David BLAIR
David BLAIR
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Obituary of David BLAIR

David Crow Blair, M.D. September 26, 1926 – May 17, 2012 On Thursday, May 17, surrounded by his loving family, David Blair passed away peacefully at the Berwick House retirement residence in Victoria, British Columbia. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia to Dr. E. Murray and Velma (nee Grice) Blair, David was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joan and infant granddaughter Taylor Ann Blair. David is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Dianne (nee Macdonald ), son Murray (Meadow), daughters Susan (David), Joanne (Steve) and Megan (Gary), and 11 grandchildren. David graduated from UBC in 1948 before going on to complete his medical degree in 1952 at McGill University. Following McGill, David completed a specialization in Physical Rehabilitation through Harvard University and various Toronto hospitals. In 1961, David moved to Calgary where he became the Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Calgary General Hospital. David was a pioneer in this growing field leading a team of professionals who helped establish physical medicine programs throughout Alberta. David is past president of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was active on many other boards and committees in his field. In addition, David was Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. In 1977, David was awarded the Queens Commemorative Medal and in 1988, was awarded the Alberta Achievement Award, Excellence Category, recognizing his contributions in the field of Physical Medicine. David was a gifted athlete and had a lifelong passion for athletics which he passed along to his children. As a young man, David excelled at many sports including Track and Field, Basketball, Rugby, Golf and Tennis. But it was in the High Jump that he achieved his highest level of success, holding the Canadian High Jump record for 12 years and representing Canada at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. David and Dianne retired to Victoria, BC in 1987 where they were active members of Royal Colwood Golf Club and enjoyed travelling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. David’s family and friends will remember him for his kindness, compassion and wonderful sense of humour. David had a gift for brightening the day of everyone around him. May we forever carry the lessons he taught us. A Celebration of Life will be held at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria on June 3, 2012 from 2 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers donations in David's name to CNIB or a charity of your choosing would be appreciated.
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