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Photo de Dwight PARKINSON
Fiche créée le : 2005-02-01
Décès le : 2005-02-01
Parution : 2005-10-15
Conjoint(e) : Elizabeth Haselden Gaunt
Paru dans : The Gazette, Montréal, QC

OBITUARY DWIGHT AND ELIZABETH PARKINSON Elizabeth (Libby) Haselden Parkinson and her husband Dwight passed away this year in Winnipeg. Libby, 84, was born and raised in Montreal, the daughter of Reginald and Gertrude Gaunt. She developed her lifelong passion for outdoor sports as a child at camps Menote on the Richelieu River and Ouareau in the Laurentians. Her father patiently taught her tennis on the YMCA courts in Westmount, until her stroke could be trusted at the Mount Royal club. She met Dwight figure skating at the Montreal Winter Club, while he was studying for his medical degree at McGill University. They were married in 1942 in the chapel of McGill. Dwight, 89, was born in Boise, Idaho, and received his BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he switched from downhill skiing to ski-jumping when he saw the Olympic level skills of his skiing classmates. Dwight was a battalion surgeon in the American Army in Europe in World War II, receiving 2 bronze stars for innovations in battlefield surgery. He was a fellow in Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic from 1946 - 1949, before setting up practice in Winnipeg in 1950. In a few short months Winnipeg was inundated by the flood waters of the Red River. Dwight packed up Libby and the then 3 children and sent them back to Montreal until the waters receded. In a long and distinguished career, Dwight Parkinson did pioneering work in numerous aspects of neurosurgery, with his achievements bringing him international recognition. His teaching, research and invitations to speak at medical conventions continued until his death. He is perhaps best known for his exploration of the cavernous sinus, discovering previously unknown anatomical features and performing repairs once thought to be impossible. Both Libby and Dwight continued their athletic interests throughout their lives, competing in national figure skating competitions, and later serving as judges in Canadian and World Championships. They continued skiing well into their 70s, driving west for hills higher than Manitoba could provide. Both were excellent golfers; any snow-free day found them on the tees at St. Charles Country Club. Libby and Dwight were vital members of their community. Libby served as President of the Children's Home of Winnipeg, enjoyed working as a volunteer docent at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and delivered Meals on Wheels until her own illness made driving impossible. She was a faithful member of St. Andrews River Heights United Church. Dwight served on the boards of numerous medical, civic and social groups, and was the first President of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. Both were strong supporters of the arts, missing few performances of the Winnipeg Symphony, the Manitoba Theatre Center and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Dwight passed away from a heart attack on February 1, 2005. Libby died of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease on September 12, 2005. They are survived by their children Graeme, Gerald, Terence and Robert, and grandchildren Andrew, Rebecca, Kara and Chelsea. Libby is survived as well by her sister Margery Mackenzie and brother Richard Gaunt, both of Montreal. Published in the Montreal Gazette on 10/15/2005


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