Canadian Medical Association

Kars, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1952; family medicine. Died Nov. 17, 2017, aged 96. Survived by 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “O.B. completed high school before enlisting in the RCAF in 1942. The ensuing years of radar technician training and overseas posting to Ceylon were formative ones, and their impact would remain with him for the rest of his life. On return to Canada he pursued his dream of studying medicine, after which a general practice-oriented internship program took him back to Ottawa. After recognizing a need for medical services in nearby Manotick, Ont., he set up a home and office there in 1955. O.B. recognized early on the importance of being available for his patients, and all subsequent practice and lifestyle decisions were based on this belief. He held extended office hours, delivered babies, made house calls and attended to his hospital inpatients. He followed changes in medicine with regular use of continuing education conferences, audiotapes and journal reading. Although he wasn't known for a soft bedside manner, his diligence and integrity earned him a faithful following. Always one to plan for the future, he realized that in order to serve the needs of his growing patient population he would have to expand out of the basement of the family home. His dream to provide local lab and X-ray facilities and multiple family doctors under one roof was realized with the establishment of the Manotick Medical Centre in 1972.”

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