was able to live another 12 years. Dennis was highly respected for his medical knowledge and professionalism, had a great sense of humour and was always good for a soundbite when the local media needed an opinion. His efforts touched the lives of many, and made this small part of the world a better place.”
Ottawa; Queen’s University, 1951; general surgery. Died Feb. 23, 2019, aged 91. Survived by his wife, Charlotte Anne, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Surrey, BC; University of British Columbia, 1972; family medicine. Died Feb. 21, 2019, aged 82.
Chicoutimi, Que.; Université Laval, 1959; psychiatry. Died Feb. 21, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Jacqueline B. Plourde, 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
St. John’s; University of Liverpool (England), 1957; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 21, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife Mavis, 5 sons and 4 grandchildren. “He served as radiologist at the former Grace Hospital in St. John’s and at the Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital in Labrador City.”
Victoria; University of London (England), 1965; general practice. Died Feb. 20, 2019, aged 83.
Corner Brook, Nfld.; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1965; general practice, anesthesiology. Died Feb. 18, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife Daphne, 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Before retiring in 2009, Dr. Dureke spent many years as an anesthesiologist at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital. Previously, he was a wing commander and commanding officer of a Nigerian Air Force base hospital.”
Peterborough, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1972; family medicine. Died Feb. 15, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Barb, 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “After 2 years in Kapuskasing, Ont., Roger continued his medical career in Peterborough. For over 4 decades he was a caring and dedicated family physician in the city, in a profession he loved. Always up for new experiences and challenges, he served as chief of family medicine and as interim director of mental health services at the Peterborough hospital.”
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.; Alexandria University (Egypt), 1957; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Feb. 15, 2019, aged 86. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren, the mother of his children, Claude Mabardi, his wife, Sylvana Naggiar, and her 2 children.
London, Ont.; University of Pierre and Marie Curie (France), 1959; cardiothoracic surgery. Died Feb. 14, 2019, aged 87. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Dr. Guiraudon became a professor of medicine in Paris in 1965 and performed the first heart transplant in Europe in 1968. He moved to the University of Western Ontario and University Hospital in 1981, where he continued to pioneer surgical procedures and engaged in ground-breaking research in cardiac electrophysiology. To the end, he collaborated as an associate at the Robarts Research Institute and with scientists around the world, notably in the Netherlands, France and the US. He cherished imagination and invention in his field to better the lives of patients.”
Medicine Hat, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1990; family medicine. Died Feb. 13, 2019, aged 65. Survived by his wife Maggie, 5 children and 6 grandchildren. “In 1984, at age 31 and with 2 children, Sid decided to return to school to become a physician. He attended the Medicine Hat College and then medical school at the University of Alberta before completing a family medicine residency in Edmonton. Sid moved back to Medicine Hat in 1992 and built a built a huge and fulfilling family practice that defined his life over the next 26 years. He delivered hundreds of babies, and was a true family doctor.”
Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1969; general practice. Died Feb. 12, 2019, aged 89.
Red Deer, Alta.; University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), 1967; pediatrics. Died Feb. 11, 2019, aged 74.
North York, Ont.; University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1949; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Feb. 11, 2019, aged 92.
Salt Spring Island, BC; University of London (England), 1957; Royal Navy; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 11, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Lynne, 4 children and 12 grandchildren. “Frank and Lynne immigrated to Canada in 1966 so Frank could work as a GP in rural Ontario. In 1970 the family moved to BC, where he trained in radiology and settled in the Fraser Valley.”
Ottawa; University of Haiti (Haiti), 1956; neurosurgery. Died Feb. 10, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Margaret Kandiah Dennery, 6 children and 9 grandchildren.
West Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1963; general practice. Died Feb. 8, 2019, aged 82. Survived by his wife Sandy, a son and 2 grandchildren. “Gary’s passions for medicine, problem solving and helping others were fulfilled through his career as a general practitioner in North Vancouver. He prided himself in the care he could provide helping multiple generations of patients from the same family. He delivered babies, completed general surgical procedures and, every weekday except Thursdays, made house calls on his way home. Thursday afternoons were reserved for golf.”
Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1966; family medicine. Died Feb. 7, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife Christiane, 7 children, 11 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “A beloved family physician who was always true to his Trinidadian roots, he founded the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund in 1996 and worked tirelessly to promote higher education for disadvantaged Black youth within Ottawa. He received multiple awards in recognition of his community activism.”
Calgary; National Defence Medical School (Taiwan), 1960; family medicine. Died Feb. 5, 2019, aged 88. Survived by his wife Grace, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Wing-Kin was a much-respected and beloved family physician for 32 years at the Shellbrook Community Hospital in Saskatchewan, followed by 8 years at the Saskatoon Minor Emergency Clinic. He retired from practice in 2007, when he moved to Calgary. The town of Shellbrook and its surrounding communities are remembered with great fondness for their welcoming embrace of a new immigrant physician and his family 52 years ago.”
Edinburgh, Scotland; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1958; psychiatry. Died Feb. 5, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife Judith, 2 children and a grandchild.
Edmonton; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1971; general practice. Died Feb. 3, 2019, aged 76. Survived by his wife Curdell, 6 children and a grandson.
Mississauga, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1956; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 3, 2019, aged 86. Survived by his wife Janis, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “After graduating from medical school, Doug had a fulfilling career, first as a general practitioner and then for 42 years as a radiologist at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, where he enjoyed the opportunity to work with radiologists visiting from other countries. Early in his career he took his young family on a 2-year assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he helped establish the radiology department at the University of Malaya. Doug was also a committed nuclear weapons abolitionist with deep roots in Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian affiliate of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and he was an active member of other disarmament-focused peace organizations.”
Calgary; University of Alberta, 1957; general practice. Died Feb. 1, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife Jeannine, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Gordon was a dedicated physician and worked in his family practice for 35 years. He was the district chief of staff and chief of staff of the Glenmore Park Auxiliary Hospital from 1965 to 1970, and served as president of the Rockyview Hospital medical staff in 1974. Gordon was committed to the well-being of his patients, friends and family, and worked tirelessly in the service of others.”
Courtenay, BC; University of Alberta, 1955; general practice. Died Feb. 1, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Mary Louise, 4 children and his grandchildren. “On returning to Canada after training in England, Don joined a family practice in Kimberley, BC, initially intending to stay for a short time. However, he became rooted there for 18 years due to the marvellous friends, community and outdoor life. In 1971, Don arranged for a unique and memorable 1-year exchange to Australia. In 1978 the family moved to North Vancouver, where Don brought the skills, values and compassion of a small-community GP to urban practice.”
Brockville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1966; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 1, 2019, aged 76.
Orillia, Ont.; Cambridge University (England), 1956; urology. Died Jan. 29, 2019, aged 87. Survived by his wife Cathy, a son, 2 stepchildren and 2 grandsons. “In 1966 the family came to London, Ont., where David attained his fellowship in urology. In 1974, with urging from friends in Orillia, David opened that city’s first urology service. Retiring after 25 years of practice, David did urology locums in New Zealand and Australia. While on the way home from the southern hemisphere, David and Cathy were introduced to Dr. Cynthia Maung, an ethnic Karen who fled the brutal uprising in Burma in 1988 and then practised at the Mae Tao Clinic on the Thai/Burma Border. This encounter led to a new career and a charitable pursuit, Project Umbrella Burma, which saw David teach surgery at the clinic for 6 months each year for 10 years. He and Cathy, with Saw Kshakalu, founded and continue to support the Kaw Tha Blay College for ethnic Karen students from Burma/Myanmar.”
