ASHWORTH, Dr. John
Dr John Ashworth, former Chief of Anesthesia at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals, passed away at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton on September 16, 2016 in his 88th year. He was predeceased by his wife June Kathleen Ashworth, and son Andrew John Ashworth. He is survived by his sons Dominic, Stephen and Timothy, his brother Peter, and six grandchildren Maria, Christina, Leslie, Emma, Kristen, and Ethan.
Dr Ashworth was a member of the anesthesia community in Hamilton when McMaster Medical School arrived. He had graduated in medicine at St. Bartholomews Hospital, London, England in 1955 and served in the British Army from 1947-1949. Following discharge from the army he served as house physician in three different hospitals in England before coming to Canada in 1958. Appointed staff physician at the Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton in 1958, his job included giving anesthetics for thoracoplasty. He became interested in the field, completed studies at the University of Toronto and returned to join the Anesthesia Department at the Hamilton General Hospital in 1962.
When Dr. Don Catton formed the Academic Department of Anesthesia in 1971 Dr Ashworth was one of several Hamilton clinicians who participated. His initial scepticism about the approach to self-directed learning became enthusiasm as he was exposed to it, and his tutoring experience led him to become the Director of the Mixed internship program in 1979. His involvement continued and his file has several letters to the Deans of the era commenting upon the risks inherent in supporting academic activity through reallocation of clinical earnings- prescient in light of the current achievements in Alternate Funding Plans.
He was an excellent and diligent clinician, and provided leadership for his clinical and academic departments during his career. Many of us saw him for the last time at the retirement for Drs DeGraft-Johnson and Bell, where he and Ron Brown were prominent attendees. He will be missed.
An interview with Dr Ashworth from 2005 can be seen on the History of Anesthesia website at http://fhs.mcmaster.ca/anaesthesia/history/
BROWNE, Dr. Ronald Austin
Professor Emeritus Ron Browne passed away peacefully at the Brantford General Hospital on Friday, April 15th, 2016 at the age of 87 years. Beloved husband of Margaret for 64 years. Loving father of Ronald, Elizabeth and Michael and his wife Faye. Cherished grandpa of Coral and Austin. Dear brother of Lorna and Oliver. Predeceased by his brother Phillip. Also survived by nieces Patricia, Joy and Karen, and nephews Jeffrey and James. Predeceased by nephew John.
Born on June 2, 1928, Dr Brown was a Barbadian- Canadian physician, trained at Aberdeen University, the Hull Group of hospitals in Yorkshire, Liverpool University, and the University College Hospital of West Indies, Jamaica before receiving his FFARCS (Eng) and subsequently his LMCC (1966) and FRCPC, Anesthesia (1972) for Canadian practice. He was an active staff member at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals beginning in 1965, serving as Head of service for the General division from 1980-1990. He joined the Geographic Full Time anesthesia faculty soon after the medical school arrived, and served throughout the remainder of his career. This included a period as Acting Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University 1984-85. He was appointed Professor in 1986, a notable achievement for a faculty member with a primarily clinical interest, as the idea of a clinician educator had yet to be fully realized within the University as a whole. The promotion was in recognition of his consistent service in education subsequent to the arrival of the medical school, and his research activities which again were unusual for someone whose practice was primarily clinical. He was particularly interested in risks of exposure to disease for operating room personnel and studied the prevalence of hepatitis B antibody in anesthesiologists and operating room personnel with colleagues Max Chernesky and Peter Rondi, in Canada and the West Indies. In reviewing the letters of support for his promotion to Professor, it is clear that he was universally respected by surgeons, administrators and anesthesia colleagues as a calm, caring and extremely competent individual whose demeanour contributed greatly to ensuring good relations between the newly established University health care community and the existing practitioners, who embraced the academic opportunities afforded by the arrival of the new medical school, and who carried out a long and rewarding career with good grace and enjoyment. It was always a pleasure to have Dr Brown come to a departmental event, whether the retirement of one of his recruits, the annual Chair’s garden part or the 40th anniversary of the University Department several years ago. His contributions are much appreciated and he will be missed.
Dr. Ron Browne, former chair of McMaster University's Department of Anesthesia and one of the earliest clinician educators of the medical school, died April 15 at the age of 87
- Congratulations to Brent MacLellan and Joshua Peachey, PGY4's who won the Dr. Fred Baxter Award for Excellence in Nephrology and Patient Care
- Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Cordovani who has been named the recipient of the Teaching Award in the Anaesthesia Clerkship by the Class of 2016
- Congratulations to Dr. Caitlin VanDeCappelle and Dr. Natalie Lidster on being selected as recipients of the Postgraduate Medical Education Research Grant Award for 2016