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February, 2018

Ainslie, William H., Niagara Falls, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1954; general surgery. Died Dec. 14, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Alice, 5 children, the children’s mother, Constance Ainslie, 2 stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “William had a long-standing general practice and was also a surgeon in Niagara Falls. He loved to serve his community.”

Ascah, Geoffrey M., Huntsville, Ont.; McGill University, 1944. Died Jan. 2, 2018, aged 96. Survived by 4 children and 4 grandchildren. “Geoff was a veteran of WW II, having joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1939 and served his country for the duration. After further training in internal medicine after the war, he decided that urban life was not for him and that more adventure was required, so he headed up to Moose Factory in Northern Ontario and started his first practice. In 1954 the family made Huntsville, Ont., their permanent home. Geoff was a true, old-fashioned general practitioner who did family practice, emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, anesthesiology and surgery, and he finally retired with grace in his early 70s. In his later years Geoff often joked that he had seen so many changes in medicine that he had become a living dinosaur.”

Bense, Michael H., St. John’s; University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1970; ophthalmology. Died Dec. 12, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his wife Sharon, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Mike spent his career working as an ophthalmologist and pioneered laser eye surgery in Eastern Canada. He was a proud South African, a talented surgeon, a determined entrepreneur and a true intellectual.” The St. John’s Telegram reported: “He completed a residency in ophthalmology at Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1984, and went on to open this province’s first laser eye surgery clinic in St. John’s. Dr. Bense was chief of ophthalmology at the Health Sciences Centre for a period of time, and served on the board for the Canadian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He performed more than 30,000 eye surgeries over the course of his career.”

Carranza, Ruben G., Montréal; University of the Philippines, 1971. Died Jan. 1, 2018, aged 71. Survived by his partner, Nicole St. Hilaire, 3 sons and 8 grandchildren. “After 37 years of devoted service to the Department of Anesthesia at the Montréal Children’s Hospital, the only things he enjoyed more than his fulfilling medical career was playing tennis 4 times a week and travelling multiple times a year.”

Dixon, Allen, Langley, BC; University of Alberta, 1948. Died Jan. 4, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 4 children, 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. “Dad was always busy, whether doing rounds and surgery at the hospital, or seeing patients in his office. Retirement included periods of service at Salvation Army hospitals in Zambia (1982) and Zimbabwe (1987), where he provided relief for missionary doctors. He and Mom also made 7 short-term mission trips to Ecuador,”

Doig, J. Noel, Saskatoon; Oxford University (England), 1952. Died Jan. 12, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his wife Joan, 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Noel was a well-known and dedicated family physician who moved to Saskatchewan from England in 1958 to establish a rural practice in the village of Hawarden, where he practised for 3 years. He moved to Saskatoon in 1961, where Noel practised first with Dr. Sam Landa. He was later joined by Dr. Joe Golumbia and others, including his daughter, Anne. [Dr. Anne Doig served as president of the CMA in 2009-10. — Ed.] Many of Noel's original patients from Hawarden and their extended families still attend the practice, now known as City Centre Family Physicians. The loyalty of those patients is a testament to the care and compassion shown to them by Dr. Doig throughout his 40 years in practice. Noel was also a respected contributor to his profession. He served on innumerable committees and boards at the local, provincial and national levels. He was chief of staff of Saskatoon City Hospital, chaired the Discipline Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan for many years, and chaired the Canadian Medical Association’s Committee on Ethics for several years. Noel most valued his long service to the Saskatchewan Medical Association, and particularly, after his retirement in 1998, his ongoing work with its Member Advisory Committee through which he was able to provide support and advice to colleagues. As part of his legacy to the profession in Saskatchewan, Noel wrote a history of the 1962 medicare crisis. Setting the Record Straight. Published in 2012, it was his uncompromising account of the principles behind the profession's resistance to the Medical Care Insurance Act. In that, as in his clinical practice, it was all about the patients. Noel received honorary life memberships in the CMA, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.” A former patient recalled: “What a remarkable gentleman. Whether delivering our second son or describing his bread-making secrets, Dr. JN modelled grace and good humour.”

Donaldson, Harry V. (Dr. D), Calgary; University of Alberta, 1956; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 17, 2017, aged 85. Survived by 3 children, 4 grandchildren and a great-grandson. “Harry served as department head at Alberta Children’s Hospital for 10 years and at Calgary General Hospital (CGH) for 6 years. He was involved with many evolutionary medical feats, such as giving the anesthetic when Dr. G. Miller did Calgary’s first intracardiac pacemaker, and he convinced the psychiatric community to use light general anesthetic before electroconvulsive therapy. Harry also helped convince the CGH Board to keep the post-op recovery room open 24/7, making it only the second hospital in Alberta to do so. Harry also did a lot of sub-specialty work on chronic pain, and in 1976, along with a group of dentists, he established the North Calgary Surgical Centre, an outpatient day-care facility where he served as medical director and chief anesthetist for 17 years. It is difficult to put into words the life of someone who gave so much, yet expected so little.”

