Dr. Ramsay Gunton
GUNTON, Ramsay Willis D.Phil (Oxon), MD, FRCP(C) - Died peacefully with family around him at University Hospital in his 93rd year on January 22, 2015. Devoted and loving husband of Margrie (Dilworth) for 63 years. He will be deeply missed by his children Jean, Bill (Deborah), Bob, Doug (Sue). Lovingly remembered by his cherished grandchildren William, Benjamin, Cassandra, Jessika, Carlie, Danielle, and Jaclyn, and step-grandchildren James, Carly, and Trevor Whittamore and niece and nephew Joanne and John Gunton. He is predeceased by his brother Dr. Robert Gunton of Palo Alto, California. Ramsay was raised in London, Ontario where he graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1945 with his medical degree. He trained in internal medicine at Montreal General Hospital, London’s Victoria Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. Ramsay and Margrie met at TGH, married two years later and raised their family in Toronto and then London, Ontario. Summers and weekends were spent at the family cottage in Port Ryerse where Ramsay enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, and happily completing all those work projects that occur with a summer residence. Ramsay was a consummate reader of literature and history, and he would often recite poetry memorized in earlier decades to his family. Ramsay was passionate about world affairs, current events and would meet with friends to discuss these issues. He maintained a lifelong interest in sports and outdoor activities. Ramsay was a distinguished medical scientist, professor of medicine and academic administrator. He was one of the first Canadian cardiologists to develop cardiac catheterization technique in Canada. He treated all his patients and their families with compassion and dignity and instilled this value to many future doctors he taught and mentored. Highlights of his career include: Head of the Department of Therapeutics at the Toronto General Hospital, Chair of the Department of Medicine at UWO. He was president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, board member and fellow of numerous Canadian and international medical associations. At UWO he was a member of the Board of Governors and one of the central figures in establishing University Hospital and Robarts Heart and Brain Institute in London, Ontario. He was the recipient of numerous honours and awards for his commitment to medicine and research, some of which include: Order of Canada, Rhodes Scholarship, and Professor Emeritus and Honourary LLD, UWO. Dr. Gunton has a research chair in Cardiology at Western named in his honour, as well as the Annual Gunton Symposium in Cardiology at Robarts Research Institute. He was active in a number of activities and interests, enjoyed with a wide circle of friends: Harvey Club, Hunt Club, the 32’s and with Margrie was passionate about their Book Club. The family wishes to thank Amanda and Janice from Medical Priorities for his care at home, and the staff at the University Hospital. Visitation on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. The funeral service will be conducted at First-St. Andrew’s United Church, 350 Queens Ave. at Waterloo on Tuesday, January 27 at 11 am. Reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Gunton Chair in Cardiology through Western University.
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