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DR. ALLAN DECTER (published on April 22, 2006)



DR. ALLAN DECTER, MD, CRCS, FRCS, (Canada) On April 13, 2006, at the Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Allan Decter passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years Dena (nee Field); children, Maryam, Matthew (Dr. Jennifer Frain), Leah (Jeffrey Hatcher); grandchildren, Noah Decter-Jackson, Jacob Woods, Mischa Decter and Ari Decter-Frain; many cherished nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and his brother Dr. Oscar Decter (Joan); and his brother-in-law Judge Harvey Field (Randa Bloom). He was predeceased by his brother Dr. Percy Decter and sister Marge Schwartz. The youngest of four children born to Harry and Edith Decter on May 11, 1932 Allan was raised in the North End and West End of Winnipeg. After graduating from Gordon Bell High School he entered the University of Manitoba graduating with a Medical degree in 1957. On May 1, 1957 he married Dena Field at his parent's home in Winnipeg. Shortly thereafter they moved to Weyburn, SK where he practiced as a family physician with his brother Oscar. In the years following he took his family to West Virginia, Boston and London, England pursuing specialty training in adult and pediatric urology at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, and Middlesex Hospital and Hospital for Sick Children, both in London. He earned certification from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1970 and was named a fellow of the college in 1972. He was briefly a teaching fellow at Harvard University before joining the faculty at University of Manitoba as a lecturer where he was, for 25 years until his retirement in 2002, an Associate Professor in the section of urology. He practiced medicine with commitment and compassion for over 45 years, on active staff at Winnipeg's Health Science Centre for 33 years and St Boniface Hospital for 31 years. Since his retirement he served as a mentor to the two pediatric urologists at Children's Hospital. Allan was a teller of stories and a keeper of family histories. He was an ardent reader, and traveled widely. When it came to his children and grandchildren he was gentle, kind, attentive and caring and always made time for everyone. He was a dedicated and valued mentor to many. Allan brought a sense of optimism and vitality to everything in his life. He was both flexible and balanced in his approach to living. He believed in the importance of moderation but he truly didn't take moderation to extremes. Allan worked hard, he played fair and he loved well and deeply. He will be truly missed by family, friends and colleagues. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Health Sciences Centre Emergency and Medical Intensive Care Unit. Donations in Allan's memory can be made to the Children's Hospital Foundation (Pediatric Urology), CE501, 840 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1F1 or the Allan Decter Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (for the benefit of the Jewish Heritage Centre), C400 - 123 Doncaster St., Winnipeg, MB R3N 2B4.


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