In memoriam (October 2022)
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Maureen Phyllis Briscoe, MD/CM, FRCPC, died on June 2, 2022, in Kingston, Ont., at age 87. Dr. Briscoe was certified by the Royal College in Pediatrics in 1966. She was one of the first physicians to participate in the Queen’s Moose Factory Program, (now the Queen’s Weeneebayko Program), providing pediatric care to local Indigenous communities. She also established a clinical allergy practice that provided care to over 25,000 pediatric and adult patients. Read more about Dr. Briscoe.
David Guy Wills , MD, FRCPC, died on June 14, 2022, in Halifax, N.S., at age 88. Dr. Wills was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1972. Throughout a medical career spanning 44 years, he practised Anesthesiology at multiple hospitals in Toronto and Halifax. He also served as acting chief of Anesthesiology at Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax from 1987 to 1990. Read more about Dr. Wills.
Kenneth Walter Turnbull, MD, FRCPC, died on July 3, 2022, in Delta, B.C., at age 84. Dr. Turnbull was certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology in 1972. For most of his career, he practised Anesthesiology within the cardiac surgery intensive care unit. He is remembered as someone who was always willing to share his knowledge and support to those around him, serving on many committees and mentoring residents, students and colleagues. Read more about Dr. Turnbull.
MacDonald Caza, MD, FRCSC, died on July 11, 2022, in Saint-Zotique, Que., at age 95. Dr. Caza was certified by the Royal College in General Surgery in 2011. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Ottawa in 1952. He will be missed by his family and friends. Read more about Dr. Caza.
Andrew van der Westhuizen, MD, FRCPC, died on June 30, 2022, in Kamloops, B.C., at age 36. Dr. van der Westhuizen was certified by the Royal College in Diagnostic Radiology in 2018. He acted as a role model and mentor for all those around him. He had a lifelong passion for hockey and he participated annually in the Vernon Doctors’ Hockey Tournament in Vernon, B.C. Read more about Dr. van der Westhuizen.
Jean-Pierre Collins, MD, FRCPC, died on July 21, 2022, in Laval, Que., at age 78. Dr. Collins was certified by the Royal College in Dermatology in 1972. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Montreal in 1967. A dedicated Royal College volunteer, he was a member of the Dermatology Examination Board for several years. Read more about Dr. Collins.
Barry Allen Martin, MD, FRCPC, died on August 23, 2022, in Bracebridge, Ont., at age 77. Dr. Martin was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1975. For 25 years, he was head of the Electroconvulsive Therapy Program at The Clarke Institute / Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto where he practised Psychiatry for the duration of his career. He also conducted outreach practices at several community and senior centres. Read more about Dr. Martin.
Lindsay McNiven Lawson, MD/CM, FRCPC, died on June 9, 2022, in Victoria, B.C., at age 75. Dr. Lawson was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine (1979) and Respirology (1982). A member of the Royal College Respirology Examination Board for several years, she was also a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and practised for 33 years at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. Her areas of interest included the pulmonary complications of HIV-disease and the management of asthma. Read more about Dr. Lawson.
Charles Maurice Godfrey, OC, MD, FRCPC, died on July 24, 2022, in Madoc, Ont., at age 104. Dr. Godfrey was certified by the Royal College in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1958. He taught at the University of Toronto for over 20 years and practised medicine until he was 102 – a remarkable career spanning close to 70 years. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1989 in recognition of his achievements. Read more about Dr. Godfrey.
Murray Dale Krahn, MD, FRCPC, died on July 1, 2022, in Toronto, Ont., at age 65. Dr. Krahn was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1989. He worked for several years as a staff physician at Toronto General Hospital where he enjoyed mentoring and training. He also helped found the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment Collaborative where he was director for 13 years. Read more about Dr. Krahn.
Sylvia Lynne Saunders, MD, FRCPC, died on July 8, 2022, in Saint John, N.B., at age 75. Dr. Saunders was certified by the Royal College in Radiation Oncology (1993) and Anatomical Pathology (1997). She volunteered on the Royal College Radiation Oncology Examination Board for several years. Before obtaining her medical degree from Queen’s University in 1986, she was the first commanding officer of the Navy League of Canada. Read more about Dr. Saunders.
Patrick L. McGeer, MD, FRCPC, died on August 29, 2022, in Vancouver, B.C., at age 95. Dr. McGeer was certified by the Royal College in Neurology in 1998. Together with his wife, Dr. Edith Graef, he co-authored three books and more than 1,000 research papers which contributed toward groundbreaking treatments of diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s. Read more about Dr. McGeer.
Kiri Simms, MD, FRCPC, died on August 3, 2022, in North Saanich, B.C., at age 64. Dr. Simms was certified by the Royal College in Psychiatry in 1998. She worked as a Victoria-based emergency psychiatrist for close to 20 years and made significant contributions to the Psychiatry medical education program on Vancouver Island. Read more about Dr. Simms.
Charles Gordon Cameron, MD, FRCPC, died on August 5, 2022, in Scarborough, Ont., at age 101. Dr. Cameron was certified by the Royal College in Internal Medicine in 1952. After obtaining his medical degree in 1944, he served as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. In 1954, he was part of the founding staff of Scarborough General Hospital, serving as the hospital’s first chief of medicine and ending his career as director of the Crockford Pavilion. Read more about Dr. Cameron.
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