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December, 2017

Archibald, Gerald (Jerry), Mississauga, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1955. Died Nov. 6, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Gale and 2 children. “Having been the first medical student at Dalhousie to receive essential financial assistance, Dr. Archibald felt strongly about not only ‘giving back’ but also promoting the humanities in medicine. After much planning and research, and with the invaluable assistance of Dr. Jock Murray, then dean of medicine at Dalhousie, the couple endowed the Dr. Gerald and Gale Archibald Gold-Headed Cane Award for excellence in the field of medical humanities. After raising and supporting his family and caring for the many grateful patients in a busy medical practice, it is the Gold-Headed Cane Award and the many extraordinary programs that it has funded of which Jerry was most proud. It will continue to be Jerry and Gale’s legacy for many years to come.”

Arseneau, Michel E., Campbell River, BC; University of Ottawa, 1970; plastic surgery. Died Oct. 22, 2017, aged 73.

Bhatia, Inder N., Porters Lake, NS; Lucknow University (India), 1949. Died Nov. 6, 2017, aged 94. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “In India, he was a physician to Prime Minister Nehru as well as to the husband of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. After working in England and Uganda, he arrived in Nova Scotia in 1974 and became a well-respected family doctor in Porters Lake and Lake Echo. He retired at age 73, and continued to bring about greater awareness of health issues among the senior community. He also served as president of Indo-Canadian Association.”

Binding, David G., Abbotsford, BC; Welsh National School of Medicine (Wales), 1962. Died Oct. 28, 2017, aged 79. Survived by his wife Miriam, 3 children, the children’s mother, Nan Binding, 2 stepchildren and 9 grandchildren. “Dr. Binding served the Abbotsford community for over 20 years. He is also survived by his beautiful 1992 Toyota Camry, resplendent in glorious British racing green (metallic).”

Blitz, Alfred, Lloydminster, Sask.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1957. Died Oct. 21, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Brigitte and 2 children. “Alfred graduated first as a radiology technician and then as a doctor, and worked at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He moved to Lloydminster in 1966, where he built a thriving practice and lived the rest of his days. His family remembers him as a loving and hard-working father and husband who was happiest helping families birth their children, puttering around the house and relaxing reading Star Trek books.” A former patient wrote: “He seemed to love visiting the hospital nursery to see the newborns [he had delivered]. A lovely man and a great doctor.”

Boyd, George E., Sydney Forks, NS; Dalhousie University, 1964; otolaryngology. Died Nov. 3, 2017, aged 78. Survived by his wife Norma, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “After practising family medicine in Neil’s Harbour and on the Northside [of Cape Breton Island], he completed his surgical specialty in otolaryngology at McGill University. Dr. Boyd continued to serve Cape Breton within this specialty for over 30 years.” A parent wrote: “My daughter was his patient for many years. I remember well an appointment she had when she was about 4 and presented Dr. Boyd with a picture she had drawn of him. He chuckled and said, ‘Do you see what she has done? She has kindly given me a full head of hair!’ That picture hung in his office for several years.”

Burwell, William B., Renfrew, Ont.; McGill University, 1953. Died Nov. 1, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Bonnie, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 5 stepchildren and 5 step-grandchildren. “Dr. Bill was a caring, benevolent and much-loved doctor who served as chief of staff at the Renfrew Victoria Hospital and cared for patients there for over 50 years. He continued to practise medicine from his home for a few special patients until 2014. Bill was also part of the medical staff at Bonnechere Manor for 38 years, and in 2009 he was named honorary chairman of the Manor’s Auditorium Fundraising Campaign.” A former patient wrote: “I will forever thank him for talking a young woman of 19 through the labour and delivery of her first child. There were no prenatal classes back then, and that young lady was me.”

Champagne, Fortunat A. (Doc), St. Claude, Man.; University of Manitoba, 1952. Died Sept. 6, 2017, aged 92. Survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “A proud member of the Canadian Forces during WW II, Doc was a dedicated country doctor who served his community and surrounding area for more than 40 years. Doc was a kind and generous man who refused to judge others and sought conciliation in all matters. His wisdom and experience has provided mentorship to many, and he has touched many lives in one way or another. In his declining years his health forced him on occasion to be the patient rather than the doctor. We are forever grateful for the love and support he has received from the entire community of St. Claude, whose residents watched over him like guardian angels, allowing him to live in the home he built and cherished until the very end.”

Cochrane, William A., Calgary; University of Toronto, 1949; pediatrics; officer, Order of Canada; member, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Died Oct. 6, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Phyllis, 4 children and 11 grandchildren. “Bill’s innate ambition, intellect and courage led him to a most extraordinary career that spanned over 70 years. From 1958 to 1967, he was professor and head of pediatrics at Dalhousie University and physician-in-chief at the Halifax Children’s Hospital. He was instrumental in raising the funds and managing the construction of the Isaak Walter Killam Hospital for Children in Halifax. From 1967 to 1973, Bill served as the first dean of medicine at the University of Calgary. From 1973 to 1974 he was Alberta’s deputy minister of health, and then served as president of the University of Calgary from 1974 to 1978. Never being one to turn down an opportunity, Bill then took on the role of chair, president and CEO of Connaught Laboratories Ltd. in Toronto. After moving back to Calgary in 1989, Bill continued to be involved in the field of biotechnical research for many more years.” A colleague wrote: “Bill was a man who was easy to admire, a man of great substance and capabilities, and a man who contributed greatly to Canada and Alberta. Calgary has lost one of its best.”

