Cecil Cameron EwingBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1278 (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1278
Cecil Cameron EwingFormer head of ophthalmology department, University of Saskatchewan (b Huddersfield 13 November 1925; q Bristol 1950), died from lung cancer on 24 March 2006.
Cecil died on 24 March 2006 from lung cancer at home in Saskatoon. He was born on 13 November 1925 in Huddersfield, England, to a medical family and graduated in medicine from the University of Bristol in 1950. He practised in Central America and the Caribbean. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Universities of Bristol and Liverpool from 1956 to 1963. He was appointed lecturer in ophthalmology at the University of Saskatchewan in 1963 and later became head of the department. He was the editor of the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology and was awarded a silver medal by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society for his outstanding contributions to medical eye care in Canada. In addition to his writing prowess, he was an exceptional lecturer as both a professional and amateur—whether to doctors on genetic eye diseases or to musicians at the University of Maryland.
As well as being a skilled ophthalmologist, he was an accomplished and passionate musician. Cecil sang and played the piano, violin, and viola. He was active in choir, orchestra, opera, and chamber music trios and quartets. He was very proud of his tenure as a director of the American Liszt Society. As a member for over 40 years, he attended annual meetings in both Canada and the United States. He possessed a collection of piano music and opera scores that was unrivalled in scope. His other lifelong passion and interest was literature. Cecil was a voracious reader and collector of books on a variety of subjects. Surviving him are his wife, Leila; three daughters; a son; and five grandchildren. [Edward Ewing]
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