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October, 2018

Coley, Charles E., Victoria; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1955; general practice. Died Aug. 12, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his wife, Vera. “Charles was educated in Glasgow and became a GP before immigrating to Canada in 1963. [During his career here] the Coleys lived in Red Deer, Alta., Calgary and Victoria.” A former patient wrote: “A wonderful man, expert diagnostician and patient GP.”

Cox, Leonard, Victoria; University of Saskatchewan, 1958; urology. Died Aug. 25, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Greta, 5 children and 14 grandchildren. “[After completing his training], Len settled in Victoria at the invitation of doctors Hopkins and Duxbury to bring the modern practice of pediatric urology to Vancouver Island in 1967. He was the second fellowship-trained pediatric urologist to come to BC, and the first in Victoria. Len had a very full combined adult and pediatric urology practice in association with Dr. Bruce Piercy, and had a special interest in surgical management of erectile dysfunction. Leonard was well loved and respected by his urology group, residents and interns, and especially by his patients. He bore his final illness, metastatic esophageal cancer, with dignity, and in typical Len fashion chose the time and date of his passing, just after his and Greta's 61st wedding anniversary.”

Cunningham, Richard J., Fort Macleod, Alta.; Memorial University, 1974; family medicine. Died July 16, 2018, aged 68. Survived by his wife Wendy and a son. “Richard was born and raised in Newfoundland and practised medicine in many different places throughout his life. He lived and worked in Fort Macleod since early 2015 and really loved being here. Patients were often immediately comfortable in his presence, and appreciated his warm openness and real compassion.”

Davidson, Russell W., Victoria; University of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1954; former surgeon-lieutenant, Royal Navy; general practice. Died Sept. 2, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife, Mary-Wynne Ashford, his first wife, Patricia, 4 daughters, 3 stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. “After completing his training he did 3 years of service in the Royal Navy on HMS Warrior. He observed the hydrogen bomb tests at Christmas Island, an experience so horrifying that he never forgot it. He immigrated to Canada in 1959 and practised family medicine in Victoria. He loved his patients and found medicine a deeply satisfying career for 40 years.” A former patient wrote: “He treated his staff and patients like family because he cared.”

Dundee, Douglas J., North Vancouver; University of Manitoba, 1954; diagnostic radiology. Died Aug. 18, 2018, aged 89.

Dy, Antonio, Ottawa; Far Eastern University (Philippines), 1957; anesthesia. Died Aug. 13, 2018, aged 90. Survived by his wife Gloria, 3 children, 7 granddaughters and 1 great-granddaughter. “He worked as an anesthesiologist in Montreal at the Reddy Memorial Hospital and Jewish General Hospital before retiring in 2001.”

Emmett, Josephine M. (Josie), Canmore, Alta.; University of Alberta, 1970; family medicine. Died Aug. 19, 2018, aged 71. Survived by her husband, Dr. James Emmett, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “Her proudest achievement was being named Family Physician of the Year for Alberta by the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2006. Josephine was an innovator in delivery-of-care models in family practice. She was a founding member of the Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network and the Low Risk Maternity Care Clinic. Dedicated to providing obstetric care in a family practice setting, she delivered over 3,000 children during her career. Josephine was also active in medical politics, serving as president of the Foothills Hospital Medical Staff in 1988. In 1996, she became the first elected president of the Calgary Regional Staff Association.” A former colleague wrote: “She was a great role model in the early days at Foothills Hospital. So many activities, so much generosity.”

Garry, John D., Vancouver; Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland), 1961; British army; public health. Died Aug. 12, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Julie, 2 children and a grandchild. “After 5 years with the British army as a GP, he immigrated to Canada in 1969 and dedicated his career to public health in British Columbia. He had a strong sense of public duty and felt a responsibility to his community, so in his spare time he continued his military interest as a medical officer in the army reserve.”

Ip, Lt.-Col. Wang-Chun William (Bill), Brandon, Man.; University of Toronto, 2003; internal medicine, critical care medicine; Canadian Forces Medical Service. Died Aug. 1, 2018, aged 42. The Canadian Forces reported: “Lt.-Col. Ip joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2000 as a medical officer, and following his specialization in internal medicine he was posted to 1 Canadian Field Hospital and was based out of Winnipeg. During his nearly 18-year military career Lt.-Col. Ip was a skilled and compassionate clinician, and he will be sorely missed.”

Ireland, Desmond J. (Des), Winnipeg; University of Sydney (Australia), 1953; otolaryngology; professor emeritus, University of Manitoba. Died Sept. 15, 2018, aged 88. Survived by his wife Donna, 4 children and 5 grandchildren. “Des was born in Sydney, Australia, and knew from a very young age he would become a physician. In 1958 he left Australia to further his training in Chicago. A year later he settled in Brandon, Man., and set-up a private clinical practice. He subsequently made the move to Winnipeg in 1975 to carry on his clinical practice, and later became head of the Department of Otolaryngology. He very much enjoyed his time teaching medical students and residents, as well as time spent doing vestibular research with his colleagues.”