Cohen, Gerald S., North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; family medicine. Died Nov. 16, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife, Dr. May Cohen, 2 children and 7 grandchildren. “Gerry was an outstanding and highly respected family physician who, after 20 years in practice in Toronto, changed direction to join the faculty of McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine, where he excelled in education, administration and patient care. He was also an excellent musician, and paid his way through medical school by playing clarinet and saxophone.”

Currie, William R., Summerland, BC; University of Manitoba, 1973; general, forensic pathology. Died of cardiac arrest Nov. 1, 2017, aged 69. Survived by his wife Pat, 6 children and 3 grandchildren. “Bill, who was a respected forensic pathologist in the South Okanagan since 1981, received his medical training in Brandon, Man., Winnipeg, Calgary, Newcastle, England, and Miami.” A co-worker wrote: “Some people touch our lives for a short time only, but they occupy a lasting place in the heart and memory. Dr. Currie is one of those.”

Fekete, Janos F., Mississauga, Ont.; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1951; general pathology. Died Nov. 7, 2017, aged 90.

Ferguson, John M., Pointe-Claire, Que.; McGill University, 1953; general surgery. Died Nov. 6, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Flora, 6 children and 13 grandchildren. “He practised general surgery for nearly 40 years, with 30 of those years spent at the Lakeshore General Hospital. He retired in 1996.”

Fernandez, Peter G., St. Catharines, Ont.; University of Sheffield (England), 1963; internal medicine. Died Oct. 25, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Dr. Dzintra Fernandez, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “The Fernandez family moved to St. John’s in 1974, when Peter and Dzintra joined in the efforts of the newly formed medical school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. There, his work focused on the clinical and physiologic aspects of hypertension and the teaching of physicians. In 1990 he moved to St. Catharines, where he and his close friend and colleague, Dr. Peter Bolli, maintained a clinical practice in internal medicine. He saw patients and had many friends and colleagues at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Catharines General Hospital and Shaver Rehabilitation Centre. He had a lifelong passion for learning and clinical teaching, and taught many medical students from Memorial University and McMaster University over his 40 years spent practising medicine.”

Gatien, John G., Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1969; pediatrics. Died Oct. 8, 2017, aged 75. Survived by his wife Karen, 3 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. “After 5 years of residency training in Halifax, Montréal and Boston, John returned to Halifax to practise in pediatric allergy and immunology. He also participated in travelling clinics from Yarmouth, NS, to Sydney, NS, for over 30 years.”

Gélinas, Marcien J., Trois-Rivières, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1966; diagnostic radiology. Died Sept. 12, 2017, aged 76. Survived by his wife, Lili Diamond, 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Haka-Ikse, Katerina, Toronto; University of Athens (Greece), 1952; pediatrics. Died Nov. 5, 2017, aged 91. “Katerina was a Fulbright Scholar who studied pediatric psychiatry in Athens, at the Sorbonne, at Yale and Johns Hopkins universities, and at the University of Toronto. Her expertise in child development made her a significant catch for the University of Toronto and for Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital. Katerina spent her very long professional career as an educator and diagnostic professional in the service of better health for children. She was an advocate of supporting children by trusting in their personal strengths. She had a deep and abiding confidence in the ability of children to solve their own problems, and in that way learn to be successful adults.”

Hoque, Asadul, St. John’s; Dacca Medical College (Pakistan), 1960; diagnostic radiology. Died Sept. 6, 2017, aged 80.

Jackson, Ronald M., North York, Ont.; University of Manitoba, 1944; Royal Canadian Navy, WW II; general surgery. Died Aug. 5, 2017, aged 98. Survived by his wife Jean, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Ron’s medical practice took him from Saskatchewan to the UK, Ontario and Quebec. After more than 20 years of practice in North Bay, Ont., Ron moved to Toronto to work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, from which he retired in the 1990s. Ron saved lives, brought many into the world, stitched up cuts, and listened attentively to those in need.”

Jensen, Sven E., Victoria; University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1954; psychiatry. Died April 6, 2017, aged 91.

Lawson, David, Calgary; University of Alberta, 1968; family medicine. Died Oct. 18, 2017, aged 84. Survived by 3 children, 2 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “A late entrant to medical school, Dad graduated at age 35 and subsequently became a member of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He served with The Black Watch-Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, an association of which he was justifiably proud, particularly the blue beret he earned as a peacekeeper in Cyprus. When he left the army we moved to Calgary, where he joined the Associate Clinic and embarked on a general practice. During this time he developed a habit of inviting interns from the University of Calgary to participate in his practice. Later, this was formalized and he became a professor with the university, teaching family practice out of the Holy Cross Hospital. When he left Holy Cross he pursued an interest in geriatrics, and did not formally stop practising until around age 75.”

