In Memoriam

Lives well lived


Dr. Harry HOTZ, at age 100, on March 25, 2021. Harry interned at Hamilton General Hospital, and then specialized in pediatrics in Chicago and Honolulu. In 1948, he returned to Hamilton, where he was a pediatrician for 75 years. At age 85, he sold his practice but continued practising until he was 91; for two days a week, he cared for Hamilton’s refugee children. Family’s memorial


Dr. John R. STONE, at age 98, on January 15, 2021, in Victoria. John was an anesthesiologist.


Dr. Katharine Eby MIRHADY, on February 16, 2021, in Vancouver. Katharine interned in Victoria; practised at a maternity hospital in Plymouth, England; and then studied pediatrics at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England. In 1951, she moved to Vancouver where she ran baby clinics and worked as a school physician. Later, she shared a medical practice with her husband, Dr. Fereidoun Mirhady. Family’s memorial


Dr. Alice May SHARPE, née Martin, at age 94, on February 14, 2021, in Peterborough, Ontario. After doing her medical residency on Prince Edward Island and in Vancouver, Alice moved to Peterborough where she practised at Trent University Health Services and was the Medical Officer of Health for Smith Township. In the 1980s, Alice volunteered on several medical missions overseas. Until 2018, Alice was a member of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. Family’s memorial


Dr. Alfred Francis BROWNE, at age 94, on April 30, 2021. After interning at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Frank did his residency in Holland and at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. In 1956, he began practising at Shouldice Hospital in Toronto. Before fully retiring in 1990, he completed over 23,000 hernia repairs. Family’s memorial

Dr. Isadore LIDSKY, at age 92, on March 16, 2020. For more than 50 years, Isadore was a surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, where he trained several surgical residents. Twice, he served as President of the Mount Sinai Medical Society. He enjoyed sailing and painting with watercolours; he exhibited his work in Cleveland-and-area art shows. Family’s memorial

Dr. Arnold George LOWDEN, at age 93, on November 17, 2020. Arnold interned at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, and then practised in Yorkton and Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. In 1958, he earned a public health diploma in Toronto. On returning to Saskatchewan, he become a public health officer in Tisdale. In 1960, Arnold resumed general practice in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 1966, he began practising in Penticton, British Columbia, where he also became a school trustee, and the team doctor and part owner of the Jr. A Broncos. In 1975, Arnold became the medical health officer for East Kootenay, British Columbia. Active in the Cranbrook community, he served on many boards and committees. He retired from public health in 1992, then assisted with surgeries for five years. In retirement, he joined the city’s Community Theatre and delivered school lunches with the Salvation Army. To mark his years of service and contributions to the health of Cranbrook’s citizens, the Chamber of Commerce named Arnold the 2008 Citizen of the Year. Family’s memorial

Dr. Jean Marie MacCallum O’NEIL, at age 93, on April 15, 2021. One of only a handful of women in her class, Jean pursued psychiatry. She practised in Haliburton and Richmond Hill, Ontario. Family’s memorial

Dr. Donald ROSS, in early 2020, in Comox, British Columbia. Donald practised in Burnaby, British Columbia. In 1995, he moved across Georgia Strait to Hornby Island where he retired. Family’s memorial


Dr. Norman Peter MONTGOMERY, at age 95, on December 17, 2020, in Gilbert, Arizona. Peter interned at Toronto Western Hospital, and then studied psychiatry at the Crease Clinic in Vancouver and internal medicine at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles. He returned to Toronto and practised general medicine for three years. Then, Peter moved to Chula Vista, California, where he had a private practice. Peter also served as Chief of Medical Staff at Chula Vista Community Hospital and CEO of Chula Vista Doctors Park. For two years, he attended law school at night at the University of San Diego. In 1979, Peter sold his practice and began a career in occupational medicine with Pacific Telephone. He also served on the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, and with the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 129th Evacuation Hospital. In 1988, Peter retired to Mesa, Arizona. His father, Dr. Robert Charles Montgomery (2T4), was a family doctor in a small town near London, Ontario.