Lam, Van Thach, Mont-Royal, Que.; University of Saigon (South Vietnam), 1959; physical medicine and rehabilitation. Died July 1, 2018, aged 87.

Lemire, Joseph J., Outremont, Que.; Université de Montréal, 1957; general surgery. Died Aug. 3, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

MacDonald, Peter M., Charlottetown; Dalhousie University, 1953; general practice. Died Sept. 25, 2017, aged 96.

Milrod, Samuel, North York, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1943; Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, WW II; general surgery. Died Aug. 25, 2018, aged 99. Survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Sam was a highly skilled and innovative surgeon (when asked ‘what kind of doctor were you,’ he would answer ‘a good one’). He was also a WW II veteran who got his first surgical training on the battlefield, as well as a highly accomplished classical pianist and devotee of classical music, a master duplicate bridge player and a gracious, gentle, modest man for whom family was everything.”

Miyauchi, David K., Calgary; University of Alberta, 1960; psychiatry; professor of psychiatry, University of Calgary and Foothills Hospital; former president, medical staff, Foothills Hospital. Died July 6, 2018, aged 84. Survived by his wife, Betty MacRae, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “David worked hard to try and improve mental health and suicide prevention in Alberta. He had also worked on a world task force on suicide prevention during his career.”

Mount, Henry T. (James), Ottawa; Queen’s University, 1957; ophthalmology. Died Aug. 30, 2018, aged 86. Survived by his wife Ursula, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “In 1964 Jim began a career at the Ottawa Civic and Ottawa General hospitals as the city’s first neuro-ophthalmologist, with a faculty appointment at the University of Ottawa. He developed national prominence as a master diagnostician and was a highly respected mentor to generations of ophthalmology residents. He was also a pioneer in the emerging field of electroretinography, with a particular clinical interest in retinal degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. He championed the Ottawa-Hull Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and developed deep ties with many families and patients across Ontario and western Quebec. He also performed research in expert-systems design with collaborators at the National Research Council, and served on the federal advisory Scientific and Technological Council of Canada.”

Murray, Andrew B., West Vancouver; University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1951; pediatrics; professor of pediatrics, University of British Columbia; first head, Division of Allergy, BC Children’s Hospital. Died June 24, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Molly, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “He was recognized widely for his research concerning asthmatic children exposed to second-hand smoke and house dust mites. After retiring in 1992 he attended art school, and he continued to paint, mountain climb and kayak for many years.”

Nedilski, Morris M., Etobicoke, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1954; internal medicine. Died March 24, 2018, aged 88. Survived by 2 children. “He practised internal medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto for over 40 years.”

Nemirovsky, Mario S., Québec; University of Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1960; general practice. Died July 21, 2018, aged 88.

North, Robert H., Brampton, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1963; otolaryngology. Died Aug. 15, 2018, aged 80. Survived by his wife Karen, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “After his training he settled in Brampton, where he practised for close to 50 years and had the unwavering respect and admiration of colleagues and staff at the Peel Memorial and Brampton Civic hospitals. He was a seasoned physician who loved his career, and in turn his countless patients loved him, knowing that when they stepped into his office they would be listened to and receive excellent care. His family, friends and neighbours could always rely on ‘Doctor Bob’ for an authoritative diagnosis and calming assurance.” A former patient wrote: “Dr. North was one of those doctors who walked into the room and one said, ‘Oh, everything is going to be alright now.’ ”

Parlea, Ileana C., Breslau, Ont.; Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania), 1978; family medicine. Died June 21, 2018, aged 64. Survived by her husband Oliviu, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. A former patient wrote: “She was a lovely lady.”

Rouleau, Yves, Québec; Université Laval, 1948; psychiatry. Died Sept. 12, 2018, aged 95. Survived by his wife, Hélène Gervais, 3 children, 4 stepchildren, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. “He has been practising medicine for over 60 years, mainly at Saint-Sacrement Hospital. He practised with professionalism, rigor and passion.”

Sarwal, Shailini R., Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1995; internal medicine, infectious diseases. Died Aug. 31, 2018, aged 48. Survived by his husband, Randall Tresidder. “Born in Halifax, I was a graduate of Dalhousie medical school, McMaster University residencies in internal medicine and medical microbiology, a fellowship in infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. I had an amazing career in public health and the only thing I loved more than stamping out disease and pestilence was teaching others how to do the same. As my final act of teaching, after my organs were donated my brain was left to the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank.”

Seary, John M., St. John’s; University of London (England), 1963; diagnostic radiology. Died Aug. 26, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Diane, 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “In 1953 he moved with his parents to St. John’s when his father was appointed head of the Faculty of English at Memorial University. John attended Memorial University and studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital, England. He returned to Newfoundland in 1965, where he entered general practice. In 1975 he continued studies by enrolling at Dalhousie for training as a specialist in radiology and ultrasound. In this capacity, he practised at the Grace General Hospital in St. John’s until his retirement in 2005.”

