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Three trail-blazers join Community

Published: November 12, 2010

Three pioneers who each blazed a path in Canada to establish midwifery education; psychosocial care for ill children and respiratory physiology are being honored by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The three faculty members who brought recognition and distinction to McMaster University through their innovative scholarship and research success are joining the Faculty’s Community of Distinction on Friday, Nov. 12.

Karyn Kaufman, called the mother of midwifery in Canada; Norm Jones, whose work defined the field of respiratory physiology, and the late Ruth Snider, renowned for developing play therapy for children in hospital, will be honoured during a reception in the Ewart Angus Centre.

Plaques for each member will join the wall display in the Ewart Angus lobby. The Community of Distinction honours those who have made distinguished contributions in scholarship, science, the delivery of health care and leadership in medical and health sciences education and research.

This year’s inductees are:


Norman L. Jones

Norman L. Jones, MD

Norman L. Jones, a physiologist and clinician scientist, arrived at McMaster in 1968 from the United Kingdom with his friend and colleague, Moran Campbell. They transformed McMaster into an international powerhouse for research, education and clinical programs in respiratory medicine. Dr. Jones became renowned for his development of the science of exercise physiology.

With his quiet style, scholarly approach and strong leadership, he served as a mentor and a role model, inspiring the next generation of clinician-scientist leaders. He retired as professor emeritus in 1991.

Dr. Jones was founding editor of the Canadian Respiratory Journal, which established an annual award in his honour.


Karyn Kaufman

Karyn Kaufman, DrPH

Karyn Kaufman helped establish midwifery as a regulated health profession in Canada and served as the inaugural assistant dean of McMaster’s midwifery education program from 1993 to her retirement in 2006.

With an education in nursing, midwifery and public health, she arrived in Hamilton in 1972 and worked first as a clinical nurse specialist, later becoming a professor in McMaster’s Department of Family Medicine. She was appointed by the Minister of Health to a taskforce on the implementation of midwifery in Ontario and then she established the first midwifery education program in Canada.

Her visionary leadership and advocacy have resulted in safe, effective and compassionate midwifery care across the country.


Ruth Snider

Ruth Snider, BA

Ruth Snider developed internationally recognized standards for the psychosocial care of children in hospital and established Canada’s first education program in child life studies.

The founding director of the clinical child life program at the McMaster University Medical Centre, she joined the Department of Pediatrics as a clinical lecturer in 1977 and retired as an associate clinical professor in 1992.

Graduates of her postgraduate child life diploma program work around the world, improving the lives of children by giving them a voice during their illness.

A tireless advocate, she was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders. Her awards include the Child Life Council’s Distinguished Service Award.


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