Dr. Charles BLAZIC, at age 92, on July 1, 2019, in Toronto. Family’s memorial


Dr. John Campbell MARTIN, at age 92, on March 22, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Cam interned at Toronto Western Hospital and at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Military Hospital. He did a pathology residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston; Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri; and Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. On returning to Canada, Cam practised as an assistant pathologist at Oshawa General Hospital in Ontario. He then moved to the United States as a permanent immigrant, practising at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, and then Bloomsburg Hospital in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, until retiring in 1998. Coming out of retirement, Cam practised at Pennsylvania’s Shamokin Area Community Hospital until 2005. Family’s memorial

Dr. Thomas Douglas McKEE, at age 91, on January 9, 2021, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Doug interned at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, and then specialized in internal medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital. Doug moved to Longlac, Ontario, where he was a family practitioner from 1956 to 1965. Always wanting to be a surgeon, he trained in otolaryngology at U of T, then in 1996 moved to Thunder Bay to be a consultant in otolaryngology. Doug especially enjoyed helping children, telling those with hearing loss that they had “potatoes in their ears.” He was also the Kimberley Clark corporate physician. Family’s memorial

Dr. Kats SAKAMOTO, on May 25, 2021, in Mississauga, Ontario. During the Second World War, his family was forced to leave their home in Port Hammond, British Columbia, and interned in Tashme, B.C. Ken practised family medicine for 40 years at Glen Agar Plaza in Etobicoke, Ontario, and enjoyed travelling. After retiring, Ken and his wife, Grace, continued to travel. On their final trip, they took their two sons to Tashme. Family’s memorial

Dr. Harold Aaron STEIN, on January 31, 2021. Harold practised ophthalmology for over 50 years, pioneered the ophthalmic assistant profession worldwide, was a U of T ophthalmology and vision sciences professor, and co-founded the Bochner Eye Institute. READ MORE


Dr. Thomas David R. BRIANT, on April 5, 2021, in Toronto. David specialized in head and neck surgery, and did a fellowship at Middlesex Hospital in London, England. He served as Chief of the Otolaryngology Department at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Head of the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in U of T’s Department of Otolaryngology. David had a keen interest in facial plastic surgery and was an early adopter of external approach rhinoplasty. Important to David was canoe tripping in Algonquin Park, the family cottage on Lake of Bays, Ontario, and piloting his own plane. Twenty-five years ago, David bought a vacation home in Costa Rica and spent three months there each winter during retirement. David’s father was Dr. Thomas E. Briant (2T4). Family’s memorial

Dr. John Nicholas PREMI, at age 89, on February 19, 2021, in Burlington, Ontario. He interned at Hamilton General Hospital and became a family physician in Hamilton, eventually focusing on improving medical education. John pioneered the problem-based learning program that the College of Family Physicians of Canada still uses. He held many leadership positions and the title of Professor Emeritus at McMaster University. Family’s memorial

Dr. Francis William RUNDLE, at age 90, on November 25, 2020. As a resident at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Bill trained in ear, nose and throat surgery. He practised in Oshawa, Ontario, and then until 1992, at the Thomas-Davis Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Bill was a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Reserve Corps from 1987 to 1997, retiring from command of the 6251st U.S. Army Hospital with the rank of Colonel. Family’s memorial

Dr. John Playter SHERIN, on February 21, 2021. As a Surgeon Lieutenant, John served on a number of ships, rounding out his medical training at sea. John practised in Lakefield, Ontario, and area for 18 years and was the last government-appointed physician for the people of Curve Lake First Nation. In 1974, John joined the Department of Family Medicine at Western University and practised at Victoria Family Medical Centre until retiring in 1986. John served as Chair of the Ontario Medical Association’s Family Practice specialty. He volunteered at a clinic in rural Nigeria for three months, which was a transformative experience for him. John’s interpreter made such an impression on him that he sponsored him, with support from Lakefield United Church’s congregation, to come to Canada to train as a nurse. Family’s memorial


Dr. Bernard GLAZMAN, on March 24, 2021. Family’s memorial


Dr. David Brian Mitchell CARTWRIGHT, at age 88, on March 21, 2021, in Oakville, Ontario. David practised family medicine in Oakville for 30 years before retiring in 1987. He was passionate about antique tools, backcountry canoe trips, and the family cottage in Lake of Bays, Ontario. Family’s memorial