Léger, Claude, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1969; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 25, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife, Louise Riel, 3 children and 8 grandchildren. “Strongly inspired by his father’s pioneering work and passion for radiology, he specialized in diagnostic radiology and angioradiology.”

Linton, Robert C., Guelph, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1959; anesthesiology. Died May 23, 2017, aged 83. Survived by his wife Evelyn, 2 children and 4 grandchildren. “Robert established his anesthetic practice in Guelph in 1967 and was a delegate to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) Council for many years. In Guelph, he was chief of anesthesia at both St. Joseph’s and Guelph General hospitals for over 13 years. He also served as president of the medical staff at the Guelph General from 1992-95. His ultimate aim, in conjunction with the principles of the OMA and its Section on Anesthesia, was to bring an anesthetic standard of care of the highest quality to the Guelph community. Upon leaving active practice at the Guelph General he provided anesthesia for patients at the Homewood Hospital until his retirement in 2008.”

Luer, Andrew Z., Winnipeg; Gdansk Medical Academy (Poland), 1976. Died Nov. 1, 2017, aged 67.

McGivern, Edward A., Vancouver; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1944; family medicine. Died Nov. 7, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 7 children, 19 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “In 1953, our Dad read an article about Vancouver and, dazzled by the city’s beauty, made an immediate decision to move the family here. He practised medicine for 50 years, serving several generations of families. He was also a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia, served as head of the Family Practice Department at Shaughnessy Hospital, and maintained a wonderful rapport with other medical professionals.” A former colleague wrote: “When I was a medical intern in emergency at St. Paul’s Hospital, he was the best GP there. I was really impressed with his caring nature, patience and good common sense.”

McLelland, Edwin N., Whitby, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1977; family medicine. Died Oct. 29, 2017, aged 65. Survived by his wife Alyson and a daughter. “A long-time resident of Durham Region, Dr. McLelland practised at the Glazier Medical Centre for 37 years. Eddie’s passion for patient care and administration were what led him to the position of medical director from 2001 until his retirement in 2016.”

Polack, Stanley S., Duncan, BC; University of Western Ontario, 1971; ophthalmology. Died Oct. 20, 2017, aged 72. Survived by his wife Jennifer, a daughter and a granddaughter. “Dr. Polack was extremely knowledgeable and thorough in the care of his patients, and enjoyed getting to know them during his 40 years of practice in the Cowichan Valley. Stan was incredibly hard-working in every aspect of his life, and had a lifelong love of learning. It was his passion for his profession that inspired his daughter, Megan, to pursue optometry as a career, and he greatly enjoyed sharing his extensive knowledge of eye care with her.”

Siemens, Peter, Saskatoon; University of Saskatchewan, 1957; neurology. Died Oct. 21, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Audrey, 7 children, 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. “Peter, who was part of the first medical school graduating class at the University of Saskatchewan, practised family medicine in Outlook, Sask., for 9 years before pursuing a residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1967-70. In 1970 he moved his family back to Saskatoon, where he began a long and distinguished practice as a neurologist from 1971 to 2002. During this time he maintained a private practice and saw patients in both St. Paul’s and Royal University hospitals. Peter was highly regarded by his colleagues, and he always greeted his patients with a warm smile and handshake in his office. He also enjoyed serving on the board of the family business, Siemens Transport.”

Rapp, Morton, North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1961; psychiatry. Died Oct. 6, 2017, aged 80.

Rosenbaum, Peter, Westmount, Que.; McGill University, 1954; ophthalmology. Died Oct. 28, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife, Rosalind Gliserman, and 2 grandchildren.

Ruddy, Catherine M., Ottawa; McMaster University, 1978; dermatology. Died Oct. 26, 2017, aged 63. Survived by her husband Michael and 5 children. A patient wrote: “Cathi was a kind, caring physician and a lovely person.”

St-Laurent, Guy P., Saint-Laurent, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1952; hematology. Died Sept. 13, 2016, aged 91. Survived by his wife, Thérèse Archambault.

Thompson, George H. (Howard), Waterloo, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1954; family medicine. Died Nov. 9, 2017, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Lesley Lynne-Davies, and his children, stepchildren and grandchildren. “Following internship he joined the Oshawa Clinic for a year, and was a family physician in Kitchener-Waterloo from 1956 to 1993. Howard was certified in family medicine and was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario for several years.”

Tirovolas, Konstantinos (Costas), Mississauga, Ont.; University of Athens (Greece), 1973; psychiatry. Died Oct. 29, 2017, aged 68. Survived by his wife, Michèle D’Iorio, and 3 children. “He was a caring, compassionate psychiatrist to countless children and their families.”

Walker, Francis W. (Frank), London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1959; anesthesiology. Died Nov. 13, 2017, aged 89. Survived by 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Wolfe, Brian K., Duncan, BC; Queen’s University, 1982; diagnostic radiology. Died Nov. 10, 2017, aged 60. Survived by his wife Sandee, 2 stepsons and 3 grandchildren. “Brian was proud to have been a radiologist at Cowichan District Hospital for his entire career.”