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July, 2017

Acker, Murray S., North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1943; RCAMC, WW II; psychiatry. Died May 5, 2017, aged 97. Survived by his wife Gloria, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Adams, Lynette M., Shelbyville, Tennessee; Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1995; family medicine. Died April 26, 2017, aged 47. Survived by 3 daughters. "After completing her residency she started a family practice in Shelbyville, where her love for children and adults and her vision and energy, combined with her compassion and understanding, resulted in one of the largest family practice clinics in the state."

Anderson, John D., Vancouver; University of Bristol (England), 1970; medical microbiology. Died April 20, 2017, aged 82. Survived by his wife Tora, 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Armstrong, Ronald D., Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1957; diagnostic radiology. Died May 4, 2017, aged 84.

Bain, Joan E., Markdale, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; family medicine. Died May 6, 2017, aged 84. Survived by her husband, Dr. Stanley Bain, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. "She was in one of the first groups of physicians to successfully write the certification examination set by the Canadian College of Family Physicians, and she also served as the first female president of the college. Joan was particularly committed to collaborative initiatives with the Toronto Police and City of Toronto to increase awareness of and develop prevention programs for domestic violence, for which she was honoured with the B'nai Brith Women of Canada Achievement Award in 1989."

Boulais, Claude N., Windsor, Ont.; Université de Montréal, 1958; psychiatry. Died April 21, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Lauraine and 2 stepdaughters.

Caplan, Barry B., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1957; urology. Died June 2, 2017, aged 84. Survived by his wife Sandra and his children and grandchildren.

Carroll, Joseph, Hamilton; RCAF, WW II; Dalhousie University, 1953; general surgery. Died April 9, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his partner, Susan Nucci, 4 children, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 stepchildren and 3 step-grandchildren. "He practised in Hamilton from 1957 until 1996, primarily at St. Joseph's Hospital. After closing his active practice he continued to assist with surgeries until age 75. At Joe's request, his body was donated to the McMaster University medical school."

Chalmers, George R., North Vancouver; University of Alberta, 1970; family medicine. Died May 20, 2017, aged 71. Survived by 3 children, the children's mother, Norma Chalmers, and many grandchildren. "He practised in North Vancouver for 45 years, where he helped so many by healing both body and soul."

Chandrakanth, Annaiah, Regina; Mysore University (India), 1989; anatomical pathology. Died March 19, 2017, aged 53.

Chochinov, Harvey, Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1951; pediatric general surgery. Died April 10, 2017, aged 89. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. "His medical practice in general and pediatric surgery in Winnipeg spanned over 40 years and he was greatly respected, not only for his skill as a surgeon but also for his kind, compassionate and professional patient care. His bedside manner was appreciated by his patients (as was his quirky sense of humour and wit), and he is remembered by countless people, many of whom owe Harvey their lives."

Crozier, Perry G., Windsor, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1947; life member, CMA. Died April 29, 2017, aged 93. Survived by 4 children and 2 grandchildren. "After graduating he moved to Windsor to become company physician with Chrysler Canada, where he thoroughly enjoyed his 42-year career. During that time he earned emeritus status in the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada."

Deinum, Eleanor J., London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1955; psychiatry; former medical director, London Psychiatric Hospital. Died June 7, 2017, aged 84. "She was probably the first woman in Canada to earn her fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada."

Doane, Benjamin K., Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1962; psychiatry, neuropsychiatry. Died May 5, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Margaret, 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. "Ben served as assistant dean of medicine at Dalhousie from 1973 to 1975, and he was head of the Department of Psychiatry from 1975 to 1981. In keeping with Ben's interest in brain function and research, his brain has been donated to the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank. And so, as he contributed in life, he contributes to medical science after his death."

Dobberthien, Marion T., Calgary; University of Alberta, 1990; anesthesiology. Died of breast cancer March 29, 2017, aged 59. Survived by her husband, Don. In her self-written obituary, she stated: "As an anesthesiologist I worked daily with a team of skilled and dedicated nurses and physicians, and was able to have a positive effect on many lives. My life would have been much shorter without the support of Canadian Blood Services. Please donate, because with that act you are indeed saving many lives."