Duffy, Raymond A., St. John’s; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1953; anesthesiology. Died Jan. 2, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Ruth, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Ray moved to St. John’s to join the Newfoundland Anesthesia Associates in 1962, and worked in all of the St. John’s hospitals. In 1965 he joined Dr. Charles Henderson in the Department of Anesthesia in the new Charles A. Janeway Children’s Hospital. He left there in 1973 to work exclusively in St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, from which he retired in 1994.”

Dyke, George, W., Mississauga, Ont.; Memorial University, 1975; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 8, 2017, aged 65. Survived by his wife Lani, 3 children, the children’s mother, Marion, and 7 grandchildren. A former trainee wrote: “He was a fabulous and patient teacher and a skilled anesthetist who never spoke badly of anybody or anything.”

Evans, Gerard P., Kitchener, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1951. Died Dec. 30, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Moyra, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. “Gerard lived on 2 continents other than North America during his life, including 2 years in Lagos, Nigeria, while serving as a captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps. He practised general medicine and public health in the UK before emigrating to Goderich, Ont., in 1966, where he served as medical officer of health in Huron County and, later, in the Waterloo Region. He retired in 1991.”

Ford, Bruce F., Sechelt, BC; University of Western Ontario, 1963; family medicine. Died Oct. 18, 2017, aged 81. Survived by his wife Jane, 4 children and 4 grandchildren. “Bruce interned at Toronto Western Hospital and spent 3 years in country practice in Cobourg, Ont., before moving out West in 1967. Bruce went into residency in internal medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, then became senior medical resident, and was head of emergency services for 3 years. In 1972 he started his own private practice in West Vancouver, and retired in 1996. As a physician, he listened and made time for his patients, whether on regular rounds at Lions Gate Hospital or doing house calls in the evening, and often late into the night. He also served on the Board of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and was a past president of the college’s BC Chapter.”

Friedberg, A. Martin (Marty), North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1968; family medicine. Died Jan. 6, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his wife Laurel, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “In the early 1980s Marty pioneered the field of emergency medicine in Toronto. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of medicine, but what moved his patients and students most was his humanity and humility, compassion and humour. Marty was cherished by countless medical students and paramedics whom he taught and touched, but his greatest lesson was to never lose sight of a patient’s dignity. We will try to live up to your brilliant example, Doc.”

Garrity, James, Victoria; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1957. Died Dec. 15, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Kathleen, 7 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Gialloreto, Osman P., Ottawa; University of Padova (Italy), 1946; cardiology. Died Dec. 12, 2017, aged 96. Survived by his wife Sylvia, 3 children and 2 grandchildren. “Dr. Gialloreto will be remembered as one of the pioneers and educators of North American cardiology. He was instrumental in the founding of Santa Cabrini Hospital and l’Hôpital de réadaptation Villa Medica, both in Montréal, as well as the Montréal Heart Institute, and was a member of the cardiology team at the Montréal General Hospital.”

Govatsos, Sotiria, St. John’s; University of Athens (Greece), 1958; general pathology. Died Dec. 11, 2017, aged 83. “After immigrating to Canada and completing training at the Halifax Institute of Pathology/Victoria General Hospital (1968), she served as an associate pathologist at the Yarmouth General Hospital in Nova Scotia. In 1969 she moved to Newfoundland and became an associate pathologist at the Grace General Hospital. Later she became director of the pathology laboratory (1975), followed by [a term as] director of laboratory services. ‘Dr. G,’ as she was affectionately referred to by many in St. John’s, was a clever woman, a devout medical specialist, an amazing cook, a dog lover, a wonderful gardener, a loving person and a lively spirit. A fierce Spartan, Sotiria was extremely passionate about Greek culture, music and food, and especially dancing! Before Google, there was Govatsos; she was a fountain of knowledge.”

Halmos, Veronica (Vera), North York, Ont.; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1953; internal medicine. Died Dec. 27, 2017, aged 88. Survived by her husband George and 2 children. “Veronica emerged from the war years to realize her dream of becoming a physician, graduating in medicine in Budapest in 1953. In 1957, she and her husband George, refugees from Hungary’s communist regime, settled in Toronto and made the most of the opportunities available to them. She interned at Women’s College Hospital, did a residency at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and achieved her fellowship in internal medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital. She finally began her private practice and came on as full-time staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 1961. Veronica became the first female physician at the centre, where she pioneered the multidisciplinary team approach to care. She remained at St. Joseph’s until 1994, after which she spent a decade practising at several clinics in Toronto and volunteering at the North York General Hospital.”

