Lives well lived
CLASS OF 4T4
Dr. Charles Gordon CAMERON, at age 100, on August 5, 2022, in Toronto. During the Second World War, Gordon was a Captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. He then interned at Toronto Western Hospital and did an internal medicine residency at Wellesley Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. In 1954, he joined the medical personnel founding Scarborough General Hospital. Gordon served as the hospital’s first Chief of Medicine and ended his career as the hospital’s Director of the Crockford Pavilion, which provides geriatric services. Regretting the speed at which he passed through university because of the war, he took undergraduate humanities courses at York University’s Glendon College after retiring in 1987. He graduated with a BA at age 80. Family’s memorial
CLASS OF 4T9
Dr. John William RIDGE, at age 96, in July 2022. Dr. Jack, as he was fondly called, was a family physician in Mount Hope and Binbrook, Ontario, with his father, Dr. William Ridge (Class of 2T4), and brother Dr. Robert Ridge (Class of 5T6). Jack liked fishing, football, curling, and especially flying. He began flying in 1941 and flew his 1968 Piper Tri-Pacer until age 84. He was a member of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the RCAF Association 447 Wing, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. In 1967, Jack was named the most proficient and gentlemanly pilot of all Peninsula Air Service graduates. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T0
Dr. Joseph Ernest Golumbia, at age 95, on November 15, 2022, in Saanichton, British Columbia. Joe started out as a family physician in Nipawin, Saskatchewan; in 1953, he purchased a family practice in Melfort, Saskatchewan, also practising at Melfort Union Hospital, where he was appointed Chief of Staff in 1965. Then in 1971, Joe became a family practitioner in Saskatoon, spending the majority of his time at Saskatoon City Hospital. Later, he was appointed the hospital’s Chief of Emergency Medicine and Chief of Family Practice. He retired in 1995, after 45 years of practice. Joe enjoyed curling, playing until age 89; his team won the Canadian Medical Curling Championships twice. He also liked helping out at the family farm in near Macrorie, Saskatchewan. Joe and his wife, Colleen, moved to Vancouver Island in 2003 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Dr. Edward Derry HUBBARD, at age 94, on January 25, 2021, in Vernon, British Columbia. After graduating, Derry continued his medical training in Saskatchewan. On returning to Ontario in 1954, he settled in Bowmanville where he practised until the early 1990s. Derry was the hospital’s Chief of Staff and the region’s coroner. He lived in Alabama for several years before moving to Vernon. Derry enjoyed scuba diving, skiing, snowmobiling, cycling, and square dancing. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T1
Dr. Merle Eleanor Luck HOWES, at age 94, on October 20, 2021, in Winnipeg. Merle and her husband, Bill, began their lives together in Muskoka, Ontario, moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario, and then Toronto. They eventually became the owners of the Badjeros General Store in Badjeros, Ontario. After retiring, they moved to Clarksburg, Ontario, and then Collingwood, Ontario, before relocating to Winnipeg. Merle was a founding member of Parkwoods United Church in Don Mills, Ontario. Later, she was an active member of Grace United Church in Thornbury, Ontario, and Charleswood United Church in Winnipeg. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T3
Dr. Charles Mark GODFREY, at age 104, on July 24, 2022, in Madoc, Ontario. Charles worked until he was 102, making him one of the oldest people to practise medicine in North America. At the time, he was working at four different medical clinics in Toronto, four days a week. Charles was a pioneer in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). After graduating, he was the Director of Toronto East General’s PM&R department and worked at Toronto General Hospital, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre prior to being appointed the Head of Wellesley Hospital’s rehabilitation clinic. Charles was also a political activist who focused on the environment. He was active in the “People or Planes” campaign that opposed the construction of the Pickering, Ontario, airport. As a director of CARE/MEDICO, he volunteered as a visiting doctor in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 1989, he was appointed to the Order of Canada. News article
Dr. William Emerson PAGE, at age 98, on June 1, 2022, in Brantford, Ontario. During the Second World War, Bill was a member of the Intelligence Corps of the No. 1 Canadian Special Wireless Group in Darwin, Australia. After interning in Hamilton, he became a general practitioner in Cobourg, Ontario. In 1966, he sold his practice and went back to university to earn a public health diploma. Then for 22 years, he was the Medical Officer of Health for Brantford and Brant County. Bill enjoyed fishing, golfing, and gardening. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T4
