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Former dean of McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences truly cared for patients

Published: June 9, 2015
Jack Laidlaw
Dr. Jack Laidlaw, former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, received an honorary degree from McMaster University in 2004.

Dr. Jack Laidlaw, the former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences known for his commitment to caring for patients, died June 6 after a lengthy illness. He was 94.

A professor of medicine at McMaster from 1975 to 1986, Laidlaw served six years as chair of the Department of Medicine before being appointed dean of the Faculty from 1981 to 1985. The endocrinologist retired as professor emeritus in 1986.

Laidlaw was not able to enter medical school after finishing high school because he was two years too young for admission. He graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto in 1944, and then studied endocrinology for six years, three of them at Harvard University.

A leading scientist in the field of endocrinology, his concern for patients led him to focus on patient-centred care, communications with patients and between health professionals, supportive care for cancer patients, and the education of future health care providers.

The Jack C. Laidlaw Chair in Patient-Centred Health Care at McMaster was established in his honour in 2002.

Laidlaw held many roles throughout his career, including founding director of the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science; executive director, medical affairs for the Canadian Cancer Society; president of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation; president of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism; scientific advisor to the president of the Medical Research Council of Canada; and consultant emeritus to Cancer Care Ontario.

He was also an international consultant to Cancer Care International and the World Health Organization.

His awards included member of the Order of Canada and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He received an honorary doctorate of science from McMaster in 2004.

He leaves his wife Ann and daughter Kate.

Visitation will be held at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles — Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue in Toronto on June 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be held in Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mount Pleasant Road, on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m.

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