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Cyril Forssander

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 07 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5286
  1. Jannine Forssander

    In October, Cyril Forssander died, aged 96, at his house in Brittany. He had two careers: he was a medical practitioner until the age of 60, and then for 30 years he was a fulltime painter.

    Shortly after graduation, he joined the Royal Air Force, and served with fighter squadrons until he was invalided-out after a serious accident. He was a general practitioner in Norfolk until 1949, when he emigrated to Vancouver. Here he worked with patients with tuberculosis until the introduction of streptomycin almost emptied the hospital. At the University of Pennsylvania he did research in applied physiology. For the rest of his medical career, he worked for the Canadian Immigration Service in London, Rome, and Copenhagen, mainly concerned with screening potential immigrants for tuberculosis.

    While in England he met the artist D Dunlop RA and took “lessons” at his studio. On retirement at the age of 60, he moved to his house in Brittany overlooking the sea. It was sometimes there, sometimes in his father’s homeland, Sweden, that he developed as a painter, and he continued to paint until shortly before his death. He also wrote a still unpublished book on a new approach to understanding the meaning of art. His paintings were well-known in the Côtes d’Armor, and in 2004 he was chosen as artist of the year.

    He leaves his wife, Jannine, and his daughter, Elizabeth.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5286


    • Former medical officer Canadian Immigration Service (b 1913; q Middlesex 1938), d 4 October 2009.

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