Dr. Peter BLUNDELL, at age 92, on August 4, 2022, in Cowansville, Quebec. Peter trained in general surgery and cardiovascular-thoracic surgery at Toronto General Hospital under the guidance of Dr. William Bigelow (Class of 3T8). Peter did further thoracic training in Bristol, England, followed by a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Montreal General Hospital and McGill University then recruited him to advance the new specialty of open heart surgery. Peter was an avid skier, golfer, and gardener. He played tennis into his 90s. Family's memorial
Dr. Jack MATVENKO, at age 94, on July 6, 2022. After additional medical training in Vancouver, Jack opened a general practice in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Jack embraced the area’s outdoor life, hunting, fishing, curling, and flying his Super Cub. In 1965, he moved to Saskatoon to study ophthalmology. Then in 1969, he settled in Victoria to practise ophthalmology. He continued to practise well into his 80s. Jack was a proud Rotarian, serving as President in 1987. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T5
Dr. Murray HERST, on October 9, 2022, in Toronto. Murray practised family medicine at College Concord Medical Clinic in Toronto in addition to serving as a Medical Director at Baycrest, Doctors Hospital, and Metro Homes for the Aged. He was also the founding Medical Director at Kensington Gardens. Murray enjoyed woodworking and sailing. Family's memorial
Dr. C. Scott RUSSELL, at age 91, on October 11, 2022. Scott was a founding physician at North York General Hospital and helped bring countless babies into the world. He enjoyed boating and gardening. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 5T7
Dr. Barnett GIBLON, on November 22, 2022, in Toronto. A family physician and surgeon, Barney was Head of Family Medicine at Scarborough General Hospital, a medical educator at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and a leader in the Toronto medical community. Barney was a staunch supporter of the MAA, a Past-President, and a member of the Board at the time of his death. He will be missed. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 6T0
Dr. Robert John McCALDON, at age 84, on March 3, 2021. Robert was a psychiatrist in private practice who also worked in prisons. An avid athlete, he competed in the Kingston, Ontario, triathlon for 25 consecutive years and in international shooting competitions for many years. Robert liked hunting, fishing, classical music, reading and writing novels, and a good meal. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 6T2
Dr. David NAIBERG, on July 21, 2022. David was Chief of Otorhinolaryngology at Scarborough General Hospital before retiring in 2014. He enjoyed travelling, skiing, golfing, and music. David’s wife, Sharon Naiberg, died on the same day. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 6T3
Dr. Eric ALTENBERND, at age 85, on December 1, 2021.
Dr. Jane Frances ROSEBOROUGH, on October 11, 2019.
Dr. Jack SHUBER, on May 11, 2022. Family's memorial
Dr. Seymour TOZMAN, on May 25, 2022.
CLASS OF 6T5
Dr. Martin E. BLACKSTEIN, at age 81, on October 12, 2022, in Toronto. Martin was an oncologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, and taught in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 6T6
Dr. Barrington Augustus GAYLE, at age 92, on June 29, 2022. He practised medicine for 51 years. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 6T9
Dr. Jacqueline Wynne MOORE, née Howard, at age 76, on June 27, 2022. To help ease the stress of practising medicine, Jackie turned to music. She joined her colleagues as a singer in the rock band On Call, which performed at special events. Jackie enjoyed tending to her garden. She believed that anything could be cured by a long drive with the windows down and the music up. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 7T0
Dr. John Charles Sherwood CAMERON, on July 29, 2022. John was an orthopaedic surgeon. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 7T1
Dr. Howard M. KRIEGER, at age 76, on August 16, 2022, in Barrie, Ontario. He strongly believed in equitable health care and helping the disenfranchised. In addition to a full family practice, he advocated on behalf of midwives, birthing centres, methadone clinics, geriatric and palliative care, HIV/AIDS, women’s access to abortion, nurse practitioners, and medical assistance in dying (MAID). Most recently, he was devoted to providing health care to the transgender community. On evenings and weekends, Howie enjoying live music from around the world. He was always easy to spot with his trademark Hawaiian shirts. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 7T5
Dr. Shirley EPSTEIN, at age 72, on August 23, 2022. Shirley cared for thousands of patients in her midtown Toronto family medicine practice that spanned 42 years. She leaves behind her husband, Dr. Brian Silver (Class of 7T5), and their four children. Family's memorial
CLASS OF 7T8
Dr. Robert William READER, on August 5, 2022, in Midland, Ontario. While raising cattle and chickens on his 50-acre farm, Bob shared a family practice in Bolton, Ontario, and did outreach medicine with Anishnawbe Health Toronto. In 2000, he moved to Cawaja Beach, Ontario, where he practised family medicine part-time in Midland and on Christian Island. A man of many interests, Bob enjoyed steam trains, carpentry, history, and dogs. Family's memorial
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