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Canadian Medical Assocation

Belleville, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1950. Died May 16, 2018, aged 92. Survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Although she was 1 of only 4 women in her class and among the first dozen women to graduate from Queen’s in medicine, Evelyn considered herself more of an advocate for change than a pioneer. She loved her work and dedicated 52-plus years to the Department of Psychiatry and the Mental Health Clinic at Belleville General Hospital (BGH). She was blessed with genuine optimism, an incredible sense of humour and an abundance of common sense that she used in every facet of her life. These qualities, combined with her professionalism and sheer tenacity, made her a favourite among her colleagues. In 1996 she became BGH’s first female chief of staff, and she helped steer the hospital through its Quinte Health Care amalgamation process. During her tenure at BGH, she also served as chief of psychiatry. In a field dominated by men, she challenged the norm and rose to the top, commanding respect for her accomplishments and loving every second of the demanding work. She continued to practise medicine well after her eligibility for retirement because of her love and commitment to her profession. In fact, the only obstacle she had difficulty mastering was retirement, having to take 3 tries at it before finally stepping away from medicine at age 82. ‘As long as I am qualified and needed then I want to contribute as much as I can,’ she stated.”