2018-01-10 - Abby Lippman, 1939-2017
December 11, 1939 - December 26, 2017

Abby Lippman, an iconoclastic and outspoken proponent of better medical care for women and for various social issues, died on December 26, 2017, of natural causes at her home in Montreal. Lippman, an Emerita Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, specialized in feminist studies of applied genetic technologies as well as general issues in the politics of women's health. Read more...>>>

2018-01-10 - Ikuko Teshima, 1940-2017
February 25, 1940 - November 17, 2017

Ikuko was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada to Eizo and Fumi (Yamauchi) Kamitakahara (both now deceased). There were six children in the family, Walter, Shuko (deceased), Kyoko (deceased), Ikuko, Atsuko (deceased), and Ernest. During World War II, the family was interned in Slocan (Bayfarm), BC. They then moved to Toronto in 1945.
Ikuko attended the University of Toronto, receiving her PhD in Genetics. She worked at The Hospital for Sick Children as scientific staff and was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She was a Fellow of both the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the American College of Medical Genetics. She was well respected by her peers and colleagues and is missed by them.
Ikuko met Ted at the University of Toronto and they married in 1963. They spent 53 wonderful years together and she consistently described him as an exceptional person. She was a caring and dedicated mother, always wanting to ensure that her sons and grandchildren did not have to experience challenges like she faced earlier in life. Whether spending weeks hand-sewing elaborate Halloween costumes or preparing sumptuous family feasts, her love for her children and grandchildren was unquestionable...Read more...>>>

2017-02-17 - Hung Shu Wang, PhD, FCCMG, 1929-2016
October 5, 1929 - December 4, 2016

Hung Shu played an important role in the evolution of cytogenetic services, seeing it smoothly through the technological advancements of the1980’s and ‘90’s.  She was a wonderful colleague, did not hesitate to present her professional views, but in many ways was a private person. I am grateful to her daughter Chiayeng Wang for providing me details of her early life, and to other department members, current and retired, for further insights...>>>

2015-12-16 - DR. DAGMAR KALOUSEK 1943 - 2015

Passed away peacefully with family at her side at Vancouver General Hospital on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 following a stroke. Dagmar is survived by her loving husband Joseph; her daughters Andrea (Nickolas) Grabovac and Ingrid (Ryan) Tyler; their children Julia, Emily and Kai Grabovac and Clara, Ian and Aimee Tyler; her mother Jirina Sikora; and brother Igor Mokrys. She was an inspiring researcher in the field of cytogenetics, with over 350 publications to her credit, and became internationally renowned for her discovery of confined placental mosaicism. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at STANLEY PARK PAVILION, 610 Pipeline Road, Vancouver. Memorial gifts may be made to Mom2Mom, www.m2mcharity.ca, supporting Dagmar's lifelong caring and empathy for children in need. Visit www.mbfunerals.com to send a private condolence.

Her obituary can be accessed here.

2015-09-28 - Frederick John Dill, October 4, 1938 - September 19, 2015


2014-07-16 - Dr. James C. Haworth

It is with sadness that we recently noted the passing of Dr. James C. Haworth on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 91 years. A short obituary in a recent edition of the CMAJ brought this to our attention. Many of our metabolic colleagues knew Dr. Haworth and some have posted personal remembrances in the guest book HERE.

Born: May 29, 1923
Date of Passing: July 16, 2014

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2014-12-22 - Dr. Clarke Fraser

We are very saddened to report the loss of Dr. Clarke Fraser, at the age of 94, on December 17th, 2014.  Clarke was the father of Medical Genetics and Genetic Counselling in Canada.  He was the first recipient of the CCMG Founders Award and a former CCMG and ASHG President. Those of us fortunate enough to have known Clarke will agree that his legacy lives partly in the curiosity and wisdom that he imparted to all of his students.  Clarke was a superb physician and scientist – and an equally wonderful human being.  His truly remarkable career and distinguished achievements are summarized in this professional biography and video tribute that marked his introduction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.  His history is also summarized in the following obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montrealgazette/obituary.aspx?n=f-clarke-fraser&pid=173618924

 2014-11-11 - Dr. Margaret W. Thompson

It is with sadness that we inform the membership of the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists of the loss of Dr. Margaret W. Thompson at the age of 94.  Although the younger members of our College did not have the opportunity to meet Dr. Thompson, they will recognize part of her important legacy in the textbook “Genetics in Medicine”.  Her obituary, authored by her family, can be read here and an additional obituary in the Globe and Mail here.

2014-09-12 - Dr. Hubert Soltan, 1932 - 2014

Dr. Soltan was born in Poland in 1932, and became a refugee when the USSR occupied Eastern Poland.  His family arrived in England in 1940 and he completed his early education in England and Scotland, then immigrated to Canada.  He attended the University of Toronto where he received an Honours Biology degree in 1955 and a PhD in Human Genetics in 1959.  He joined Dr. Murray Barr’s group in London, Ontario, and later decided to pursue a medical career, obtaining his MD at UWO in 1970. 

2013-07-30 - Dr. Irene Ayako Uchida - April 8, 1917 – July 30, 2013

It is with sadness that we inform you that Irene Ayako Uchida passed away in Toronto on Tuesday, July 30 at 96 years of age.  She has been honoured for her pioneering work in Medical Genetics, receiving the Officer of the Order of Canada, and honorary degrees from the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University. She began her career in human genetics in 1955, studying the genetics of twins with Dr. Norma Ford Walker at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She took a detour in 1960 to the laboratory of Dr. Klaus Patau at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to learn cytogenetic techniques, as Dr. John Edwards had just discovered that trisomy 18 caused a recognizable syndrome.  She returned to the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg as the Director of the Department of Medical Genetics and quickly applied cytogenetic methodology to the study of clinical conditions and to a program of research on the effects of X-radiation on chromosomal nondisjunction.


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