Hartford, James A., London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1979; psychiatry. Died Jan. 5, 2018, aged 67. Survived by his wife, Veronica (Roni) Voigt, 3 stepchildren and 6 grandchildren. “James was a Western graduate and he practised psychiatry in London for over 30 years.”

Hay, William I. (Ian), Victoria; University of Newcastle upon Tyne (England), 1953; family medicine. Died Dec. 27, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Anne and 3 children. “After moving to Canada in 1956 and practising for a short time in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Ian and Anne settled in Madsen, Ont., where Ian provided medical care to miners, Indigenous communities and the general population. The family moved to Burlington, Ont., in 1964, where Ian and Patrick Sweeney formed the Caroline Medical Group, where Ian practised until his retirement in 1992. Ian had many professional accomplishments over the years, especially his innovative research into the use of nurse practitioners in primary care. In retirement, Ian was an active volunteer and participant in food security and assistance programs for seniors.”

Jones, Neville C., West Vancouver; University of Oregon (US), 1952; plastic surgery. Died Nov. 17, 2017, aged 96. Survived by 2 sons and 3 grandsons. “During the war, Neville interrupted his studies at the University of British Columbia to serve in the Canadian army, and when the war ended he studied medicine. After many years in family practice, Neville and his young family moved to Britain for specialty training in plastic and reconstructive surgery. In 1963 he returned to North Vancouver, where he continued in practise until his retirement in 1986.” A former patient wrote: “[After a boating accident] I was rushed to Lions Gate emergency, and believe me it was my lucky day [because] Dr. Jones and a bone specialist, Dr. Gelpke, were just coming out of a prior surgery. They took me in immediately and did the required work. When I look at my hand, and arm, today, I am forever grateful to them.”

Kotkas, Lawrence J., Lethbridge, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1956; psychiatry. Died Dec. 27, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Patti Clow, and his children and grandchildren. “After medical school he joined the Canadian Foreign Service and began his postings, both as an MD and diplomat, in Ottawa, before continuing overseas to the UK, Finland, Denmark and Switzerland. Lawrence returned to Canada to live in 1966 and went into private practice in psychiatry. He was the first psychiatrist in Lethbridge and established the city’s first general hospital psychiatric unit. He continued as the chief of psychiatry in Lethbridge hospitals for many years. He was also a pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine. Lawrence, who attended Royal Military College, was in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a young man, and he often said that one of the proudest days of his life was when he graduated with his MD and received his Geneva Convention card for medical personnel.”

Lacey, Lawrence, Richmond Hill, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1967; general pathology. Died Nov. 26, 2017, aged 74.

Leung, Dominic M., Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1975; family medicine. Died Nov. 23, 2017, aged 74. Survived by his wife Lillian, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “He was a credit to the medical profession.”

Martin, William R., Galiano Island, BC; University of British Columbia, 1954; ophthalmology. Died Dec. 26, 2017, aged 90. Survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Dad always knew that he wanted to be a doctor. Raised during the poverty of the Depression, he took on many jobs to pay for his university education, including carpentry work for his father who had secured a construction position with the Department of National Defence in the 1940s. After graduating from UBC’s first medical school class in 1954, he and Mom moved to Merritt, BC, where Dad shared a general practice with his closest friend, Hugh Pontifex. Dad began his specialty training in ophthalmology in 1960 and joined an ophthalmologic practice in Burnaby, BC, in 1965 with partners Jack Siddall, Sam Gibson, Don Matheson and Bill Pratt. They all became lifelong friends. Dad retired in 1991.”

McMaster, Eva S. (Susan), Vancouver; Friedrich Wilhelms University (Germany), 1934; public health. Died Dec. 31, 2017, aged 108. Survived by 2 children, 2 grandchildren, a stepson and 6 step-grandchildren. “She was born in Berlin in 1909, and lived through World War I, the German Depression, the hyperinflation of the 1920s and the rise of the Nazis. She immigrated to England in 1933 with her first husband, Dr. Edward May. In 1940 she took her 2 sons to British Columbia, but it was impossible to receive money from wartime England so she took a number of non-medical jobs until she was able to pass the BC medical exams, becoming one of the first women to do so. Following internship at the Vancouver General Hospital she worked as an obstetrics doctor in general practice. [After the war] she entered the public health field and became director of Vancouver Public Health Unit No. 7. She actively promoted fluoridation of Vancouver’s water supply and successfully worked against polio with the Salk vaccine. After serving in public health for 20 years, she was forced to retire at age 60 (men at 65). She was a dedicated professional and a lifetime member of the BC Medical Association. Her grieving, extended family honours a courageous and independent woman who made a difference.”