Windsor, Ont.; St. Joseph University (Lebanon), 1947; general practice. Died Jan. 29, 2019, aged 97. Survived by his wife Irene, 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “One of the first doctors of Middle Eastern descent to practise medicine in southwestern Ontario, ‘Dr. Mike’ practised in Windsor for more than half a century, continuing past his 90th birthday. He enjoyed a special affinity with many of the city’s immigrant communities, which was made possible by his fluency in 5 languages. He loved his work. He was honoured with a medal for years of public service in the year of the Queen’s Jubilee, and was called ‘The People’s Doctor.’ With his wife of 69 years, Irene, and their long-time caregiver, the late Emilia (Bea) Rossi, he raised a pharmacist, an occupational therapist and 3 doctors. Mike is remembered widely for his unflagging work ethic, empathy, humour and worldliness.”
Oshawa, Ont.; Baghdad University (Iraq), 1992; orthopedic surgery; former chief of surgery, Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH), Lindsay, Ont. Died Jan. 23, 2019, following a traffic accident, aged 49. Dr. Bharat Chawla, chief of staff at RMH, said staff were “devastated” by his death. “Dr. Al-Beer was an exceptional orthopedic surgeon, but more than that, he was a good, kind person and a friend to so many at the Ross.” A former patient wrote: “I am shocked and saddened to hear of his tragic death. He was a very nice man and a very compassionate doctor.”
Surrey, BC; University of Saskatchewan, 1959; general practice. Died Jan. 22, 2019, aged 83. Survived by his wife Joanie, 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Westlock, Alta.; University of Birmingham (England), 1963; general practice. Died Jan. 21, 2019, aged 79. Survived by 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1961; diagnostic radiology. Died Jan. 19, 2019, aged 84. Survived by 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. “After medical school Spencer worked for several years as a general practitioner. He then went to McGill to do a residency in radiology, and in 1970 started work as a pediatric radiologist at the Janeway Child Health Centre, where he stayed until his retirement at the age of 72. Spencer was passionate about his work and loved his colleagues. He also enjoyed teaching and spent much of his career with a student sitting next to him. He was honoured when a radiology teaching award was named after him.”
Calgary; University of Calcutta (India), 1948; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Jan. 16, 2019, aged 94. Survived by his wife Karin, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “He lived his 94 years to the fullest. At the time of his retirement in 2011 he was one of the longest-serving OB/GYNs in Calgary, having helped thousands of women with thoughtful and compassionate care, and having delivered hundreds of babies.”
Québec; Université Laval, 1962; endocrinology. Died Jan. 16, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife, Nicole Cantin, 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Dr. Jean-Patrice Baillargeon, president of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM), commented: “This eminent researcher and endocrinologist was Canada’s most-cited scientist, with more than 1,340 publications and 50,000-plus citations. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Order of Canada and the National Order of Quebec, and as an esteemed member of CSEM, Dr. Labrie was recognized with the Dr. Fernand Labrie Fellowship Research Grant. He also founded one of the largest endocrinology research groups in the world at Université de Laval. His significant contributions to clinical medicine include the first treatment to prolong life for patients with prostate cancer. Additionally, his research on androgens and estrogens in women after menopause has contributed to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.”
Spruce Grove, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1964; orthopedic surgery. Died Jan. 15, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Lucille, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “After completing his specialty training in 1970, Bob practised in Edmonton and Yellowknife for the following 47 years. He retired in January 2017.” A colleague wrote: “I was sad to see him retire from Grey Nuns, and it saddens me that he has retired from life. He taught me a lot about orthopedics and made me better at my job.”
Avoca, Que.; McGill University, 1943; internal medicine. Died Jan. 14, 2019, aged 100.
Agassiz, BC; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1949; psychiatry. Died Jan. 10, 2019, aged 92. Survived by his wife Margaret, 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. “After graduating he served in the Royal Air Force and did general practice in England before immigrating to Canada in 1956. For 6 years he practised in Didsbury, Alta., and then moved to Winnipeg to train in psychiatry. Bob enjoyed lecturing and research at the University of Manitoba and worked at the Selkirk Mental Hospital before taking up a position as Manitoba’s director of forensic psychiatry. In 1987 Bob and Margaret left ‘Winterpeg’ for Beautiful BC, where he served a term as director of psychiatric services at the Chilliwack General Hospital. He retired in 1995 after 45 years of medical practice.”