Segal, Samuel, Vancouver; University of British Columbia, 1970; general practice. Died June 28, 2018, aged 73. Survived by his wife Beverly and 2 children.

Smith, Robert L. (Bob), Rothesay, NB; Royal Canadian Air Force, WW II; Dalhousie University, 1953; pediatrics. Died Sept. 7, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his wife Kaye, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. “At 70, after 40 years of being Dr. Smith, he stopped and became Bob, volunteer art hanger and carpenter-at-large, garden club regular and museum tour guide. His legacy is 2 generations of babies who are healthier for having known him. His first patients in Saint John are in their 60s now, and his last patients would be in their 20s, but everyone is a little healthier — and some are alive —- because they went down those 5 steps on 107B Carmarthen Street, sat next to the large cartoon characters painted on the wall, and rode the old hobby horse until the doctor could see them.”

Spencer, Louis R. (Bob), Toronto; Cambridge University (England), 1949; general practice. Died Nov. 4, 2017, aged 93. Survived by his wife Joan, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. “After earning his medical degree, Bob joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in the early 1950s and moved to Canada. Together, he and Joan built a bustling private practice out of their home in suburban Don Mills, where he became one of the true pioneers of family medicine in Ontario. With a droll wit as sharp as any scalpel, he was adored by patients for his multidisciplinary and preventive brand of personalized medicine. Skeptical by nature, he was nevertheless an early adopter of healing modalities like acupuncture, provided they worked for his patients.”

Stephen, Leonard J., Saint John, NB; Dalhousie University, 1949; family medicine; former commander, New Brunswick Medical Company, Canadian Forces; life member, New Brunswick Medical Society; chief medical officer, NB Workmen’s Compensation Board, 1959-1973; former director, Dr. William F. Roberts Children’s Hospital. Died July 4, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his wife Roxina, 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “Leonard was a leader in the Lebanese community and had an avid interest in the settlement of the Lebanese community in Saint John. He was also a lifetime member of the Canadian Lebanon Association, and served as its president for 5 years.”

Swain, Robert G., Nanaimo, BC; University of London (England), 1959; general practice. Died Aug. 20, 2018, aged 82.

Tan, Hin, Toronto; University of Toronto, 1980; family medicine. Died Aug. 11, 2018, aged 63. Survived by his partner, Carlo Vigna. “He lived with dignity through a diagnosis of cancer for several years. He was a dedicated family doctor, a passionate follower of the performing arts (theatre and opera), and a skilled creative force in the kitchen.”

Wagner, Elisabeth M. (Lis), Calgary; University of Saskatchewan, 1994; obstetrics and gynecology. Died of breast cancer Sept, 16, 2018, aged 53. Survived by her husband, Rob Corson, 2 daughters and a stepdaughter. “Lis delivered countless babies during her almost 20-year career at the Peter Lougheed Centre (PLC), treating each patient with compassion and respect. A skilled surgeon, she was also a trusted teacher and mentor to many residents and junior colleagues. She advocated for optimal patient care as a medical leader at the PLC, and was a valued colleague and friend to many in the O&G community.”

Wheler, Robert J. (Jim), Oakville, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1957; general practice. Died Aug. 10, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife Ruth, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Jim grew up in The Beaches area of Toronto, where his father was a family doctor for 45 years. After graduating from medical school he enjoyed a busy family practice in Weston, Ont., for 35 years. He was a kind, gentle and caring doctor who also served as the medical director of York University for 23 years, and was attending physician for the National Ballet for 27 years.”

White, David F., Dartmouth, NS; University of Western Ontario, 1959; oncology, hematology. Died Sept. 10, 2018, aged 83. Survived by his wife Wilma, 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. “After specialty training in England, David returned to Canada and became senior medical oncologist at Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. He then became head of medical oncology for the Nova Scotia Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation. He was subsequently recruited to open the new cancer clinic in Saskatchewan and became medical director of the Saskatchewan Cancer Foundation. David practised, published and lectured on the difficult subject of cancer at a time when research was formative.”

Zamorski, Mark A., Ottawa; Michigan State University (US), 1989; family medicine. Died Aug. 17, 2018, aged 56. Survived by his husband, Phillip Edwards. “Mark graduated from Michigan State University in 1989. He then completed a family practice residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals, and spent 9 years on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan before immigrating to Canada in 2002. In Canada, Mark led the Research and Analysis Section of the Directorate of Mental Health for the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, specializing in epidemiologic and health services research on mental health problems in military personnel. He was an author or co-author on more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters and more than 170 other abstracts, reports and monographs. His work was recognized through the 2013 Major Sir Frederick Banting MC, RCAMC Award for military and veteran health research. In 2016, he received a Meritorious Service Medal at Rideau Hall in recognition of his contribution to the development and implementation of a post-deployment mental health screening program for Canadian military personnel.”