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It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Drs. Dr. Brian John Sturmey Harley, Maurice McVickers, William Hext Marshall, Michael C. Nurse, Arthur Maxwell House, Charles Joseph Hutton, Marian Elizabeth Greene and Rufus Gerard Dominic.

It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Drs. Dr. Brian John Sturmey Harley, Maurice McVickers, William Hext Marshall, Michael C. Nurse, Arthur Maxwell House, Charles Joseph Hutton, Marian Elizabeth Greene and Rufus Gerard Dominic. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of these outstanding physicians. The Association makes a donation to the Physicians’ Legacy Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador whenever a member passes in honour of their memory.

Dr. Brian John Sturmey Harley

July 11, 1924 – August 22nd, 2013

 See Former NLMA President passes away.

Dr. Maurice McVickers

October 14, 1927 – September 6, 2013

It is with great sadness that the McVicker family announce the passing of Maurice Arthur McVicker of Portrush, Northern Ireland, age 85. Dr. McVicker graduated from medical school at Trinity College, Dublin in 1952, where he also excelled in rugby. After Maurice graduated from medical school, he moved to Lisburn, approximately 10 miles outside of Belfast, where he completed his post-graduate training. It was there, practicing obstetrics, that he met Iris a senior obstetrics nurse, the beautiful young woman who would become his bride in 1954. Having a family connection with James Payton, also born in Northern Ireland, they decided to migrate to Newfoundland a month after their wedding. He first arrived at Bonavista, where he practiced for two years, followed by another two years in Musgravetown. He then moved his family to Lewisporte, where he practiced for 30 years until his retirement in 1988. His love of Newfoundland was only outdone by his home in Northern Ireland and he could describe his life there as a boy as if it were yesterday. Maurice also enjoyed driving around in his beloved Volkswagen Beetle and spending time at the family cottage. His family and friends knew him as a kind and gentle man, always thoughtful, never outspoken. He will be missed immensely, his memory will be cherished always. Predeceased by his mother Daisy, father Charles, and brother Billy. Small as it is, his family was everything to him. Leaving with cherished memories, the love of his life, Iris, of Dungannon, Northern Ireland, son Charles, for whom he had so much pride, and daughter-in-law Kelly, who he welcomed wholeheartedly into his family. The McVicker and Walker families back home in Northern Ireland always held a special place in his heart. The family would like to thanks the staff who provided outstanding care during his stay in the Intensive Care Unit of the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s.

Dr. William Hext Marshall

April 10, 1933 – September 19, 2013

Dr. William Hext Marshall passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family, at the age of 80. William was born in London England on April 10, 1933 to Dr. Leslie Philip Marshall and Dr. Catherine Mary (nee Hext) Marshall. He grew up in Taunton and Blagdon Hill, Somerset and later attended Cambridge University where he played cricket, rowed competitively and earned his B.A in the natural sciences. He continued his education at the London Hospital Medical College, where he completed three years of clinical training and graduated with an M.B. in 1957 (MRCP). This was followed by an M.D. from Cambridge University in 1965. In 1966, he earned his Ph.D. in medicine working with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Frank McFarlane Burnett at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia. From there he moved with his family to New York to pursue post-doctoral studies at the NY University Medical Centre. In 1968, he was recruited to help found Memorial University’s new Medical School in Newfoundland where he served as Director of Postgraduate Medical Education; Professor of Immunology; Head of Dept. of Immunology; and, Director of the Clinical Immunology Diagnostics Laboratory. He later founded Terra Nova Biotechnology Ltd., a private company set up to commercialize medical test technology developed at MUN. One of his special achievements was championing the Special Topics Program for first year medical students to introduce them to medical research. Dr. Marshall had a gradual retirement, finally finishing all professional duties in 2007. Bill was a loving father, grandfather, husband, brother, colleague and friend who will be missed by many. He is predeceased by his daughter, Dr. Mary-Anne Marshall. Leaving to mourn his wife, Dr. Ingeborg Marshall; his two sons: Alfred (wife Lisa nee Tucker) and Chris (wife Marilyn nee Rutherford); beloved grandchildren: Nicholas, Katie and Noah, as well as his brother, Reverend Canon Hugh Marshall and his wife Diana, their four children and many grandchildren.

Dr. Michael C. Nurse

December 8, 1941 – October 1, 2013

Dr. Michael (Mike) C. Nurse passed peacefully away on October 1, 2013, at the age of 71 years, following a terminal illness which he faced with grace and dignity. Predeceased by his parents Dick and Margaret (nee Kennedy) and his sister Irene Neville. Leaving to mourn are his wife and angel Carm (nee Hickey); daughter Suzanne (Mark Hawryluck); son Michael (Krista, nee Walsh) and treasured grandchildren: Ben, Jenna, Megan, Katherine and Caroline. Also left to mourn his sister Margaret Meaney (Ray); sisters-in-law: Rose Barrett (Mike) and Judy Earle (Bill), and brother-in-law Martin Hickey (Mary Lou). Also left to mourn nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and close friends and colleagues. The family would like to thank Drs. K. and V. Patel, Dr. Siddiqui, and the nurses and staff at the Cancer Clinic for their excellent care, support and the gift of hope; the staff in the Emergency Department as well as the nurses and physicians on 4NA at the Health Sciences Centre for their kindness and compassion.

Hon. Dr. Arthur Maxwell House (O.C., O.N.L, M.D., LLd., FRCP (C))

August 10, 1926 – October 17, 2013

Dr. Max House passed peacefully away in the presence of his loving family at age 87 years. Dr. House was born in Glovertown, Newfoundland, on August 10, 1926, the son of Arthur James House and Ellen Jane House (nee Blackwood). In 1952, he married Mary Jeannette Christie, whom he met while attending Dalhousie University. In 1943, Dr. House attended Memorial University College for pre-medical studies and graduated in 1947. He then went to Dalhousie University, graduating with an M.D., C.M. in 1952. He began a career in family medicine in Baie Verte before going on to do specialty training in psychiatry in 1954 at the Waterford Hospital, St. John’s (Dalhousie Program). He later enrolled at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, where he received certification in neurology in 1959. Dr. House completed further post-graduate work in neurology at the National Hospital, Queen’s Square, London, England in 1965. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1972. He practiced neurology in St. John’s from 1960 to 1997 and held numerous appointments at the General Hospital in St. John’s, including Chief of Neurology, Director of the Electroencephalography Laboratory, Director of the Department of Diagnostic Neurophysiology, Chief of Staff and Member of Board of Governors of The General Hospital Corporation. Dr. House also held a variety of academic and professional positions at Memorial University, which included Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education, Clinical Affairs and Professional Affairs, among many other titles. He was regarded as a world leader in the area of Telemedicine and Telecommunications and was involved in numerous provincial, national and international research projects throughout his career. His expertise made a profound difference in developing countries in Africa and the Caribbean and he was invited to present his research in more than 35 countries. He also employed his expertise locally as founding Chair of TETRA (Telemedicine and Educational Technology Resources Agency) and founding director for MEDICOR, Memorial University’s occupation health facility for offshore medicine. In 1997, Dr. House became the 10th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador. After retirement from the Vice Regal in 2002, Dr. House returned to his medical practice and to MUN as an Honorary Research Professor. Dr. House served on many committees and boards of provincial and national organizations, including those of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, Agnes Pratt Home for the Aged, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, National Museums of Canada, among many others. He also served as the President of the Canadian Neurological Society (1971-1972). Dr. House has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career, which included Member of the Order of Canada (1989); Atlantic Canada Innovator of the Year (1990); Medal of Service, Canadian Medical Association (1997); James H. Graham Award of Merit, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1998); Honorary doctorate of laws, Dalhousie University (1998); Honorary doctorate of laws, Memorial University; Lifetime Achievement Award, the Marconi 100th Anniversary Wireless Vision Conference and Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (2001); and, Officer of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador (2005). Dr. House was also the recipient of the Honorary Life membership Award from both the NLMA (1995) and the CMA (2007). He was a dear husband to Mary for 61 years; loving father to Rosemary (John Housser), Christopher, and Peter (Colleen); proud grandfather of Sally and Emma Housser and A.J., Laura and Evan House.

