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January, 2018

Arshawsky (Isaac), Pearl R., North York, Ont.; McGill University, 1955; family medicine. Died Nov. 20, 2017, aged 88. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Bell, Dean D., Winnipeg; University of Alberta, 1984; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 3, 2017, aged 58. Survived by his wife, Dr. Sandra Marles, and a son. “Dean served as director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital from 1998 to 2012. In 2007, he became inaugural director of the newly created Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery. He was co-director of the Cardiac Sciences ICU from 2010 until 2015. As program director for specialty training in critical care medicine from 2000 to 2011, Dean inspired and mentored a generation of young intensive care physicians who are currently practising across Canada and abroad. He was also instrumental in introducing High Fidelity Medical Simulation at the University of Manitoba and across Canada. His knowledge and expertise with the use of medical simulation for education gave him the insight required to help design the current Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility at the University of Manitoba’s Bannatyne Campus.” A co-worker wrote: “When I would come into the theatre and see Dean, I knew it would be a great day. In the ICU Dean was a fantastic staff person. He was always kind and respectful to the nurses, never a harsh word.”

Carreno-Segura, Luis, Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Madrid (Spain), 1951; general surgery. Died Dec. 1, 2017, aged 90. Survived by 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “He was a dedicated international physician who was passionate about communicating with his patients in many languages.”

Cole, Basilon C., New Glasgow, NS; Dalhousie University, 1979; general surgery. Died Nov. 10, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife Sandra, 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. “Dr. Cole represented his school and the island of St. Vincent in football tournaments. He later obtained a scholarship to attend Dalhousie University, where he led the football team as the first black captain. He decided to follow his dream of being a physician, and returned to Dalhousie University in 1972. [After his graduation and post-graduate training], Basilon chose to come to New Glasgow, where he dedicated his life and skills to helping people at the Aberdeen Hospital for 37 years.”

Conway, Joseph D., Ottawa; University of London (England), 1946; diagnostic radiology. Died Nov. 23, 2017, aged 94. Survived by his wife, Margaret Cheney, his first wife, Jean Wylie, 4 children and 2 grandchildren. “He was the founding chairman and professor, Department of Radiology, University of Ottawa, from 1958 until 1987. He also served as director, Department of Radiology, at the Ottawa General Hospital from 1957 until 1987, and spent 8 years as the hospital’s chief of medical staff. He continued to practise until 1998, and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Canadian Association of Radiologists in 2000.”

DeRoche, James E., Cambridge, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1958; urology. Died Nov. 30, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Born in Tignish, PEI, in 1930, he settled in Cambridge in 1964 and started his first practice in urology.” An OR nursing colleague wrote: “All the nurses loved working with Jimmy.”

Deutscher, Raymond, Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1979; anesthesiology. Died Oct. 28, 2017, aged 63. Survived by his wife, Carla Becker. “[During his career] Raymond worked at the St. Boniface Hospital continuously and, in later years, at the Pan Am Clinic as well. . . . He was also a superb teacher, who mentored innumerable residents during his almost 35 years of practice.”

Furesz, Eva B., Ottawa; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1951. Died Dec. 9, 2017, aged 94. Survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Born in Budapest, Eva immigrated to Ottawa in 1956. She studied medicine in Hungary and Canada, and was a practising family physician for over 60 years. She was also a graduate of the School of Art in Ottawa, and as an accomplished sculptor and painter she had several solo and group exhibitions. She also published several books of poetry, a biography and 3 art volumes. Eva lived a long and rich life, and the void she has left in our lives is huge.”

Hames, Wallace K., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1945. Died Nov. 11, 2017, aged 97.

Imbulgoda, Anil T., Waterdown, Ont.; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2013; family medicine. Died Nov. 19, 2017, aged 30. Survived by his fiancée, Kathryn McDonald, his parents, and a brother, Dr. Amal Imbulgoda. “[Anil] was born in Fredericton and received his undergraduate degree there before attending medical school and completing his residency in family medicine in Newfoundland. He had been working alongside his mother at their family practice in Waterdown.” A co-worker wrote: “Anil’s smiling face will be sadly missed by all those who worked with him — we are all devastated by his loss. He was a warm and caring young man with such a bright future ahead of him.”

