Canadian Medical Association

Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1958; obstetrics and gynecology. Died March 21, 2021, aged 86. Survived by his wife Ruth, 3 children, and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “After medical school, Ferd went alone to the interior of the Belgian Congo, and Ruth joined him 2 months later. They spent 7 years in Kajiji, where Ferd established a nursing school and provided medical service to a people who otherwise would not have been able to access care. The family returned to Winnipeg in 1967, where Ferd completed his residency. In 1970 Ferd was contacted by a representative of the president of Zaire, where President Mobutu Seseseko had established a large hospital. Ferd became the medical director for maternity at that hospital. Later, when we returned to Canada, we could brag that our father worked at the hospital that once held the record for most births in one day — over 120. After 4 years in Kinshasa, the family returned to Winnipeg in 1974, and Ferd began to work at the Manitoba Clinic. Ruth remembers him being on call every second night and every second weekend. There was still some time for family meals, but they were often scheduled around deliveries.”

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