HERSEY, Dr. Lewis - Surrounded by family, Dr Lewis W. Hersey, in his 86th year, passed away quietly and comfortably February 27, 2015 at St Joseph's Hospice, London, Ontario. Beloved husband of 60 years to his dear wife Barbara, he will also be greatly missed by Susan and her husband Mark, Donald and his wife Lois, Robert and his wife Theresa, and Michael, as well as grandchildren Jason, Sean, Deanna, Alex, Ashlyn and Lexine. He leaves his sister Elizabeth Russel and brother David and many nieces and nephews. Born in Montreal, Dr. Hersey began his career in medicine with a Bachelor of Science at McGill University. On moving to London, Ontario, he attended U.W.O. where he received an M.D. in 1956 and a PHD in Pharmacology in 1964. With these, he had a very fulfilling career as both an anesthetist and professor of pharmacology. From 1961, Lew Hersey was a member of the Departments of Anesthesiology and Physiology/Pharmacology at U.W.O., ultimately becoming a Professor Emeritus in 1995. He continued to instruct until his retirement in 2006. As a member of the active staff at London Health Sciences Centre in Anesthesiology, he also served as President of the Medical Staff in 1985-86. He was a member of the Canadian Anesthesiology Society for many years, serving as Chair of Council and Treasurer. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the society in 1996. In his retirement years, he served as Associate Chair of the Senior Alumni Program at U.W.O. Throughout his life, he was an avid traveller, exploring North America in RVs with the family. Later in retirement, he travelled internationally with wife Barbara and friends. Great trips to Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and India were highlights of his travels. We wish to thank all those of the the London Health Sciences Centre ICU unit who provided such kind and compassionate care of Dr. Hersey with special thanks to Dr Shultz. We would also wish to thank the staff at St Joseph's Hospice for their unwavering compassion and for providing such a beautiful and tranquil environment for him. Though there will be no visitation, a service will be planned for the Spring with a date and time to follow.
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