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It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Marc Alexander Thorp and Dr. Kenneth Bryson Roberts. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of these outstanding physicians.

By NLMA Staff

It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Marc Alexander Thorp and Dr. Kenneth Bryson Roberts. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of these outstanding physicians. The Association has made donations in their memory to the Physicians’ Legacy Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Marc Alexander Thorp
September 8, 1964 - February 22, 2013

Dr. Marc Thorp passed at the Health Sciences Complex in St. John’s on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the age of 48 years. He is mourned with fond and loving memories by his wife Clare and daughters Julia and Nina; his sister Ashleigh, brother-in-law Winus and niece Tammy; in-laws Jeanette and Larry Cohen; the Hellig, Cohen and Gaetani families and sister-in-law Susan.

Dr. Kenneth Bryson Roberts
September 7, 1923 - December 17, 2012

Dr. Kenneth Bryson Roberts passed away peacefully on December 17th, 2012 in Sheffield, England at the age of 89. He was the first associate dean of medicine at Memorial University. Dr. Roberts was born in London, England in 1923, and attended King’s College, University of London graduating (MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP) in 1945. He next attended Oxford University earning a BA (honours physiology) in 1948 and a D. Phil in Medicine, 1952. Before being recruited to Memorial University, he held academic appointments at the University of Edinburgh and University of London. In 1968, Dr. Roberts was appointed the first associate dean of medicine and professor of physiology for the new medical school at Memorial University. In 1975 he resigned as associate dean of Basic Medical Sciences to devote himself to full-time teaching and research as professor of physiology. He became the first John Clinch Professor of History of Medicine in 1978 after the university and the Faculty of Medicine established a chair for the History of Medicine. This position allowed him to collect and care for valuable medical texts, produce historical lectures, and teach in special history of medicine courses. He retired from this post in 1988. He was the founder and first editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History and the historical collection of the Health Sciences Library is named for him. Dr. Roberts held positions in a variety of medical organizations, serving on the executive committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada, as chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Heart Foundation and on the executive committee of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine. He contributed to a number of books and published papers in pathology, physiology, molecular biology, the history of medicine and higher education. Following retirement, he moved to Bridgewater, N.S. and later returned to England in the last years of his life. Dr. Roberts was married to Ruth Mary (May) Catchpool (died Feb. 15, 2007) and they had four children: Daniel, Peter (died 2003), Alason, and Benjamin. He is fondly remembered by his children and extended family, his friends, former colleagues and hundreds of former students of the Memorial University Medical School.

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