Canadian Medical Association

Kelowna, BC; University of Western Ontario, 1965; family medicine, anesthesia. Died of cancer Jan. 21, 2020, aged 85. Survived by 2 children and his partner, Ela Jackel. “In 1955 the family, sponsored by the Mennonite Church, immigrated to Canada from Germany and settled on a farm in Virgil, Ont. To support his family, Hans worked as a newspaper truck driver and then as a tool and die maker with General Motors. During this time he took courses at night to learn English, and his hard work saw him enter medical school. He became a family doctor, and then specialized in anesthesia, and practised in various towns in BC. In 1994, Hans returned to Toronto and began practising psychotherapy. He retired in 2005. As a young immigrant, his career was shaped by his mother’s words that ‘education will save your life.’ His passion for lifelong learning was evidenced when he became a student once more and, at age 82, achieved his dream of attaining a BA.”

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