Dr Harry N. Watson 1922 - 2005

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 48, No. 3, April 2006, page(s) 135 Obituaries
G. Fyffe, MD

Harry was born in Edmonton, attended the University of Michigan for 1 year, and then UBC for 3 years. He received his medical training at McGill University, graduating in 1948. He interned in Montreal and Vancouver and then established a general practice in New Westminster. He served on the advisory board of St. Mary’s Hospital, was chief of staff at Royal Columbian Hospital, and then president of the Westminster Medical Association.

Harry was interested in medical politics and economics, not only at the local level, but also at the provincial and national levels. He was elected to the BCMA executive, chaired the Economics Committee from 1956 to 1959, and became president of the BCMA from 1961 to 1962. He was a representative for the CMA on the 1962 Royal Commission on Health and in 1963 was a member of the Special Committee on Principles of the CMA.

In 1988, the BCMA granted Harry lifelong membership. He gave up his practice in 1989 and subsequently retired to Arbutus Ridge on Vancouver Island, where he and his wife happily pursued their art interests and golf until his death in April 2005. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; three sons, Paul, Chris, and Geoff; daughter, Victoria; grandchildren, Emily and Evan; brother, Richard; and sister, Glenna.

—G. Fyffe, MD
New Westminster