Dr. Gerald W. SUTHERLAND, at age 91, on March 18, 2021, in Holland, Ohio. A linebacker and centre for U of T’s Varsity Blues football team, Gerry went on to intern at Toledo Hospital and complete his residency at multiple Toronto hospitals. He then returned to Ohio to enjoy a 45-year career at Toledo Hospital as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and joint replacement. Gerry was Chair of the hospital’s Orthopedics Department from 1979 to 1986, and Chair of its Surgery Department from 1989 to 1991. In addition, he was a medical consultant for several sports teams in the area. Committed to helping the next generation of physicians, he taught at the Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo Medical College for more than 33 years. Gerry officially retired in 2007, but never stopped practising. He continued to teach part-time for a few years and most recently, Gerry was a medical adviser at the Stroke Life Center in Toledo. Family’s memorial


Dr. Raymond Coleman LEVIN, at age 87, on January 17, 2021, in Houston. Family’s memorial

Dr. Jerry SILVER, at age 86, on April 27, 2021, in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. After serving in the U.S. Army, Jerry completed his ear, nose and throat residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He was on staff at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, for more than 40 years. Family’s memorial


Dr. Norton MEDLINE, on August 10, 2020, in Toronto. Norton was a dermatologist and pathologist, and was devoted to Israel. Family’s memorial


Dr. John C. LEE, at age 87, on April 30, 2021. John completed his residency and a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation in Rochester, Minnesota, and at the University of Minnesota. He lived in New Mexico and Hawaii before settling in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1969. John practised at Springer Clinic where he established the Section of Hematology and Oncology. He volunteered as a clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma and served on the Medical Advisory Board of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, Tulsa Chapter. He retired in 1989. John was recognized as a Mayo Alumni Laureate in 2000. Family’s memorial

Dr. Robert MOULSON, at age 84, on January 16, 2021, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Shortly after graduating, Bob moved to Thunder Bay where he was a family practitioner at the Fort William Clinic. In 2005, illness forced him to retire from clinical practice. After his health improved, he taught at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and was a medical consultant with the Thunder Bay Plasma Centre. Family’s memorial


Dr. Marie Eleanor PLETSCH-BREILING, at age 82, on January 14, 2021, in Aptos, California.
While at U of T, Marie joined the Canadian Air Force Reserve to help pay tuition; additionally, she worked at Women’s College Hospital where she also lived. After graduating as one of only seven women in her class, she interned and did a residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Then she moved to San Francisco to do a general surgery residency at St. Mary’s Hospital and a plastic surgery residency at St. Francis Hospital. In 1970, she set up a plastic surgery practice in Santa Cruz, California. Marie served as an investigator and expert witness for several breast implant studies and FDA panel hearings. In 1976, she helped found Plasticenter, one of the first Medicare-certified surgery centres in California. She held leadership roles at Santa Cruz Surgery Center and in 1996, was President of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons. She retired in 2018 at age 80. Family’s memorial


Dr. James MILLER, at age 82, on February 5, 2021, in Mississauga. After learning to scuba dive in 1962, Jim soon felt as much at home under the waves as he did on land. For over 50 years, he was a family physician in Mississauga’s Applewood community and at Mississauga Hospital (now Trillium Health Partners). Family’s memorial


Dr. Mary Margaret BEDFORD-JONES, at age 76, on February 11, 2021, in Cobourg, Ontario. Family’s memorial


Dr. Henry A. SADOWSKI, at age 74, on May 12, 2021. Henry was a neurologist and multiple sclerosis researcher at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and then at the Montreal Neurological Institute. In 1980, he moved to British Columbia where he was in private practice for more than 30 years. Family’s memorial


Dr. Lindsey Waine HORENBLAS, at age 71, on April 4, 2021, in Toronto. In 1979, Lindsey graduated from the first emergency medicine residency at McGill University. He moved to Portland, Oregon, where he was recruited as Director of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center. Until retiring in 2015, Lindsey not only provided patient care, he fostered the development and recognition of the emerging emergency medicine specialty. He taught emergency medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, and was a founding partner and the first President of Western Oregon Emergency Physicians. It became Oregon Emergency Physicians and is now the largest independent emergency physician corporation in the state. Family’s memorial

Dr. William Franklin SHIPLEY, at age 70, on December 28, 2020, in Mississauga. For more than 40 years, Bill had a family practice in Belleville, Ontario, where he made house calls and cared for four and even five generations of families. In 2016, the Ontario Medical Association honoured Bill with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, health concerns forced him to close his practice. Family’s memorial


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