SOLTAN, Hubert C., MD, PhD, FCCMG - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father at his home in London, Ontario on Friday, September 12, 2014. Beloved husband of the late Judie (Burns) Soltan. Father of Karen, Alexandra and Rebecca (Bob Morrison) and proud Opa to Elizabeth and Joseph Swales, Nathaniel Soltan and Renata Morrison. Dear brother of Christine Power (the late David Power) of Ottawa and predeceased by his brother George Soltan (the late Betsy Soltan) of Indianapolis. Survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. Also lovingly remembered by his brother-in-law John R. Burns and his wife Bev Nemethy Burns of Tantallon, Nova Scotia. He will also be truly missed by his friends at Richmond Woods as well as his devoted spiritual community and his book club. The family wishes to thank the caregivers and nurses from Community Care Access Centre, VON and Saint Elizabeth Health Care for helping us to care for Dad in his home. Hubert was born in Wilno, Poland in 1932, the youngest child of Anna Balinska and Aleksander Soltan. When the USSR occupied Eastern Poland in 1939 his family became refugees, eventually reaching England in 1940. He attended schools in Scotland and England and at 18 years of age immigrated to Canada where he attended the University of Toronto, receiving an Honours Biology degree in 1955 and a PhD in Human Genetics in 1959. In 1958 he was appointed to teach biology at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he met Judie. He moved to London, Ontario in 1961 to join Dr. Murray Barr’s group at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Hugh and Judie were married in 1962. He qualified in Medicine at UWO in 1970. After 1971, he devoted much of his professional life to developing Medical Genetics in London, the province of Ontario and throughout Canada. He was a founding member of both the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists and the Association of Genetic Counsellors of Ontario and the first director of the UWO Regional Medical Genetics Centre. In 1997, he retired from teaching medical and dental students at UWO but continued genetic counselling and predictive testing for families with Huntington’s disease and was a lifetime member of the Huntington Society of Canada. His interest in the historical development of Medical Genetics in Canada resulted in several publications including the first history of the discipline in Canada. Visitation will be held on Friday September 19th from 7-9 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, Ontario where the Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 20th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity London, MSF Canada (Doctors without Borders), or The Huntington Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.
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