Dubé, François, Ottawa; University of Ottawa, 1961. Died April 13, 2017, aged 82. "He was a respected colleague with varied and successful careers in medicine (pathology, Ottawa Civic Hospital, and aviation and marine medicine, Transport Canada)."

Emmett, John A., North York, Ont.; University of Queensland (Australia), 1954; anesthesiology. Died June 1, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Johanne, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. "After training in anesthesia in Montréal, he worked at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. After retiring at age 64, he worked at pain clinics in Northern Ontario for the duration of his career. In Australia John was a very well-known social figure in Brisbane in the early 1950s, where he had many friends in the music world. Known to his family and friends then as 'Jock,' he was a great character on the golf course and the dance floor, and at the Gold Coast nearby. John was the Australian version of the 'King of Kensington.' "

Fidgeon, Terence P., Vancouver; University of London (England), 1955. Died March 16, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. "In 1966 the family moved from England to Surrey, BC, where Terry established a busy practice in which he did everything from delivering babies to running the Emergency Department at the Surrey Memorial Hospital."

Gonda, Andrew E., Montréal; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1951; nephrology. Died March 31, 2017, aged 92.

Gray, W. Alexander, Sarnia, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1952; general surgery. Died May 18, 2017, aged 88. Survived by 7 children, 16 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. "Alex was a distinguished general surgeon in Sarnia for over 50 years. He approached life with energy and optimism. He felt privileged to provide surgical care to his patients, and had deep respect for his medical colleagues."

Harder, David H., Oyama, BC; University of British Columbia, 1959; orthopedic surgery. Died May 4, 2017, aged 84. Survived by his wife Sandra, 5 children, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Harrigan, Edward R., Toronto; Dalhousie University, 1943; RCAMC, WW II; radiation oncology. Died May 23, 2017, aged 97. Survived by 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. "Ed spent 26 years as head of the Radiology Department at St. Mary's General Hospital and the Porcupine General Hospital in Timmins, Ont., and 9 years at the Huntsville (Ont.) and District Memorial Hospital. At 53 he earned a certificate in welding, at 63 he took up windsurfing, at 73 he started piano lessons, at 83 he rode an elephant in Thailand, and at 93 he was still single-handedly installing culverts on his property. He set the bar high for all around him."

Heath, Edward L. (Ted), London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1967. Died May 26, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife Eileen, 4 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Ted practised in London for more than 45 years. He had a genuine interest in people, and was always ready for ice cream and maple syrup."

Higgins, Aaron M., Nobel, Ont.; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 2014. Died of cancer Dec. 20, 2016, aged 32. Survived by his wife Jennifer and a daughter.

Ironside, James J., Vancouver; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1949; general surgery. Died May 24, 2016, aged 90. Survived by 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters. "Jim was a general surgeon for over 30 years. After he retired in 1986 he began a life of pleasure and non-medical learning."

Jamieson, Clark B., Prince George, BC; University of Alberta, 1970; urology. Died May 2, 2017, aged 72. Survived by his wife Joan, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. "Clark practised in Prince George for 38 years. He always felt that one of the best decisions he and Joan made was to move there. He appreciated the people, the medical community, the spirit of the city, and the wilderness that surrounded it."

Jarman, Ernest J., Victoria; RCNVR, WW II; Queen's University, 1950. Died March 16, 2017, aged 94. Survived by his wife Vilma, 5 children and 6 grandchildren. "Ernie lived in Edmonton, Fort Rae, NWT, Bralorne, BC, Britannia Beach, BC, Surrey, BC, and Greenwood, BC, before settling on Salt Spring Island, BC, in 1960. He lived there for 40 years before retiring to Victoria in 2000."

Kerr, Charles R., Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1973; internal medicine, cardiology. Died May 19, 2017, aged 68. Survived by his wife Karen, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. "Charlie established the first electrophysiology program in Western Canada at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, and he will be remembered by his colleagues and patients for his 35 passionate years as an exceptional clinician, teacher, researcher and leader." A former patient wrote: "I don't know where I would be now without Dr. Charlie Kerr's long-term care."

Kindrachuk, Walter (Doc), Sarnia, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953. Died April 20, 2017, aged 92. Survived by his wife Yvonne (Betty), 4 children and 4 grandchildren. "He practised for 45 years as a country doctor in Saskatchewan and as a GP at the Carruthers Clinic in Sarnia."

