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Canadian Medical Assocation

Victoria; University of Toronto (U of T), 1953; anesthesiology; professor emeritus, U of T. Died April 14, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife Sallie, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “Arthur joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a teenager and served 4 years overseas during World War II. After the war he completed high school in an accelerated veterans’ program, earned his medical degree and spent the next 10 years as a family doctor in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He moved his family to Toronto in 1964 to specialize in anesthesia and, after earning his FRCPC, he was soon given the challenging job of director of the Toronto General Hospital (TGH) Intensive Care Unit, a post he held for 10 years. He was elected chair of anesthesia (1977-87), which saw him presiding over all anesthesia departments in the 8 Toronto teaching hospitals, which included being a full professor at the U of T and chief of anesthesia at TGH. As the specialty of anesthesia was relatively new and was not recognized as independent until after the war, Arthur resolved to elevate its status and its contributions to patient care. He accomplished this by his own example, by increasing the number of anesthesia residency positions, and by allowing his colleagues more time to teach, to participate in intensive care, to do research and to serve on various hospital and community committees. During his professional life he wore many hats, including serving as co-founder of the Canadian Intensive Care Society and medical director of the TGH Hyperbaric Unit. From 1987 to 1992 he accepted successive short-term posts as vice-president of medical affairs at TGH, chief operating officer at the Toronto Western Hospital and medical director at the University and Veterans hospitals in Vancouver.”