James M. Robertson
ROBERTSON, James McDonald (Jim) - Born February 27, 1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland, died Friday, July19, 2013 at LHSC Victoria campus. He leaves his loved wife Judith Ann (Judy), whose respect and love for him spanned 37 years. Always impressed by Jim's knowledge, Judy heard of his first eleven years in Scotland, which included father going off to war, before Jim entered George Heriot's School for boys. In 1951, the family emigrated to Canada, and after living in Toronto for a couple of years, moved to St. Catharines, where he attended school before going to Guelph to the University of Toronto's Ontario Veterinary College in 1956. For a brief period in 1958, Jim was a commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps at Camp Borden and in Germany. He graduated from OVC in 1961, then was off to Pennsylvania University to the Graduate School of Medicine for a diploma in internal Medicine (1963-66). This was prompted by a respected mentor, who encouraged Jim toward preventive medicine, so he went on to get his Master's degree in Medical Science. Along the way, Jim was able to gain several honors and scholarships, for which he was always grateful. After all of the schooling he decided to share his knowledge: From the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon (1969-71) as Associate Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine and lecturer in Epidemiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; American Cancer Society- Eleanor Roosevelt International Cancer Fellow, Dept. of Epidemiology, Harvard University School of Public Health (1971-72); Asst. Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Ontario (UWO (1971-75). Jim wasn't just a teacher, lecturer, and supervisor of grad students. It was during a time from 1971 to about the late 90s that he was a consultant as epidemiologist for the Carbon Black Industry in the U.S. While attending one of those meetings, he met Judy, who worked for the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Board. A rather quick courtship ensued, and they were married three months later. He then continued his varied career and agreed to fill in as interim director of the research laboratory animal quarters at UWO for a time in the late 70s. Again varying his interests, he was asked to be director of the occupational health and safety resource centre, which he did part time between there and Epidemiology. For relaxation from all these endeavours, he picked up Judy's father's love of roses. Dr. Robertson retired in 2005, and as Emeritus professor, continued to occasionally assist students with theses, and to serve as he had for almost 20 years, on the Research Ethics Board, for which he spent countless hours reviewing protocols of medical research projects involving human participation. Jim's keen eye and valuable contributions were appreciated by those on the committee, in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, in the medical community and by all those who knew him. He was a quiet person with a wry wit; a true and loyal friend and spouse, generous and self-effacing, loved by some, liked by others, respected by many. He will be missed. No formal ceremonies are planned. A scholarship fund for deserving students is being finalized, and further enquiries may be directed to (www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca), or to Judy.
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