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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2012

School founder remembered

J. Fraser Mustard

J. Fraser Mustard

J. Fraser Mustard, one of the founders of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and a tireless advocate for the importance of early childhood development, died last November. He was 84. He joined the medical school in 1966, recruited by former colleague and the first dean John Evans. Mustard was the first chair of pathology and established medical research at the fledgling school. He was worldrenowned for his work on blood platelets, vessel injury and the effect of aspirin. He was also deeply involved in developing the innovative medical school education program with small group, problem-based learning — a model adopted around the world. From 1972 to 1982 he was dean and vice-president of the Faculty and his influence extended beyond McMaster with contributions to research and health-care policy. In 1982, Mustard left McMaster to found the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Later he became known for his campaign to examine the crucial first six years of a child's life, co-authoring the 1999 Early Years study for the province.

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