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It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Colin Michael Stewart Calder on June 15, 2012.

By NLMA Staff

It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Colin Michael Stewart Calder. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of this outstanding physician. The Association has made a donation in his memory to the Physicians’ Legacy Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dr. Colin Michael Stewart Calder November 1, 1927 - June 15, 2012

Dr. Colin Calder passed away on June 15, 2012, age 84, at his home in Burgeo. Michael Calder graduated from the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons Edinburg in 1951. After five years of hospital and general practice in Scotland and England he moved to Newfoundland in response to an urgent appeal in the British Medical Journal for doctors for the cottage hospital system. After a year at Brookfield Hospital, Bonavista North, he was transferred to the Burgeo Hospital, which at that time was a solo-physician hospital and district practice. Dr. Leonard Miller, the Deputy Minister of Health, asked him to try it for the winter and said he would be moved again in the spring if he or his wife found the isolation too much. “Dr. Mike”, however had found his niche and his calling and elected to stay on. In 1959, his wife Dr. Ann Calder, joined him in the practice when it became two-doctor hospital. In addition to his medical practice, he was elected to the town council and worked diligently to better the conditions in one of the most neglected areas of the province. He had the great satisfaction of seeing Burgeo transform into the modern town it is today. After his retirement from 32 years in Burgeo, he received the Honorary Life Membership Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association. He was widely respected as a kind, gentle and compassionate doctor. His “religion” was “reverence for life” - quoting Dr. Albert Schweitzer of Lambarene. He was dedicated entirely to the care of his patients without making any conscious dedication; it was just the way that he was and he could be no other. Leaving to mourn are his wife Dr. Ann A. Calder; son David and daughter Gillian; three grandchildren: Michael, Danielle and Christopher and many relatives and friends. A memorial service was held in Burgeo and a memorial fund started which will be sent to help build a hospital in Chinchpada, one of the poorest districts in North India where there are no Indian Government medical services of any kind. Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund may do so at any branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) to Dr. Michael Calder Memorial in trust Ann Calder or by mail direct to Dr. A. Calder, Box 549, Burgeo, A0N 2H0.

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