Lives well lived
CLASS OF 4T5
Dr. Percy Grenville LOBLEY, at age 100, on January 20, 2022, in Bracebridge, Ontario.
CLASS OF 4T8
Dr. Barbara Helen Makaroff HAYDEN, at age 97, on May 8, 2022, in Fresno, California. After completing her medical degree, Barb accepted a residency at Vancouver General Hospital. In 1961, Barb and her husband, Dr. William Hayden, started a private practice in Big Creek, California. Barb practised for 25 years and then retired to Fresno. Barb’s sewing talents led to her creating wedding dresses for generations of family members. It wasn’t until Barb was 95 and the COVID-19 pandemic hit, that her weekly golf outing with friends came to an end.
CLASS OF 4T9
Dr. Elizabeth Ruth BRIDGMAN, at age 97, on April 24, 2022, in Grimsby, Ontario. Betty grew up in China, the daughter of United Church of Canada missionaries. After graduating, she furthered her training in Vancouver and Lisbon, Portugal. Then, through the United Church, she began a long medical career in Chissamba, Angola. As the only physician in the area for many years, Betty provided treatment and surgery at any time of the day or night. In 1977, during the Angola Civil War, Betty briefly returned to Canada where she received the Order of Canada for her medical service. She later practised in Kimpese, Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 1989, Betty retired to Winona, Ontario, where she enjoyed tending her garden. Family’s memorial
Dr. John Michio YOSHIOKA, at age 97, on March 15, 2022, in Mississauga. After interning at Toronto Western Hospital and Shaughnessy Veterans’ Hospital in Vancouver, John was a solo general practitioner in Greenwood, British Columbia. In 1954, he started an anesthesia residency in Vancouver that he completed in Montreal. From 1958 to 1971, John was an anesthesiologist at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Ontario, serving as Head of Anesthesia from 1966 to 1971. In 1972, he helped establish the new Etobicoke General Hospital, serving as its founding Head of Anesthesiology. In 1981, John became a consultant anesthesiologist at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
CLASS OF 5T0
Dr. James Robert MacLEAN, at age 96, on March 14, 2022. Bob interned at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and the Hospital for Sick Children, did a residency in Vancouver, and a pathology fellowship and pediatric residency at Babies Hospital in New York City. In 1955, he joined his friend and colleague Jack Whitelaw in a pediatric consulting practice in Vancouver. For over 30 years, he was Head of Newborn Care at Grace Hospital and then BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. He was Director of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Medical Advisory Committee for six years and Chair for two years. When Bob retired from pediatric practice, he took on administrative roles as Vice-President of Medicine and Acting CEO at Grace Hospital, and Vice-President of Medicine at BC Women’s Hospital.
CLASS OF 5T2
Dr. George BUCKLEY, on March 17, 2022.
Dr. Philip John LEAHY, at age 100, on June 17, 2022. Phil practised in Teeswater, Ontario, for 27 years before moving to Toronto where he became the attending physician at Canada Life. In 1986, he retired in Waterloo, Ontario. Phil joined the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and lawn bowling and curling clubs. Phil loved to be in the company of others. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 5T3
Dr. Roman BLADEK, at age 97, on March 22, 2022. Roman earned his internal medicine designation in 1961 and an MA in microbiology in 1963. He joined the staff of Toronto Western Hospital in 1961, opening a practice specializing in allergies, immunology, and respirology. Roman was Co-Director of the Medical ICU and Head of Respirology for over 15 years. From 1982 to 1989, he was the Chief Medical Director for Homes for the Aged with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. Roman cherished his cottage on Georgian Bay, Ontario, where he hosted generations of family and friends. Family’s memorial
Dr. Ahti LUNDQUIST, at age 93, on April 19, 2022, in Cambridge, Ontario. He trained in anesthesiology in England and later, moved to Peterborough, Ontario. Ahti practised for 50 years at Peterborough Civic Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, which later amalgamated to form the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Ahti was an avid reader, golfer, curler, photographer, gardener, pilot, swimmer, and scuba diver. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 5T4
