Dr Roger John Tudor Ball

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52 , No. 1 , January February 2010 , Pages 36 Obituaries

1938–2009

Dr Roger John Tudor Ball

Dr Roger Ball died at Hospice House in Kelowna at the age of 70. Because his cancer likewise did not survive, Roger declared the duel a draw. 

Roger leaves behind his beloved wife of 41 years, Dr Barbara Massey, sons Graeme and Kevin, and numerous relatives.
Roger began his extensive edu­cation many years prior when he attended the University of Toronto. This was followed by undergraduate studies in such faraway places as Malta, Vienna, and Rome, then back to the Univer­sity of Toronto Medical School and graduation in 1963.

Roger then began his medical career as a health officer in Newfound­land and Labrador, working in the outports of Gander, Come By Chance, and Stephenville Crossing. It was in these remote places that Roger developed his love for kayaking and associated water sports.

Roger returned to Toronto for further postgraduate studies, and while there he met his future wife, Barbara. In 1968 they ventured to Kelowna and Roger joined the Knox Clinic, leaving in 1973 to enter into private practice.

Roger epitomized the concept of professionalism. He was dedicated not just to his patients but to his profession as well. He was one of the early leaders in student education and was a student placement leader. He placed medical students with various physicians in Kelowna, and he and Barbara arranged accommodation and transportation for them. They could often be found at 9 in the morning up changing beds in the old “nurses” building for the incoming crop.

Roger was never content with the status quo and embraced the acquisition of new clinical skills. He became one of a coterie of family physicians trained in the art of flexible sigmoidoscopic exams.

He also became a skilled surgical assistant and was happy at the beck and call of the respiratory surgical service.
In recognition of his exemplary standard of practice, his teaching skill, and his dedication to the profession as a whole, Roger was presented with an Award of Excellence by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC in 2007.

However, all was not seriousness in Roger’s life. He was an accomplished bagpiper. As a longtime member of the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Legion he had the honour of piping before royalty on at least two occasions in Japan and in Holland. He also piped at my 65th birthday, which I consider to be of equal importance!

It was a privilege to have been his family physician for many years and an honor to have been with him at the time of his demise.

Dr Roger John Tudor Ball will be dearly missed by his family, colleagues, patients, and many friends.
—James M. Tisdale, MD
Kelowna

James M. Tisdale, MD,. Dr Roger John Tudor Ball. BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 1, January, February, 2010, Page(s) 36 - Obituaries.



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

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.