Johnston, David A., New Westminster, BC; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1955. Died Dec. 1, 2017, aged 85. Survived by his wife Belle (Isobel), 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “David was a well-loved general practitioner based in New Westminster. He spent his last days in the Royal Columbian Hospital, overlooking the office building in which he had worked for so many years.”

Klassen, Peter W., Abbotsford, BC; University of Toronto, 1954; anesthesiology. Died Nov. 26, 2017, aged 97. Survived by his wife Katie, 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Peter’s formative years on the Alberta prairies led to the study of medicine in Toronto, and further specialization in anesthesiology. He partnered in running Treloar Anesthetic Service in Vancouver for 20 years before retiring in 1987.”

Kristal, Louis, Nepean, Ont.; Dalhousie University, 1943. Died Dec. 8, 2017, aged 100. Survived by his wife Carmel, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Louis retired in Ottawa after over 50 years as a physician. He began his medical practice in Cape Breton, NS, before moving to Brampton, Ont., where he maintained a family practice and served on the medical staff of Peel Memorial Hospital. Louis recently celebrated his 100th birthday which, to his delight, was attended by friends and family from across Canada and the United States.” The daughter of a former co-worker wrote: “My mother worked with Dr. Kristal at the New Waterford General Hospital in Nova Scotia many years ago, and I heard wonderful stories about this well-respected physician and friend.”

Lee, Francis K., North York, Ont.; University of Alberta, 1991; psychiatry. Died Nov. 5, 2017, aged 57. Survived by 2 children. “After earning a master’s degree in engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, he attended medical school at the University of Alberta and then completed his residency in Boston. A dedicated psychiatrist who touched many lives from Boston to Toronto, he spent his life helping others with care and compassion, and providing comfort to those suffering from mental illness.”

Lome, Lillian T., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1941. Died Nov. 22, 2017, aged 101. Survived by 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “One of only a handful of women to earn a medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1941, Lillian will be remembered for her dedicated family health practice at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.”

Muirhead, Philip D., Musquodoboit Harbour, NS; Dalhousie University, 1975. Died Nov. 12, 2017, aged 71. Survived by his wife Wendy, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “Upon graduation, Phil began a 35-year career as a rural family physician on the Eastern Shore. He was blessed to work in a practice that reflected his values and, through the years, he came to know and love his patients, who often encompassed several generations of one family. He also thought it was important to participate and contribute to both provincial and national medical associations in order to impact the care that all patients would receive.” A former patient wrote: “He always had lots of time for a good political discussion, and because of his marvellous sense of humour it was actually a joy to go to the doctor’s office.”

O’Dwyer, Michael G. (Gerry), King City, Ont.; University of Toronto (U of T), 1956; general and vascular surgery. Died Nov. 23, 2017, aged 86. Survived by 5 sons and 11 grandchildren. In 1967 the family moved to Scarborough, Ont., where Gerry accepted a position as a general surgeon at the expanding Scarborough General Hospital, and eventually served as chief of surgery and chief of staff. In his over 45 years as a general and vascular surgeon, Gerry touched the lives of thousands of people through his surgical skills, compassion, empathy, quick wit, and dry humour, and he was still hitting the slopes at age 80.” A U of T classmate wrote: “I was still at the Scarborough General when he came on staff, and all were impressed with his skill and hard work.”

Petrasek, Anthony, Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 8, 2017, aged 92. Survived by his wife Grace, 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “Tony was born in the Czech Republic and fled to Canada after WW II. He arrived with a strong work ethic and a desire to build a better future, and worked as a farm labourer to pay for his medical education. After graduating he embarked on a long and distinguished career that spanned over 50 years. He worked as an anesthesiologist in Montréal and Pittsburgh before moving to Toronto in 1970. He served as chief of anesthesia at Scarborough Centenary Hospital and then at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, where he practised for 25 years. This was followed by work as a palliative care physician in Etobicoke, Ont., before he finally retired at age 85.”

Philp, Ian J., Armstrong, BC; University of Saskatchewan, 1964; family medicine. Died Dec. 9, 2017, aged 85.