King, H. James, Thorndale, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1967; obstetrics and gynecology. Died May 1, 2017, aged 76. Survived by his partner, Jeanne Portelance. "He was a member of the Ob/Gyn Department at Western for 37 years. Under the banner of this department, Jim originated the urodynamics unit, and he was also an early member of the colposcopy unit."

Knupp, Graydon C., Sutton West, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1954. Died April 24, 2017, aged 92. Survived by 5 children, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandson. A former colleague wrote: "I remember him as a quietly competent and dedicated traditional family doc who regularly visited his hospitalized patients and provided them with the best of care, in or out of hospital."

Krysl, Zora, Campbell River, BC; Karlova University (Czechoslovakia), 1951; family medicine. Died May 20, 2017, aged 89. "Zora was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Josef Krysl, on Feb. 2, 2017. After purposeful careers on 3 continents, they retired to Campbell River. We will all miss their quiet, determined ways."

Lang, Alexander P., East York, Ont.; Albert Ludwig University (Germany), 1954. Died May 9, 2017, aged 88. Survived by 2 children and 6 grandchildren. "A respected family physician for over 50 years, Alexander continued to work until he was 83. He looked after generations of patients who moved to Canada from all over the world. He was also very involved in the German and Austrian communities in Toronto, including appointments as physician by the German and Austrian consulates, as well as by Lufthansa Airlines."

Lee, Robert G., Calgary; University of Toronto, 1960; neurology; past president, Canadian Neurological Society; former editor-in-chief, Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences; team physician, 1986 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition. Died March 31, 2017, aged 80. Survived by his wife Pat, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. "Bob had a distinguished career that included service as a rural family doctor in Northern Ontario and as an academic neurologist in Calgary. He was also heavily involved in medical teaching internationally, and was a cherished colleague and mentor to doctors in Nepal, Laos, the Philippines, Tajikistan and Malaysia."

Longley, J. Donald, Salt Spring Island, BC; McGill University, 1952; diagnostic radiology. Died May 7, 2017, aged 89. Survived by his wife Joy, 4 children and 10 grandchildren. "Donald pioneered British Columbia's screening mammography program. All who knew him were exposed to his passion for education, in particular French immersion."

Lund, G. Edward (Eddie), Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1956; diagnostic radiology. Died May 24, 2017, aged 86. Survived by 6 children and 16 grandchildren. "Not only did Dad have a full-time job as a radiologist and chief of the department, but he also managed to find time to serve as chair of the school board, head up the Physicians at Risk Committee and volunteer with numerous organizations and his church. He did all this while raising 7 kids (born within 9 years), coaching our sports teams and supporting us in all our activities. To this day it is common for us to meet people on the street who tell us how our Dad helped them or how much he has given back."

MacDonald, A.C. (Craig), London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1955; RCAF; diagnostic radiology. Died April 20, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Angie, 4 children, 9 grandchildren and a great-grandson. "He gave so much comfort and caring to others during his 45 years as a medical doctor, and Craig taught so many residents that his name is still well-known across Canada."

Manjanatha, Channagiri P., Calgary; Mysore University (India), 1960; anesthesiology. Died April 18, 2017, aged 80. Survived by his wife Anasuva, 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Markowski, Michael P., Saint-Lazare, Que.; Queen's University, 1990; family medicine. Died May 7, 2017, aged 54. Survived by 7 children. A patient wrote: "We are so sad to hear about the passing of our dedicated family doctor."

Master, Surya K., Campbellton, NB; University of Bombay (India), 1954; general surgery. Died June 1, 2017, aged 88. "It was an honour and a privilege to serve the wonderful members of this community." A former patient wrote: "The name of Dr. Master will live on in the North Shore for generations."

McGuire, Michael I., Ladysmith, BC; University of British Columbia, 1982. Died May 4, 2017, aged 61.

McGregor, Donald F., Richmond Hill, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1956. Died May 7, 201 7, aged 87. Survived by his wife Marilyn, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. "Don took a circuitous route to medicine, first studying economics and history, then science and then medicine, spending a total of 11 years at Western. He visited his patients in the hospital at all hours of the day and night, and he made house calls, sometimes taking x-rays along to hold up on front of the living room lamp to help explain things. He also assisted with orthopedic surgery and, in his later years (until age 79), was sometimes simply invited into the operating room to chat with the younger surgeons to keep them calm."

