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DR. JEAN MCFARLANE (published on December 22, 2007)

DR. JEAN MCFARLANE Dr. Clara Jean McFarlane died peacefully at West Park Manor, Winnipeg, on December 16, 2007 in her 81st year. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ethel Hamilton of Kingston, now the only surviving member of her family, who is saved from grief by being in an advanced stage of Alzheimer's disease. Jean's death is greatly lamented by her brother-in-law, Bert Hamilton of Kingston, and by her four nephews: Ian Hamilton (Victoria) of Toronto and their two children, Parlan and Haddie; Malcolm Hamilton (Pamela) of Ottawa and their three children, Dawson, Sophie and Will; Peter Hamilton (Penny) of Montreal; and Ross Hamilton (and Julio) of New York. Jean was born March 21, 1927 and graduated from St James Collegiate in 1944, receiving the Governor General's Medal for General Proficiency. After taking her degree in Doctor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1951, she was Senior Intern in Medicine at Deer Lodge Hospital in 1951-52, a Senior Intern in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1952-53, and a Resident in O G in 1954-55, all at the Winnipeg General Hospital. From 1955-57, she attended Chelsea Hospital for Women in London England. For many years she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ob-Gyn at the University of Manitoba, and Assistant Ob-Gyn at the Winnipeg General Hospital. In 1956, Jean became a member of the Royal College of Ob-Gyn; in 1957, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; in 1958, a Fellow of the American College of Ob-Gyn; and in 1969, a Fellow of the Royal College of Ob-Gyn. A colleague has testified that in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Jean was a highly respected obstetrician/gynecologist, an outstanding teacher, and a superb role model for the many medical students, interns, and residents she trained during the course of her career'. A patient at whose birth Jean was in charge has recalled her mother's appreciation of Jean as one of the best', noting that in her office Jean had posted what she called her Rogue's Gallery', a picture on her wall of every baby she had delivered. In her earlier years, Jean was very athletic and was an excellent skater. Her nephews and Bert enjoyed many days of skiing with her in the winter and swimming with her in the summer. Many of these summers were spent at the family cottage on Lake of the Woods where Jean also spent numerous hours teaching her nephews whittling and other crafts. Special thanks are owing to Mary Campbell, Jean's loyal friend for many years, especially in her final days. Thanks are owing also to the staff at West Park Manor for their loving care of Jean. According to Jean's wishes, a private funeral service will be arranged. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in Jean's name. May she rest in peace.


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