Poel, Meg (Margaret), St. Marys, Ont.; McMaster University, 1983; family medicine. Died Nov. 3, 2017, aged 62. Survived by her partner, Grant Johnson. “Meg practised family medicine, with a focus on mental health, at a number of locations in Southwestern Ontario, most recently at Driftwood Family Medicine in Kitchener-Waterloo.”

Prouse, Francis H., Mississauga, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1946; orthopedic surgery. Died Dec. 4, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

Racicot, Jules, Lévis, Que.; Université Laval, 1955; general surgery. Died Nov. 29, 2017, aged 87.

Rally, Charles R., Vancouver; McGill University, 1952; internal medicine. Died Nov. 16, 2017, aged 89. Survived by his wife Rose, 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “Charlie spent his active-practice life at the Vancouver General Hospital, and after he retired he continued to act as a medical expert in legal and insurance matters until age 87. He loved the practice of medicine his entire life.” The son of a former patient wrote: “My father told me how Dr. Charles Rally saved his life back in 1963, as he was the only one to figure out his condition. I am glad that he was my father’s friend.”

Schofer, Roy, Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1956; anesthesiology. Died Nov. 25, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 2 children and a grandchild. “Roy was a very successful anesthesiologist who worked at the VGH [Vancouver General Hospital] and Lionsgate Hospital. When he retired, he went back to work at the Cambie Clinic. He was an outstanding doctor who was well respected by all who knew him. Roy and his late wife, Joan, loved animals, and had several cats over the years. They always rescued their pets from animal shelters, and never met a cat they didn’t like.”

Shedden, Douglas A., Nepean, Ont.; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1960. Died Dec. 10, 2017, aged 81.Survived by his wife Judy, 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Stinson, David A., Ohio, Antigonish County, NS; able seaman, Royal Canadian Navy, WW II; University of Toronto, 1949; internal medicine, cardiology. Died Nov. 5, 2017, aged 92. Survived by 6 children and 5 grandchildren. “[After medical school] he specialized in cardiology and was chief of outpatient and emergency services at the Toronto General Hospital. During his time in Toronto he was also an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, vice-president of the Royal Canadian Institute, president of the University of Toronto Medical Alumni and physician-in-chief at the Runnymede Hospital. His curiosity and passionate interest in people and their stories made him an astute diagnostician. [He] moved to Antigonish in 1984. Settling in the Ohio Valley, he followed his dream of being a farmer — herding goats and growing vegetables. He also started a holistic medical practice and was a Shambala meditation instructor in Antigonish.”

Szeps, Jerzy, Waterloo, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1956; ophthalmology. Died Nov. 22, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Judy, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “In the late ’50s he was ‘town doc’ in Bothwell, Ont., and then served as a highly skilled eye surgeon in Chatham, Ont., until his retirement in the late ’90s. But Jerry was much more than an MD, and perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his remarkable view on life. In spite of the horrors and tragedies he encountered as a child during WW II, he chose to view life as an amazing gift, enjoying each and every day. In his later years, he took on the iMac with gusto.”

Tessier, Yves, Québec; Université Laval, 1965; cardiology. Died Nov. 18, 2017, aged 76.

Thompson, Patrick J., Halifax; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1957; former major, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died Nov. 23, 2017, aged 83. Survived by his wife Hilda, 4 children and 4 grandchildren. “He and the family moved to Canada in 1972 and settled in Fredericton, where he practised, for many years on the staff at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. In the latter years of his professional life he specialized in the treatment and management of chronic pain, becoming a widely acknowledged expert in the field. [Outside of work] he was an active member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, in which he not only performed on stage in leading roles, but also worked behind the scenes, directing a number of productions himself. Many will remember him from those days, and he will be missed by far many more than those of his immediate family.”

Willer, Ronald C., London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1967. Died Oct. 14, 2017, aged 73. Survived by his wife Carroll, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “A very special man with a great sense of adventure.”

Wilson (Johnston), Kathleen M. (Katie), Chilliwack, BC; Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), 1973. Died of leukemia Nov. 13, 2017, aged 69. Survived by her husband Billy and 2 sons. “As a doctor, Katie served Chilliwack and the surrounding communities for her professional life, first as a general practitioner until transitioning to a specialty in geriatrics, for which she had both a knack and a passion. Her dedication to her patients was an inspiration and made us so very proud.”

Wilson, Orville B. (Dr. O.B.), 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.”