In Memoriam

Lives well lived


Dr. Natalie Mary DYER, in 2022. Natalie was an anesthesiologist at Humber Memorial Hospital in Toronto before joining the team opening the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Toronto’s west end. Her husband, Dr. Allan Dyer (Class of 6T7), invented VAX-D, a vertebral axial decompression bed to treat herniated discs. Later, Natalie joined Allan in establishing the VAX-D Medical Technologies company. Both Natalie and Allan retired in their 90s. One of Natalie’s two daughters is Dr. Cinda Dyer from the Class of 8T4.


Dr. Berton GRAPES, on November 3, 2022. Berton was a surgeon and the Chief of Staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Ontario. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and travelling with friends and family. To Berton, community service was important; he was the President of the Galt Rotary Club and the Rotary District Governor, heading more than 50 Rotary clubs. Family’s memorial


Dr. Wilford Lloyd ANDERSON, at age 96, on March 22, 2023, in Oakville, Ontario. For 42 years, Wilf was a family physician in Oakville. He lived a full life. An accomplished pianist, he played hockey, football, and basketball, and was passionate about golf. In the 1960s, Wilf and two business partners developed the Upper Canada Golf and Country Club on land they purchased from Jesuit priests. Later, the partners sold their interest in the golf course, which is now known as Glen Abbey Golf Club. Family’s memorial

Dr. James Thompson COLQUHOUN, at age 95, on December 9, 2022, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. After two years of internship, Jim returned to his hometown of Port Arthur, Ontario. He practised family medicine at the Port Arthur Clinic for 60 years, doing house calls, delivering babies, taking shifts in the hospital’s emergency room, and assisting in its operating room. Jim also assumed many leadership roles: he was the Chief of Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Port Arthur and on the executive of the Thunder Bay Medical Society, Ontario Medical Association, and Canadian Medical Association. He was the first doctor from northern Ontario to be the President of the OMA. Jim often said he had the best job in the world. Family’s memorial

Dr. Edward NAPKE, at age 99, on February 13, 2023. The focus of Ed’s practice was pharmacovigilance. In 1963, the Canada Food and Drug Directorate asked him to help implement new regulations following the thalidomide tragedy. His work eventually gave rise to Canada’s Poison Control and Drug Adverse Reaction Program. After retiring from Health Canada in 1990, he continued as an honorary consultant to WHO’s Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring while he was well in his 90s. An activist by nature, Ed took on leadership roles for numerous causes. As the President of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association, for example, he successfully advocated for Ottawa’s first bylaw to prohibit smoking in some public places. Ed was passionate about jazz, jitterbug dancing, theatre, and travel. Family’s memorial

Dr. Helen Louise Eydt REESOR, at age 97, on January 25, 2023. Helen had a family practice in Waterloo, Ontario, and also worked at University of Waterloo Health Services. As well, she served as the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. After retiring, she participated in Singing Waters Ministries near Orangeville, Ontario, and travelled with the “Marney Patterson Invitation to Live” team. Family’s memorial


Dr. Harry ABRAMSON, on January 10, 2023. Harry was a cardiologist in Toronto. Family’s memorial

Dr. James Ewart CHARTERS, at age 95, on March 10, 2023, in Whitby, Ontario. After serving as a Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Medical Service, Ewart moved to Alliston, Ontario, where he was a general practitioner from 1960 to 1978. Then, he moved to Mobile, Alabama, where he practised until 1998. Ewart collected antique clocks and enjoyed sharing his knowledge of clocks with his friends and the clock community. Family’s memorial


Dr. Ralph FLORENCE, on December 27, 2022. Ralph was a dermatologist. In his spare time, he enjoyed golf. Family’s memorial

Dr. Patricia Jane IRWIN, née Scully, at age 91, on September 18, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario. In 1963, Patricia became Cornwall’s first female doctor. She was married to Dr. Max Irwin, also from the Class of 5T5, who died in 2017. Family’s memorial

Dr. William Ross WALTERS, at age 92, on September 26, 2022, in Hanover, Ontario. Classmates may remember Bill (“Bucky”) as an athlete, playing on the Varsity Blues hockey and football teams. After graduating, he interned in Wichita, Kansas, and studied urology at the Cleveland Clinic. On returning to Canada, Bill practised in Caledonia, Ontario, with a senior physician. Then from 1963 to 1993, he had a general practice in Mildmay, Ontario, with hospital privileges at the general hospital in Walkerton. After retiring, Bill did numerous locums in various communities in northern Ontario until his mid-70s. He enjoyed golf and travelled with the North American Medical Golf Association through the United States and Europe. He lived at his country home and loved sighting deer on his front field. Family’s memorial


Dr. Sorrell Harold WAXMAN, at age 94, on February 26, 2023, in Kahala, Hawaii. After finishing his residency in Seattle, Washington, Sam moved to Hawaii, the home of his soon-to-be bride, and began his pediatrics practice at Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu. Sam specialized in endocrinology and metabolism there until 2014. He was also a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu and involved in early growth hormone (GH) studies. Sam became the GH thought leader on the islands and was a key contributor in all Genentech GH studies. He dedicated much of his free time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Family’s memorial


Dr. Hisashi MATSUSAKI, at age 94, on March 12, 2023. Hi was a physician in Hamilton for more than 30 years. Family’s memorial


Dr. Ronald William Roy CHARLTON, at age 91, on October 5, 2022, in Toronto. For more than 35 years, Ron had a private practice that served the Toronto communities of Highland Creek and West Hill. Then for 15 years, he was the family physician at Scarborough Retirement Residence. Ron retired at the age of 86. After practising his golf swings at home and playing many, many rounds at Whitevale Golf Course, he sunk a hole in one. Family’s memorial


