Loved and respected by those who met and worked with him, David passed away at the Vancouver General Hospital on 10 July 2010.
David was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 7 April 1928 where he lived with his parents, Alexander and Roberta Bolton, and his two brothers, John and Sandy. At the age of 20 David graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in forestry.
From his early boyhood David was fascinated with the information he had collected and the books he had read about Canada, and although his heart was always in Scotland, he resolved to emigrate.
He was offered a position with a Canadian company called Price Brothers in Quebec. He had no idea that French was a required language. Being a doughty Scot he obtained recordings and immersed himself in the language and learned to speak with a particularly good accent.
After 5 years as a forest engineer, new life challenges beckoned. He had long had an interest in medicine, and he was accepted into pre-med and then medical school at Laval University, where he graduated with honors.
Not long after graduation he was exposed to the beauty and temperate climate of British Columbia and moved with his family (his wife, nee Suzanne Langlois) and his two children, Brian and Carol, to Vancouver, where Michelle was born.
David enjoyed six very busy years in general practice before taking a break to travel with his family. His career change took him to Philadelphia and employment by Merck & Co., where he had editorial responsibilities in the publication of the Merck Manual.
Once again he realized his comfort zone was in Canada and he returned to Vancouver in 1969 to become executive secretary of the British Columbia Medical Association. In 1974 he accepted a position in Victoria as senior medical advisor to the Medical Services Plan.
From 1980 to 1988 he headed the Medical Services Commission as the sole commissioner and chair. He prepared the BCMA’s submission and response to the Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs in 1991. He also served as director of corporate affairs with the BC BioMedical Laboratories. He chaired the BCMA membership committee from 1990 to 1993, and he served as director of professional relations from 1992 to 1995.
He also served as a BCMA member of the Tripartite Medical Services Commission from 1994 to 1998. In 1994, in recognition of his dedication and capabilities he was elevated to senior membership in the Canadian Medical Association, and in 2000 he was awarded the most prestigious honor of the BCMA, the Silver Medal of Service.
After moving to Salt Spring Island with his wife, Phyllis (nee Wakelyn), whom he married in 1980, David took part in many community activities, most notably the Greenwoods Eldercare Society and the Greenwoods Foundation.
David has been described as being kind, sensitive, and passionate, a sage advisor and a fine “scrapper,” but he was always respectful to and of others.
David was predeceased by his brother John and is survived by his brother Sandy (Joyce) Bolton in Edinburgh. He will be forever loved and missed by Phyllis, his children Brian (Julie) Bolton, Carol (Wayne) Olafson, Michelle (Craig) Bentley, and grandchildren Nathan, Ryan, Jori, Kyle, Cara, Jesse, and Darius.
His passing will be mourned by many other relatives and friends as well as his step-children Robert (Linda) Whittome, John (Catherine) Whittome, Jimmy and Janet Whittome, and grandchildren Robert, Graeme, Melanie, Kathleen, Emily, and Sophie.
The family would appreciate donations to the Greenwoods Foundation c/o The Greenwoods Eldercare Society, 133 Blain Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1Z9.
Salt Spring Island
—Mark Schonfeld, MD
BCMA President and CEO
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org