Morris, Everton J., Windsor, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1952. Died April 26, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Lea, 4 children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. "Ev was an old-fashioned family doctor who began his practice in Windsor in 1952 and proudly worked at both the Grace and Hotel Dieu hospitals."

Morris-Oakley, Margery U. (Marmy), Dartmouth, NS; Dalhousie University, 1954. Died April 12, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 2 daughters. "Marmy practised in Dartmouth until her retirement in 2000, and also served as the first woman medical officer of health for Dartmouth from 1955 until 1970."

Morrison, George H., Thunder Bay, Ont.; army, WW II; University of Toronto, 1952; internal medicine. Died June 1, 2017, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Mary Louise, and his children and grandchildren. "From 1958 to 1995 he was a partner in the Fort William Clinic in Thunder Bay. After retiring from the clinic, he continued to practise medicine in various roles until 2014. He also served in many leadership roles during his career, including chief of staff at the McKellar General Hospital and St. Joseph's Care Group, and first chief of staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital."

Murray, Haakon O., Kamloops, BC; McGill University, 1947; general surgery. Died May2, 2017, aged 94. Survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. "Haakon settled in Kamloops in 1960, where he joined the Irving Clinic and practised until his retirement."

Nelems, Bill, Kelowna, BC; University of Toronto, 1966; thoracic surgery. Died March 31, 2017, aged 77. Survived by his wife Mary Ellen, 5 daughters and 7 grandchildren. "Bill was a pioneer in his field. He was the first surgeon in Canada to perform a lung transplant and he was the first in the world to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a technique now used routinely. His [last] project was studying for a second medical specialty by writing the Royal College's new exam in pain medicine. He was about to become the oldest Canadian ever to write a Royal College fellowship exam."

Newbigging, Peter D., Newmarket, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1964; internal medicine. Died June 5, 2017, aged 77. Survived by his wife Lois, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. "He practised at the Etobicoke General (William Osler) Hospital for 38 years." A colleague wrote: "Untold hundreds of patients had the benefit of his care, support and understanding. He always gave them his complete attention and listened to their concerns in an unhurried manner."

Pachal, Richard G., Cobble Hill, BC; University of British Columbia, 1994; psychiatry. Died April 10, 2017, aged 65.

Parsons, Edwin L., Stephenville Crossing, Nfld.; Memorial University, 1974. Died May 24, 2017, aged 72. Survived by his wife Myra, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. A former patient wrote: "He was my doctor for over 20 years and a very caring man. I was sad when he gave up his practice — it was hard to get used to a new doctor."

Reddy, U.S. (Stan), Bathurst, NB; Osmania Medical College (India), 1970. Died of cardiac failure April 19, 2017, aged 74. Survived by 3 daughters, their mother, Udumala Vijaya Reddy, and a grandson. "Dr. Reddy worked in the Bathurst area as a general practitioner for over 40 years."

Sobey, Vernon W., Surrey, BC; RCAMC, WW II; Dalhousie University, 1953; general surgery. Died May 16, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. "After his residency in Winnipeg, Vernon practised in Medicine Hat, Alta., for 30 years. There, he and his wife, Ann, raised 2 sons, who subsequently followed their parents into medicine."

Sproule, Brian J., Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1951; pulmonary medicine; Order of Canada. Died April 15, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Marnie, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. A former colleague wrote: "I will always remember him for the guidance he provided during the development of the profession of respiratory therapy. Without his insight, we would not be where we are today."

Stevenson, Joan C., Saskatoon; University of Alberta, 1979; anesthesiology. Died of ovarian cancer April 27, 2017, aged 62. Survived by her husband, Brian Clapson, and 3 children. "Joan spent her professional life within the Saskatoon Health Region's Department of Anesthesiology, where she was noted for her caring and compassionate manner. She received many requests to look after the anesthesia needs of friends, colleagues and their family members. Joan readily did this and considered it a great compliment and privilege."