Dr. Harvey Y. LEWIS, at age 92, on March 29, 2022. Harvey moved to Detroit as a urology resident and practised there for many years. At his cottage in Lake of Bays, Ontario, Harvey built detailed historic boat models from scratch and enjoyed visits from family and friends. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 5T5
Dr. Kenneth Martin ASSELSTINE, at age 91, on May 10, 2022, in North Bay, Ontario. Ken began his medical career in the Canadian Arctic. Then, in the early 1960s, he started a long surgical career in North Bay, where he served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at what is now known as North Bay and District Hospital. Ken retired in 2012. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 5T6
Dr. Stefan Wojtek KOPYTEK, at age 102, on April 22, 2022, in Etobicoke, Ontario. Stefan enrolled in medicine in his native Poland, but the Second World War interrupted his studies. In 1945, he helped establish the new University of Lodz medical school, which he attended until accepting an internship at the Medical Academy of Gdańsk, Poland, in 1947. To avoid persecution, he immigrated to Canada as a farm labourer in 1950. After graduating from U of T medical school, Stefan opened a family practice on the main floor of a house in Etobicoke and lived upstairs. Throughout his career, Stefan maintained privileges at nearby Queensway Health Centre, where he worked in the emergency department and at one point was Chief of Staff. As Stefan’s family practice grew, he moved his office to Queensway’s medical building. Stefan was also the Etobicoke coroner for 26 years. After retiring from medicine in 1995, Stefan helped launch Copernicus Lodge, a long-term care facility for the Polish community in Toronto’s west end. He served on the board of directors of Copernicus for many years. Family’s memorial
Dr. Donald C. STEELE, at age 92, on April 22, 2022. After completing surgical training at Toronto Western Hospital in 1962, Donald returned to his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, to set up his practice. A Past-President of the Buffalo Urological Society, Donald co-founded the St. Catharines Urological Clinic. For many years, he served on the board of the St. Catharines Symphony Orchestra. Donald was also a longtime board member of Rodman Hall Art Centre, serving as its President from 1977 to 1980. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 5T7
Dr. Robert James CREIGHTON, at age 88, on March 20, 2022, in Walkerton, Ontario. Family’s memorial
Dr. Katherine Louise TURNER, in early May 2022, in London, Ontario. After graduating, she joined a general practice in Toronto but soon accepted a position at Dobson Clinic in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Katherine returned to Ontario in 1971 to study pathology. She was on staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London until retiring in 1992. She enthusiastically participated in Nature London, the London District Weavers and Spinners Guild, fitness classes, senior alumni lectures, and live theatre. Katherine was the devoted partner of Dr. James Anderson (Class of Jan 4T3) who died earlier this year. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T0
Dr. Dinah GRUBER, on January 7, 2022, in North York, Ontario. Dinah was the stepsister of Dr. Ruth Zaretsky (Class of 6T4). Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T1
Dr. Peter Constantin SAMU, on June 12, 2022, in Toronto. Born in Cluj, Romania, Peter was a Holocaust survivor. He did a radiology residency at Stanford University in California, then practised in Toronto. Peter enjoyed cooking international cuisines for his many dinner parties. Family’s memorial
Dr. Teddy SWORNIOWSKI, at age 86, on May 26, 2022. Teddy started a private practice in Barberton, Ohio, and was a solo obstetrician/gynecologist for 30 years. An avid traveller, he visited all seven continents. After earning a private pilot’s licence, he travelled even more. Family’s memorial
Dr. William A. YORZYK, at age 87, on September 2, 2020, in East Brookfield, Massachusetts. After graduating, Bill spent three years in Japan as a captain of the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. An anesthesiologist, he pioneered pain clinics at Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, and retired in 1996. Although Bill didn’t learn to swim until he was 16, he became an Olympic gold medallist in the butterfly and set 11 world records. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T2
Dr. Inese BEITINS, on April 15, 2022. After graduation, Inese pursued training in pediatrics, pediatric endocrinology, and reproductive sciences. In 1992, she joined the National Institutes of Health as a senior advisor and recently, was involved in its new gerontology division.
