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Former McMaster anesthesia professor dies

Published: September 23, 2016
John Ashworth
Edward John Ashworth (1928 - 2016)

Edward John Ashworth, associate professor of anesthesia of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, passed away at St. Peter’s Hospital in Hamilton on Sept. 16. He was 88 years old.

Ashworth joined McMaster University in 1977. While initially skeptical about the medical school’s self-directed learning approach, he soon became an enthusiastic advocate of it, eventually taking on the role as director of an internship program in 1979. He retired from McMaster in 1998.

“He was an excellent and diligent clinician, and provided leadership for his clinical and academic departments during his career,” said Norm Buckley, chair of the Department of Anesthesia. “He will be missed.”

Originally from the U.K., Ashworth moved to Canada in 1958. Upon arrival, he developed an interest in the field of anesthesia while working as staff physician at the Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton.  His interview on the history of anesthesia for McMaster highlights critical progress that has been made in this field.

Besides medicine, Ashworth had a passion for music and photography and was an avid equestrian, participating in many shows and events. He is predeceased by his wife June Kathleen and his first son Andrew, and leaves sons Dominic, Stephen, Timothy and their families.

Friends and former colleagues may pay their respects at the Marlatt Funeral Home, 195 King Street West, Dundas on Monday, Sept. 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Online condolences may be made at

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