Dr. Charles Joseph Hutton

July 10, 1930 – November 4, 2013

Dr. Charles Joseph Hutton passed peacefully away surrounded by his children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters on November 4, 2013. Dr. Hutton graduated from Dalhousie University Medical School in 1956 and went on to complete a fellowship in pathology from the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hutton was Chief of Pathology at the Janeway for more than 20 years until taking over as Chief Medical Examiner with the Department of Justice, working 18 years beyond mandatory retirement and 5 weeks before his passing. During his career, he was instrumental in setting up the Fatalities Act, which governs the medical examiner’s system. He was a respected scholar, avid golf fan, connoisseur of all music; a voracious reader with a remarkable, active mind, making plans until the end. Dr. Huttan was also skilled in carpentry work and he was awarded the Southcott Award by the City of St. John’s for the restoration work on his home on Forest Road. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend; affectionate and fun-loving. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Dr. Hutton is predeceased in 2009 by his wife Lillian Hutton (nee Snelgrove). Leaving to mourn with a lifetime of memories and a legacy of immense proportion are his children: Charlie (Jennifer Scott), Leslie (Rod Martin), Barbie, and Fred (Bonnie Hibbs, Benjamin and Jenna Davis). Adored by his grandchildren: Charles Hutton (Kristen DeRooy) and Chloe Hutton, Emily Martin (Andrew Squires) and Allison Martin (Brandon Butler), Douglas and Caroline Pippy, Matthew and Claire Hutton and great- grandson Jayden. Loved and admired by his brothers and sisters: Toni Gillett, Noel Hutton (Nalda), Ann Whooley, Hubert Hutton (Edwina), and Linda Byrne (Denis). The family would like to express their thanks for the expert and compassionate care by Dr. Stewart Rorke, Dr. Teri Stuckless and the team at the Cancer Centre as well as the entire staff of Tiffany Village.

Dr. Marian Elizabeth Greene

January 22, 1954 – November 7, 2013

St. John’s family physician Dr. Marian Elizabeth Greene passed peacefully away surrounded by her family and friends on November 7, 2013. Dr. Greene was born and raised in Placentia. She studied at Memorial University and went on practice family medicine for 32 years, dedicating her career to caring for and helping others. She is predeceased by her father, Nicholas Greene and mother, Vera Greene. Left to mourn and lovingly remember are her children Katie, Julie and Jacob – and dearly loved dog Hugo. Beloved sisters: Annette (Brian Gaskell), Olivia (Harry Roberts) and Cathy (Joe Zelney); nieces and nephews: Michael and Nicole Gaskell and Nick Roberts, and a large circle of friends. The family would like to thank the Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Center, doctors and nurses, and the profound support from former patients, colleagues, and friends.

Dr. Rufus Gerard Dominic

August 11, 1919 – November 28, 2013

Dr. Rufus Gerard Dominic passed peacefully away in his home in the presence on his loving wife Eleanor. Dr. Dominic’s parents immigrated to Newfoundland from Lebanon in the early 1900s. Rufus grew up in Botwood and Corner Brook. As a young adult he worked in the family general store before heading off to St. Francis Xavier University where he completed his undergraduate degree in science. After spending several years in the Airforce, Rufus went on to begin his medical studies at the University of Ireland, Galway. It was during his internship at the old General Hospital that Rufus met and fell in love with Eleanor. He decided to follow her to Bell Island, where they were married in 1958. It was on Bell Island that Dr. Dominic established his general practice where he worked for 8 years. He then went on to complete his residency in pediatrics and a subspecialty in hematology oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Upon his return to Newfoundland in 1966, Rufus began his work at the Janeway where he practiced for the remainder of his career until he retired at the age of 74. Many lives were saved and tenderly cared for by Rufus. He was a legend at the Janeway, not only for his skillful and gentle care of his patients, but also for the compassion and respect he showed to children, families, nurses, trainees and his fellow physicians. Rufus devoted himself to his family, work and his strong Christian faith. He is predeceased by his parents Saliba and Sadie; brothers George, Joseph, Murdoch, David and Leo and sisters Margaret and Molly. Leaving to mourn are his wife Eleanor (nee Thistle); children Gerard (Marg), Paul (Jane), Anna and Chafika; 10 grandchildren; sister Helen of New Jersey; sisters-in-law Alice Dominic, Winnie Dominic, Margaret MacKenzie (Donald) and Evelyn Chewning and a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and colleagues.

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