Canadian Medical Association

London, Ont.; Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), WW II; University of Western Ontario, 1952; family medicine, aviation medicine, occupational medicine, industrial medicine; RCAF (Reserve). Died Feb. 28, 2021, aged 99. Survived by his wife Roz, 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “He served for over 4 years as a pilot with 400 Squadron during WW II, flying many different aircraft, most notably the Supermarine PR Spitfire Mk XI to conduct high-altitude (up to 41 000 feet) reconnaissance missions. A gifted navigator and aviation teacher, he instructed on advanced courses to train new cohorts of aviators for the war effort. After the war he earned his medical degree and was elected the permanent class president of Meds ’52 at Western. He continued to fly during medical school, including working as an executive pilot. His education led to a fulfilling career in medicine, starting in 1953. As a physician, he was a certified member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and he was a member of the Ontario Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association. He was also a life member of the London and District Academy of Medicine. He practised medicine for over 55 years, specializing in occupational and industrial medicine, and aerospace medicine. His practice led him to assessing thousands of people over the years for their private, commercial and airline transport licences. Along with his practice in family medicine and his specialties, he was a medical officer for Air Canada and the Canadian National Railway for over 35 years. He also worked as medical director for Northern Telecom and as a medical officer (MO) for Air Ontario. At the start of his medical practice, Charles continued to serve as a pilot in the RCAF (Reserve) in 420 Squadron. During this time, he was on the aerobatic team. He also piloted many military aircraft, including Mustangs, Harvards and T-33 jets. He later transferred to the air force as an MO, and qualified as a flight surgeon, serving as wing MO for 420 Fighter Squadron and 4220 Radar Squadron. In 1957 he was promoted to wing commander and, with over 10 years in uniform, retired from service. He continued to pursue his passion for aviation after his retirement from the RCAF and throughout his medical career, even continuing to fly in his 90s. He held a Ministry of Transport airline transport licence, and logged more than 8000 hours on 35 different aircraft.”

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