Swanson, Harold A., Calgary; University of Manitoba, 1955; diagnostic radiology; past president, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta; former director, diagnostic imaging, Calgary General Hospital. Died May 6, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Jeanette, 5 children and 6 grandchildren. "Harold was instrumental in bringing several innovative technologies to the Calgary General Hospital, including CT and MRI. He continued to work as a neuroradiologist into his early 80s, and was passionate about improving the health care system."

Tabarmanaf, Tofigh, Burnaby, BC; Santiago School of Medicine (Dominican Republic), 1998; family medicine. Died April 28, 2017, aged 51.

Toffler, Milada A., Winnipeg; Karlova University (Czechoslovakia), 1956. Died June 2, 2017, aged 87.

Tytaneck, William, St. Catharines, Ont.; Canadian Dental Corps, WW II; University of Toronto, 1957. Died April 30, 2017, aged 94. Survived by his wife Theo, a son, 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. "Despite having established a successful dental practice, Bill's true passion was medicine. Every year he made his application to medical school, and in August of 1953 he walked away from his dental career to study medicine. His career in general practice in St. Catharines spanned 5 decades and saw him make house calls, deliver babies and run an office practice, and he never left the office until everyone was accommodated."

Uptigrove, Ormond J., Calgary; University of Alberta, 1958. Died June 7, 2017, aged 87. Survived by his wife Freda, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. "Ormie felt an early call to the mission field and spent 12 years providing care in rural India before returning to Canada and a medical practice in Three Hills, Alta. He was instrumental in establishing the Emmanuel Hospital Association in India prior to his return to Alberta, ensuring continued medical care for the rural regions of India. Later he established a medical clinic in Three Hills to serve the community. He eventually returned to the mission field, spending 4 years in Haiti and 6 months in Cameroon."

Van Seters, Frederick, Penticton, BC; University of Toronto, 1968; family medicine. Died April 18, 2017, aged 79. Survived by his wife, Joanne Montgomery, and a son. "He moved to Penticton in 1972, where he ran a family practice until his retirement. He suffered from episodes of depression over many years. He lost the battle on April 18, ending his own life."

Verstraten, Karin L., Calgary; University of Calgary, 1988; ophthalmology; clinical assistant professor, University of Calgary. Died April 3, 2017, aged 68. Survived by her husband Rin and a daughter. "While a resident, Karin was referred to as the 'Bionic Woman' after she gave birth and then returned to the ward 4 short days later. After starting in private practice she pursued her passion in ophthalmology and devoted her life to providing her patients with the highest standard of care for over 25 years."

Walton, Robert S., Grand Forks, BC; University of Liverpool (England), 1956. Died April 30, 2017, aged 92.

Weir, Alexander A., Toronto; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1964; family medicine. Died April 21, 2017, aged 83. Survived by his wife Ellen, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Williams, H. Bruce, Westmount, Que.; McGill University, 1955; plastic surgery; emeritus professor of surgery, McGill; former chair, Division of Plastic Surgery, McGill, and former director of its residency program in plastic surgery; former surgeon-in-chief and founder of the Burn Unit, Montreal Children's Hospital; Order of Canada. Died March 24, 2017, aged 87. Survived by 2 sons and 5 grandsons. "Known especially for his work repairing congenital deformities and facial injuries in children, he also pioneered microvascular surgical techniques that have improved the lives of thousands of patients."

Wilson, Donald R., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1942; RCAMC, WW II; general surgery; former chief of surgery, Toronto Western Hospital (TWH). Died April 1, 2017, aged 99. Survived by 2 children and 4 grandchildren. A former colleague wrote: "Dr Wilson was a role model and guide when I was a young surgeon just starting out at the TWH, and for many years after that. He combined wisdom and a very pleasant manner in a way that always inspired confidence. When he was chief, the TWH surgeons were a family."

Wynne-Jones, Megan, Toronto; University of Toronto, 1948. Died May 23, 2017, aged 93. Survived by a granddaughter. "She worked as a staff physician at Student Health Services, U of T, for most of her career, and was actively involved in research (breast cancer at Women's College Hospital, spinal cord injuries at Lyndhurst Hospital and rehabilitation medicine at the U of T)."

Yap, Victor U., Kelowna, BC; Manila Central University (Philippines), 1957. Died March 1, 2017, aged 89.