Dr. Paul GREENHOW, at age 89, on December 27, 2022. Paul interned in Toledo, Ohio, and practised family medicine for a short period. He then trained in diagnostic radiology and had a long, successful career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, and London X-Ray Associates (LXA). For many years, he managed the LXA practice, gaining a reputation for arriving at work early and leaving late. After retiring from full-time practice, he did locums at various hospitals in southwestern Ontario, including Four Counties Hospital in Newbury where he served as Chief of Diagnostic Imaging. At age 75, he suffered a stroke that forced him to stop practising. With the assistance of the stroke rehabilitation program at Parkwood Institute in London, he was able to enjoy another 14 years of life. Paul spent summers at Hall’s Lake in Haliburton, Ontario, where his family and relatives have been cottagers for more than a hundred years. He also spent many winters vacationing in Sarasota, Florida. Family’s memorial


Dr. Marvin SAZANT, on November 15, 2022, in Toronto. Family’s memorial

Dr. Norman Morton WOLFISH, at age 86, on July 18, 2022. Norman did a residency in pediatrics at the University of Toronto and then a pediatric nephrology fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. In 1968, he started practising as a pediatric nephrologist at Ottawa General Hospital. Then in 1974, Norman began working at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, retiring in 2007. He received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for advocating for children who had been abused and people with a drug addiction. Family’s memorial


Dr. Hilda Christina HANLEY (MALISEK), at age 85, on January 7, 2023, in Milford, Connecticut. Hilda was a physician/endocrinologist for 43 years in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  She was predeceased by her sister Dr. Phyllis Hanley Ross (Class of 5T8). Family’s memorial

Dr. Ernest M. ZIMMERMAN, on November 27, 2022. After graduating, Ernest moved to New York City where he trained in ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University. Then he set up a practice in Washington, D.C. Ernest was proud to have served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Family’s memorial


Dr. William Anthony CAWKELL, at age 84, on November 19, 2022. After graduating, Will completed a two-year internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Then for two years, he served with Care Medico in Algeria and Malaysia. Arriving in Vernon, British Columbia, in 1968, he practised as a family physician for 46 years. Family’s memorial

Dr. Franklin Wayne FURLONG, at age 81, on October 25, 2022, in Thornhill, Ontario. Wayne enjoyed a 53-year career as a forensic psychiatrist. He was an avid canoeist, skier, and traveller who was equally enthusiastic about his activities at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. Family’s memorial


Dr. Robert Charles APPS, at age 81, on February 18, 2023. Family’s memorial


Dr. Bernard (Ben) BARTH, at age 81, on October 31, 2022. Family’s memorial

Dr. Ronald Peter PEROFF, at age 80, on October 10, 2022. Sitting on a tropical beach on New Year’s Day, knowing that Canada was covered in snow, Ron decided his medical practice would be in Hawaii. For over 50 years, Ron was an ear, nose, and throat physician with the Honolulu Medical Group; he also had a private practice. He was the President of the Honolulu Medical Society and on several medical committees. While at the University of Toronto, the newspaper dubbed him “Rocket Ron” for his incredible running speed. In Hawaii, he ran the Honolulu Marathon in less than three hours on several occasions, joining the 4% of the world’s fastest runners. Ron had planned to retire in December 2022. Family’s memorial


Dr. Charles Dennis WHITTY, on December 11, 2022, in St. Catharines, Ontario. Before studying medicine, Dennis earned a master’s of science in plant biochemistry at the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in plant physiology and biochemistry at Purdue University in Hammond, Indiana. After graduating from medicine, he worked in the emergency department at Welland County General Hospital, Ontario, and in 1980 started his own practice in St. Catharines, where he later became the Chief of Staff at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Dennis liked photography, skiing, and flying a plane to destinations such as Edmonton and Miami. Family’s memorial


Dr. Bryan McCLELLAND, at age 69, on December 1, 2022. For nearly 50 years, Bryan practised in both Canada and the United States. He enjoyed sailing, hang gliding, reading, and football. Family’s memorial


Dr. James Arthur Charles HENRY, at age 69, on November 30, 2022. Jim was a family physician in St. Catharines, Ontario, for 37 years. He spent as much time as possible outdoors. In the summer, Jim enjoyed canoe trips, horse camping, and hiking. In the winter, he played hockey, skied, and went snowshoeing with his dogs. Family’s memorial


Dr. Jaroslaw WORKEWYCH, on December 25, 2022. Jerry was a family physician. For more than 30 years, he was a member of the Prut River Boys of St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto. This four-part a cappella group sang at weddings and other special occasions. Family’s memorial


Dr. Ann Foster KENNEY, at age 69, on January 24, 2023, in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Ann was a family practitioner for 30 years. From 1988 to 1997, she practised at Parliament Health Associates in Toronto; from 1997 to 2002, at the Family Medicine Residency Center in Tupelo, Mississippi; and from 2003 to 2015, at the Family Care Center in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Family’s memorial


Dr. Peter Andrew ZAKRZEWSKI, at age 47, on December 21, 2022. After completing his residency in ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia, Peter set up his practice in Langley, British Columbia, and became a staff physician at Langley Memorial Hospital. He enjoyed the family’s four horses, four cats, two dogs, two crayfish, and many chickens. Peter loved all things Tesla and was known for his welcoming personality and inquisitive mind. Family’s memorial



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