Dr. Norman Lowe FRASER, at age 88, on December 26, 2021, in Ottawa. Norman started as a general practitioner at Toronto East General Hospital. Then for three years, he was Zone Director of Moose Factory General Hospital. Dedicated to the well-being of First Nations peoples, he returned to his birthplace of North Gower, Ontario, to work as the Assistant Regional Director of Health and Welfare, directing the care of First Nations peoples.
Dr. John James TURNER, on April 27, 2022. John enjoyed a rich professional life in dermatology, practising medicine until a week before his death. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T3
Dr. Vytautas Alexander MICKUS, at age 83, on May 30, 2022, in Combermere, Ontario. Vytautas was a family doctor in Renfrew and the Ottawa Valley for 44 years. His interests included backgammon and motorcycles. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T5
Dr. Richard Cecil HOLGATE, at age 81, on March 16, 2022, on Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Richard completed an internal medicine residency at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, a neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and radiology residencies at three Toronto hospitals. Then he did a neuroradiology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and a radiology fellowship at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London, England. In 1984, Richard immigrated to the United States to become an associate radiology professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 1990, he began practising as a radiologist at the Medical Imaging Center of Southern California in Santa Monica. Then in 1992, he opened the first independent, privately operated MRI facility in South Carolina. Family’s memorial
Dr. Eugene P. SHOLDRA, at age 82, on March 24, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. Eugene completed ophthalmology training in 1968. He practised for 12 years in Ottawa and then moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and worked in Weatherford and Fort Worth until retiring in 2018. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T6
Dr. Emory BURKE on December 27, 2021. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 6T9
Dr. Roland BUEHRLE, at age 78, on May 5, 2022. Roland was an otolaryngologist. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 7T3
Dr. Esther DOSTROVSKY, née Krigstein, on June 24, 2022, in Toronto. Esther enjoyed a long career as a family physician. Family’s memorial
Dr. John Douglass MUIR, at age 74, on March 20, 2022, on Amelia Island, Florida. John earned a PhD in immunology at Scripps Clinic Research Institute in San Diego, California, completed postgraduate clinical training in internal medicine in Toronto, and did a pulmonology/critical care clinical fellowship in Calgary and a fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. John practised medicine in Connecticut and Massachusetts for 16 years before moving to Naples, Florida, in 1995. There, he ran the Pulmonary Critical Care Department at Naples North Collier Hospital and Physicians Regional Hospital. In 2006, John earned a graduate degree in public health at the University of South Florida. In 2010, he moved to Amelia Island, Florida, where he set up and ran a new pulmonary and critical care department at Baptist Nassau Hospital and contributed to public health decisions in northeast Florida. John retired in 2019. He enjoyed summers at his cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 7T4
Dr. Nicholas E. LOUKIDES, at age 72, on January 9, 2022. Nicholas was a family physician in Toronto.
CLASS OF 7T8
Dr. David Ralph HINTON, on June 7, 2022. In 1983, David completed a residency/fellowship in neuropathology in Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. In 1988, he joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he remained for his entire career. There, David assumed many roles, including Associate Dean of Vision Science, Vice-Chair of Pathology, and Director of the Dean’s Research Scholars Program. He was also a founding member of the Beckman Macular Research Center at USC. His research increased our understanding of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). David and two other researchers founded a startup called Regenerative Patch Technologies to launch a clinical trial that involves implanting retinal pigment epithelium derived from stem cells in patients with advanced AMD. Although early, the trial results are promising. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 8T0
Dr. Eric Peter LAHNSTEINER, at age 65, on April 2, 2022. Graduating from medical school at age 23, Eric embarked on a family practice in Mississauga that spanned 39 years. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 8T3
Dr. Kenneth James WALKER, at age 64, on March 31, 2022, in Sarnia, Ontario. President of the Class of 8T3, Ken completed his residency at Western University in London, Ontario. Then he built a family practice in Bright's Grove, Ontario. A third-generation family physician, he made home visits along country roads in his convertible, like his physician grandfather did in his horse and buggy. Ken ran 86 marathons including 10 Boston marathons, 11 Ironman triathlons, and dozens of half Ironman and Olympic distance triathlons. For 27 years, he organized the Bluewater Triathlon and Duathlon to raise funds for his church. Family’s memorial
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