CONN, Alan W., M.D.
29 May 1925 - 2 October 2010
Died at Hospice Wellington in Guelph, Ontario, in his 86th year after 62 years of marriage, Alan William Reginald Conn M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), youngest son of Grace Margery (nee Heather) and Hartly Robert Conn, M.D., predeceased by brothers Robert and Keith (Florence Flossie Cole). Beloved husband of Marian Hamilton (nee Hart) of Woodstock, Ontario. Loving father of four daughters: Nancy Heather (Doug Grant) of Toronto; Mary Ann (Robert Brody) of Shaker Heights, Ohio; Wendy Elizabeth (Bruce Weir) of West Bolton, Quebec; Heather Victoria (Frank McElroy) of Roberts Creek, B.C. Proud grandfather of Elizabeth, Julia and Heather Ahlgren, Matthew Hutchinson, Hartley and Ian Brody, Cameron and Corcoran Conn-Grant; respected uncle of Keith's children: David, Jan, Susan, Diane and Judy. Godfather of Dr. Eiichi Alan and Dr. Yuki William Miyasaka of Japan.
All of his life, Al had a great sense of irony and humour, prompting many entertaining stories and much laughter. He had great affection for Bala, Muskoka, a favourite retreat with family and friends, where his love of live big-band music and jazz flourished; he was also passionate about travel, books, military history, NFL football, Formula 1 racing and his bright red 1960 MGA.
Raised and educated in Mimico (now part of western Toronto), a graduate of Grade 13 University of Toronto Schools in 1943 and of University of Toronto Medical School, 1948. Following a year as General Practitioner in Chapleau, Ontario, he completed a post-graduate course in Anaesthesia in 1952. Served with RCAMC (Reserve) 1948-52, rank Captain; RCAF 1954-60, rank Squadron Leader. Worked for a year on an R.S. McLaughlin scholarship (UK) in 1952-53 where he survived the country's second worst train accident.
Lecturer in Anaesthesia, Hospital for Sick Children 1953-59; Chief of Anaesthesia 1960-71; Professor of Anaesthesiology, University of Toronto 1967-88 where he was named Professor Emeritus 1989. While Director of the Intensive Care Unit 1971-81, he spearheaded a technique to help save
children from cold-water drowning. This led to a sabbatical in Anaesthesia Research, Univ.of Texas, San Antonio in 1982. Author of numerous medical articles on Hypothermia, Anaesthesia, Paediatric Intensive Care, and near-drowning in notable medical journals.
Chairman, Risk Management, Sick Kids' Hospital, 1982-87. He initiated the transport from Burma (now Myanmar) of conjoined twins Htut Lin and Htut Win and their successful separation at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1984.
Recipient, Robert B. Smith Award, American Academy of Pediatrics 1988; Gold Medal, Canadian Anaesthetists' Society 1994; Gold Medal, World Federation of Paediatric Intensive Critical Care Societies 2000; Hon. Fellow, Royal College Anaesthetics (UK); Emeritus Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Honorary Member of the Japanese Society of Anaesthesiologists 2009.
After 42 years in his beloved lakefront home in Mimico, he and Marian moved to the Village by the Arboretum in Guelph in 1999.
Friends will be received at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon Street, Guelph, on Thursday, October 7th from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, October 8th at the Harcourt Memorial United Church, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph. at 1 p.m. Private interment to follow at a later date at Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto.
Al had requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Dr. Alan W. