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November, 2017

Abbott, Edith, Oro Station, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1945; psychiatry. Died April 9, 2017, aged 96.

Ahmad, Mohammad M., Didsbury, Alta.; Khyber Medical College (Pakistan), 1964. Died Sept. 28, 2017, aged 78. Survived by his wife Christine. A friend wrote: “A wonderful doctor, gifted surgeon, kind and generous human being.”

Asche, Gerd A., Hope, BC; Friedrich Wilhelm University (West Germany), 1951; family medicine. Died Sept. 18, 2017, aged 97. Survived by a daughter and 3 grandchildren. “Dr. Gerd was a long-time member of the Hope community who started practising medicine in the 1950s. He was very active and especially enjoyed flying his airplanes, and he also lent his skills to the aviation authorities as an aviation medical examiner. During his retirement years he was very involved as a writer, and published a number of books.”

Beeston, Chris M., Brandon, Man.; Ireland; family medicine; head, emergency medicine, Brandon Regional Health Centre (BRHC). Died of prostate cancer Oct. 1, 2017, aged 43. Survived by his wife Stacey and 3 children. “The family asks that those attending Chris’s service dress in casual attire or Beestonstrong shirts. Children, on-call doctors, pagers and radios are all welcome. Chris lived life to the fullest extent, cherished each moment, and would encourage everyone to do the same. He would ask that we lead with kindness in everything we do.” An ultrasound technician wrote: “I knew Dr. Beeston through the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the BRHC. He came over on numerous occasions and asked, ‘Are you able to fit in an ultrasound for this patient?’, and then he would launch into a very detailed clinical history. We usually replied, ‘Absolutely, Dr. Beeston, what is the patient’s name so we can be ready for the requisition?’ He would look down at his jeans that had several patient identification stickers on them, and pick them off one by one until he found the correct one and presented it to us! It was a small thing, but it made me chuckle every time.”

Burt, John C., Prince Albert, Sask.; University of London (England), 1954; family medicine. Died Sept. 14, 2017, aged 89. Survived by his wife Pamela, 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. “John was a family physician for 40 years. He served as chief of staff at the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert and as president of the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1993, he was named Physician of the Year.”

Calder, Thomas L., West Vancouver; McGill University, 1953. Died Sept. 15, 2017, aged 89, after complications from a stroke. Survived by 4 children and 3 grandchildren. “After medical school Tom moved to West Vancouver, where he practised medicine for 47 years. Dr. Tom’s busy practice was old-style, full-service medicine with house calls, deliveries, surgery, hospital rounds and care of all ages, including a tender focus on the elderly. Tom loved and lived medicine, and was a respected member of the medical staff at Lions Gate Hospital until his retirement in 2000. His other passion was music. He never walked anywhere without humming or whistling like a one-man marching band. His ‘Doctors’ Band,’ which comprised retired physicians, played for nursing home residents throughout the year, with some band members older than the audience.”

Cree, David, Caledonia, Ont.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1971; family medicine. Died July 21, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his partner Irene, ex-wife Elaine, 2 children and 2 granddaughters. “In 1981 he and his family arrived in Caledonia, Ont., where he practised family medicine until 1990. He earned a clinical behavioural sciences diploma in 1992, co-led male-survivor-of-sexual-abuse groups beginning in late 1990, and began treating survivors of sexual abuse in 1992. Later he developed a special interest in psychotherapy and began practising full-time GP psychotherapy in 2000. He continued to do so until November 2015, when he retired due to illness. He was also interested in the politics of health care, and was chair of the Ontario Medical Association for 10 years. David believed in equal rights for all people, regardless of class, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender.”

Emson, Harry E., Saskatoon; Oxford University (England), 1952; Royal Army Medical Corps; general pathology; past president, Canadian Association of Pathologists. Died Oct. 17, 2017, aged 89. Survived by 2 children and a grandson. “Harry came to Saskatoon in 1956, and was director of laboratories at St. Paul’s Hospital from 1960 to 1975. From 1975 to 1990 he was professor and head of the Department of Pathology in the College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan, and head of pathology at the University Hospital. He also taught in medical ethics and served as chair of the Committee on General Pathology for the Royal College.” A former neighbour recalled: “When we were kids and our parents were going away, my mother would take care to point to the list of contacts she’d recorded, in case of emergency. Then she’d turn to us and say, ‘But, if you’re in trouble, real trouble, call Harry.’ ”

Feore, Dermot R., St. John’s, Nfld.; University College of Cork (Ireland), 1955; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 7, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Elaine, 7 children, 14 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and his first wife, Sarah Dowling Feore. “Dermot practised medicine as a radiologist for 54 years and retired, reluctantly, at the age of 80. He loved and cherished his many friends, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than to spend hours with them around a piano or a table, glass in hand.”

Gilmour, George R., Prince Albert, Sask.; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1963; ophthalmology. Died Sept. 27, 2017, aged 80. Survived by his wife Margaret, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. “George and his family came to Prince Albert in 1968, and he practised there and in many communities in the North until 2011. He was a past president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and former chief of staff at the Holy Family Hospital. He was also an avid and loyal fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.”

Heyworth, James R., Sechelt, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1968. Died Sept. 1, 2017, aged 79. “Jim graduated from UBC in electrical engineering in 1961 and worked as a communications engineer in Montréal until entering UBC medical school in 1964. He completed his internship in 1969 and joined the medical staff at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 1973. He remained there as head of biomedical engineering until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.”

Hillier, Mark R., Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1987. Died Sept. 17, 2017, aged 61.

Logan, Lawther (Pat), Calgary; Royal Navy, WW II; McGill University, 1950; internal medicine, cardiology. Died Sept. 21, 2017, aged 94. Survived by his wife Joan, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “Pat arrived in Calgary in 1956 and established the first cardiology practice in the city. He continued this work for over 35 years, and was much loved by patients for his conscientious and compassionate care. Pat also established the Intensive Care Unit at the Calgary General Hospital, where he was also director of cardiology.” A colleague wrote: “The Heart & Stroke Foundation is so grateful to Dr. Logan for his leadership as a cardiologist in Calgary and as a founding director of the Heart Foundation in Alberta.”

Lombard, Bartholomeus, de Winton, Alta.; South Africa, 1989. Died Sept. 21, 2017, aged 51.

Longden, Douglas E., Arundel, UK; Cambridge University (England), 1954. Died Sept. 30, 2017, aged 91.

Manswell, Clyde B., Winnipeg; University of Ghent (Belgium), 1972; psychiatry. Died Oct. 14, 2017, aged 81. Survived by his wife Irene, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Clyde obtained his medical degree in Belgium in 1972 and completed his specialty training in psychiatry in Winnipeg in 1976. He was a dedicated psychiatrist in Winnipeg for over 30 years, providing his patients not only with sound advice but also with a part of his generous heart. He participated in clinical studies, taught psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, and authored 2 books.”

Millar, Leslie P., Winnipeg; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1954. Died Sept. 16, 2017, aged 90. Survived by 4 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “Leslie joined the air force as a young man and reached the rank of sergeant. He was a parachutist instructor who logged over 60 jumps. After his military service, Leslie became a physician and practised for over 20 years. He retired at age 52 to become an artist, graduating in fine arts from the University of Manitoba in 1985. His own and his daughters’ homes are filled with his colourful and wonderful larger-than-life paintings.”

Mitchell, James R., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1943; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 14, 2017, aged 97. Survived by 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Jim graduated just in time to head off and serve at the tail end of WW II. Last November ‘Grandpa’ was the featured speaker at his great-granddaughter Rachel’s class show and tell, and he captivated the Grade 2 audience with stories of his time as a medical officer in England and Belgium. After the war, Jim and Catherine settled in Fort Garry in Winnipeg. It was the cusp of the baby boom, and Jim determined that following his father’s footsteps into obstetrics and gynecology was a worthy path. There are many in Winnipeg who credit him with bringing their babies into the world. In 2000, the Canadian Medical Association awarded Jim a lifetime achievement award to recognize his contributions to the medical profession, both as a practitioner and as associate professor in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.”

Murray, Eric J., Innisfil, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; family medicine. Died Oct. 8, 2017, aged 95. Survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. “Eric was former director of the Professional Service Branch, Health Insurance Division, Ontario Ministry of Health.”

Rebbeck, Patricia M., Vancouver; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1959; general surgery. Died Sept. 22, 2017, aged 82. “After graduating in Scotland, Pat interned in Montréal before moving to Vancouver and accomplishing her goal of becoming a surgeon, gravitating towards breast cancer and melanoma surgery. Of note, Pat became the first female surgical resident in Vancouver and the fourth female to be certified in general surgery in Canada. Pat also taught medical students and surgical residents throughout her career, and served on the BC Medical Journal Editorial Board for 27 years. After arthritis in her hands forced Pat from active surgery, she became a deputy registrar at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.”

Rhodes, John R., Waterloo, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1955; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 8, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his first wife, Muriel, 3 children, 2 stepchildren, 5 grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren. “After graduating he spent a year in family practice in Oshawa, Ont., then returned to Victoria Hospital in London, Ont., to specialize in diagnostic radiology. He came to Kitchener-Waterloo and the KW Hospital in 1960, and in 1965 he opened his first of a series of private X-ray clinics in Kitchener and Waterloo.”

Richards, Robert T., Langley, BC; University of Western Ontario, 1962; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 15, 2017, aged 78.

Roth, Nathan. Waterloo, Ont.; Queen’s University, 2015; resident, emergency medicine. Died following a paddle-boarding accident Sept. 19, 2017, aged 29. Survived by his wife Kristy, his parents and a sister. The Queen’s University medical school commented: “You have lost a loving husband, son and brother, his classmates have lost a loyal and inspiring colleague, and the world has lost a caring and committed physician.”

Royle, Norman D. (Derek), Kelowna, BC; Victoria University of Manchester (England), 1955; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 19, 2017, aged 88. Survived by his wife Ilva, 4 children, 7 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. “As a busy obstetrician Derek worked long hours looking after his patients, and he welcomed many a baby to Kelowna during his long career. During this time he trained as a colposcopist, and he continued to offer this important service after retiring from regular office practice in 1991. He enjoyed the final years of his medical career as a surgical assistant, and retired completely in 2002.”

So, Yan P., New Westminster, BC; University of British Columbia, 1958. Died Sept. 22, 2017, aged 85.

Taylor, Hugh, Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1957; pediatrics; past president, Canadian Paediatric Society. Died Sept. 30, 2017, aged 86. Survived by 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “After training Hugh returned to Winnipeg in 1964, where he joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Manitoba Clinic and became famous for his jellybean jar and bushy eyebrows and had the privilege of caring for countless infants and children over his 40-year career. Hugh was also active in teaching at the University of Manitoba and served as president of the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital.” A former patient recalled: “I still remember how he was able to make the first shots I had quick and painless by making me count backwards as fast as I could. During my countdown he stuck me with the needle, and I didn’t even notice. No one could ask for a better doctor.”

Trupp, Howard C., Brantford, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1953; psychiatry. Died Oct. 2, 2017, aged 88. Survived by 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Howard received his training at the University of Toronto and practised in Brantford for many years.”

Vallely, John F., London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1972; urology. Died Oct. 14, 2017, aged 70. Survived by his wife Susan and 2 children. “John retired in 2008 from a distinguished career as a urologist, both in surgery and in teaching in London.”

Wightman, Patricia A., Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1956; psychiatry. Died Sept. 18, 2017, aged 85. Survived by her husband Clive, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “After graduating, Pat practised anesthesia until 1978. She then made a significant career change and started studying psychiatry. She obtained her fellowship in 1982 and practised psychiatry at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg until her retirement in June 2017. In the course of her career she received awards from the Schizophrenia Society and the Mood Disorder Association, and in 2014 she was made an honorary member of the Canadian Medical Association.”