Menzies, Robert J. (Dr. Bob), Morden, Man.; University of Manitoba, 1976; family medicine. Died Dec. 19, 2017, aged 65. Survived by his wife Kathy, 3 daughters and 1 granddaughter. “After training, Bob returned home to Morden in 1979 to continue the medical practice of both his father and his grandfather. Bob was a dedicated family physician who played an important role in promoting health care in rural Manitoba, including the development of the Clinical Teaching Unit at Boundary Trails Health Centre. He received several awards, among them the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and he was named one of Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year in 2002, and Morden’s Citizen of Distinction in 2017.”

Méthot, André L., Québec; Université Laval, 1961; nephrology. Died Oct. 18, 2017, aged 83. Survived by 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mirchandani, Gopi R., Mississauga, Ont.; Lady Harding Medical College (India), 1948. Died Jan. 1, 2018, aged 93. Survived by her husband, Rajendra Bhatnagar, and a daughter. “Gopi received her MBBS at Lady Harding Medical College in Delhi, where she was one of the first women doctors to graduate. After moving to Canada, Gopi established and carried out her medical practice in Halifax from 1961 to 2005.”

Pépin, Jean-Marc, Sherbrooke, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1955; internal medicine. Died Dec. 22, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Cécile Goulet, 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “Jean-Marc practised medicine in Sherbrooke from 1959 to 1996, and was one of the founders of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke. He was a good, sensitive and devoted man who has finally found peace after a long illness.”

Pouliot, Marc-André, Gaspé, Que.; Université Laval, 1956; pediatrics. Died Sept. 7, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife, Céline Létourneau, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Purkis, Robert S., Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1954; family medicine. Died Jan. 2, 2018, aged 93.

Shepherd, Gordon H (Doc), Osoyoos, BC; University of Alberta, 1951. Died March 22, 2017, aged 95. Survived by his wife Marion, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. “He moved to Osoyoos in 1955 and had his own practice there until his retirement in 1987.” In 2015, the Osoyoos Times reported: “Dr. Gordon Shepherd, now 94, still remembers very well the terror he felt before he made his first parachute jump during World War II. Shepherd was never sent overseas during the war, but as one of the first dozen young men in the Royal Canadian Air Force trained in pararescue, he made history of his own. . . . Shepherd, who became a physician after the war, is honest about why he signed up with the air force in 1942. ‘I have to confess, I joined up because they would’ve put me in the army otherwise,’ he said.”

Simonds, Patricia E., Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1957; psychiatry. Died Dec. 22, 2017, aged 83.

Stevens, Rob F., Parry Sound, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 2005; family medicine. Died Dec. 10, 2017, aged 49. Survived by his wife Terry-Lynn and 2 children.

Sun, Philip H., Vancouver; University of Hong Kong, 1957. Died Dec. 20, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Louise, 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Tsega, Edemariam, Hamilton; McGill University, 1965; internal medicine. Died Jan. 1, 2018, aged 79. Survived by his wife, Frances Lester, 4 children and 1 grandchild. “Born and raised in Ethiopia, he was a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and practised and taught general internal medicine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for almost 23 years. He also had a subspecialty in gastroenterology and research focus on liver diseases in Ethiopia. He was professor of medicine and, for a time, dean of the medical faculty at Addis Ababa University. From 1994-2001 he was a general internist in Grand Falls-Windsor, Nfld., and from 2001 until retirement in 2014 he was with Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University, retiring as professor emeritus.”

West, Guy R. (Roger), Calgary; University of Alberta, 1964; neurology. Died Dec. 3, 2017, aged 82. Survived by his wife Betty, 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “After medical school, he went on to become a well-respected neurologist and chief of medicine at the Calgary General Hospital and Peter Lougheed Centre. He retired from medicine in 2000.”

Wilson, Lawrence A. (Allen), Okanagan Falls, BC; University of Alberta, 1971; ophthalmology. Died Dec. 18, 2017, aged 69. Survived by his wife Judi, 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. “Allen acted as an advocate for world peace as a member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was a lifelong learner who pursued a variety of passions, including photography, meditation, running, tai chi, golf and karate.”

Wiseman, Lester B., Mahone Bay, NS; Dalhousie University, 1958; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 25, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Isobel, 2 children and 6 grandchildren. “Les practised in the Mahone Bay area before obtaining his anesthesiologist designation from McGill University. He then moved to Mississauga, Ont., where he practised until his retirement.”

Wylie, Alan R., Hamilton; University of Western Ontario, 1958. Died Dec. 2, 2017, aged 86. Survived by 3 children and 2 grandsons. “Alan passed away at the Juravinski (Henderson) Hospital, where he practised family medicine for more than 40 years before his retirement in 2001. He was a gregarious, generous and caring man who will also be remembered as the best tomato gardener.”