Vancouver; University of Western Ontario, 1983; family medicine, psychiatry. Died Jan. 10, 2019, aged 68. Survived by her husband John, a daughter and her grandchildren. “Dr. Donnelly was widely recognized as a Canadian pioneer in the field of geriatric psychiatry, and her devotion to senior patient advocacy helped to shape national education and policy.” The University of British Columbia (UBC) observed: “Dr. Donnelly joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Practice in 1987, and became a member of the Quarter Century Club in 2013. She received the Killam Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010 for her significant contributions to education within the faculty. Dr. Donnelly led the expansion of the geriatric curriculum at UBC as head and director of various divisions from 1987 to 2016, and was a tireless advocate of senior patients and their rights.”
Guelph, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1954; internal medicine. Died Jan. 10, 2019, aged 92. Survived by his wife Madeleine, 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Montréal; Medical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), 1958; general practice. Died Jan. 9, 2019, aged 84.
St. Thomas, Ont.; University of Manitoba, 1948; general practice. Died Jan. 5, 2019, aged 94. Survived by his wife Ellen and his children and grandchildren. “Don practised medicine in Aylmer, Ont., from 1952-96, and was proud that he could golf his age at 88. He passed away peacefully at a hospital where he had enjoyed practising, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital.”
Stoney Creek, Ont.; Madras Medical College (India), 1979; anesthesiology. Died Jan. 5, 2019, aged 61. Survived by his wife Beenu and 2 children.
Windsor, Ont.; McGill University, 1945; anesthesiology. Died Jan. 4, 2019, aged 96. Survived by 4 children, 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Bill was a trusted and intensely loved anesthetist in Windsor and Essex County for over 45 years. He was often called out in all hours of the night by family and friends for medical advice, and was a trusted friend and companion to many. His love of medicine never left his heart.”
Scarborough, Ont.; University of Hong Kong, 1960; psychiatry. Died Jan. 3, 2019, aged 84. Survived by his wife Christine, 1 child and 3 grandchildren. “Man Pang practised psychiatry in various locations in Hong Kong, British Columbia and Ontario. He was among the first to employ computers in the field of addiction research, and held many positions, including acting head of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and associate professor at Western University. He took great pride in serving and treating his patients with skill and compassion for nearly 5 decades, and published a plethora of academic papers, book chapters and articles.”
Winnipeg; Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 1970; general practice. Died Jan. 2, 2019, aged 75. Survived by his wife Catherine, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Harold was born in Nigeria and studied law in England, but his true calling later led him to Ireland, where he would pursue a medical degree. He would practise medicine for 46 years, with a career that would eventually lead him and his young family to various rural communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, before settling with his family in Winnipeg and finishing his career with the team at the Riverwood Medical Centre.”
Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1965; University of Toronto (ophthalmology), 1968-72; former staff and head, Surgical Day Care, Eye Care Centre, Vancouver General Hospital (VGH); clinical associate professor, UBC. Died Jan. 2, 2019, aged 78. Survived by a daughter and 2 grandchildren. “Mac was with the UBC/VGH Department of Ophthalmology from 1972 to 2005. He was a strong and principled individual with a mischievous nature and a wicked sense of humor. His greatest passion was his family, with whom he spent countless Sunday dinners cooking for, conversing, and debating. He died peacefully at home.”
Quispamsis, NB; University of Ain Shams (Egypt), 1960; radiology. Died Jan. 1, 2019, aged 85. Survived by his wife Nadia, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Samuel was born in Egypt and was a family physician and then an internal medicine specialist while living there. After moving to Canada in 1969, he attended McGill University and completed his residency in radiology. In 1975 he moved to Newfoundland, where he practised radiology in Stephenville and then in Carbonear, before retiring at a youthful 75 years of age.”