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The Late Dr. Jack Hand posthumously awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal; Dr. William Pryse-Phillips publishes first children's book; Dr. Marshall Godwin publishes historical novel.

By NLMA Staff

Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to the Late Dr. Jack Hand

In February, New Democrat MP Ryan Cleary and former Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie, presented Diamond Jubilee Medals to 30 deserving Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who made significant contributions to their community, province and country. Among the recipients was the late Dr. Jack Hand, who helped hundreds of children and families throughout his career. Dr. Hand practiced as a paediatric oncologist at the Janeway Hospital from 1997 until he passed away last June. His colleagues describe him as a positive role model loving and compassionate. His way with people was described as “The Jack Factor.” One of his patients summed up his contributions in one line, “Because he was, I am.” Dr. Hand’s wife Tina received the medal on his behalf.

Physician pen fiction books

It’s not every day that a neurologist turns his hand to writing a children’s book, but professor emeritus Dr. William Pryse-Phillips is the proud author of Free Flight, a Newfoundland-based book for children aged six to 10. Dr. Pryse-Phillips’ last book, Companion to Clinical Neurology, had over one million words; Free Flight comes in at 1,000 words with beautiful illustrations by C. Anne MacLeod. Free Flight is a parable for children and their parents. It tells the story of Junior, a young gannet, who doesn’t want to learn to fly. Dr. Pryse-Phillips says the gannet’s story grew out of his own struggle of letting his three children leave home for careers in other parts of Canada. Free Flight is self-published through Friesen Press.

Family physician Dr. Marshall Godwin traces the ancestry and generations of two fictional families, the Knights and the Johnsons in his new book The Mark of Time. The story begins in 1000 AD in the Viking community of Leifsbudir in what is now Newfoundland. The community is attacked by other Vikings and the northern Skraelings and the survivors take refuge with the Beothuk and become part of their family line. The book is the story of the lives of both families, as well as the lives of successive generations and their presumed relationship to the historical and disastrous events in Newfoundland's history. Dr. Godwin is director of the Primary Healthcare Research Unit at Memorial. The Mark of Time is his second novel. His first novel, Belle Maro concentrates on cross cultural contact and relations between the Beothuk and European settlers. The Mark of Time is published by DRC Publishing, St. John's.

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