Canadian Medical Association

Kingston, Ont.; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1955; ophthalmology. Died of pneumonia June 4, 2021, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Dr. Marjorie Pinkerton, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “In 1964, having completed surgical fellowships in both England and Canada, Ronnie was recruited to the fledgling Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University in Kingston. When he was appointed head of the department in 1973, he placed particular emphasis on resident training and the management of glaucoma. He recognized the value of collaboration with other departments of ophthalmology, especially in Quebec, Toronto and Vancouver. He travelled with Orbis to Turkey and Cyprus to teach surgical techniques to less-experienced surgeons, and he also attracted residents from the Caribbean to study at Queen’s. Under his leadership (until 1991), the Queen’s residency program became one of the most sought-after in Canada. Upon his retirement as professor emeritus in 1997, Queen’s established the RMH Pinkerton Lecture in Ophthalmology in his honour.”

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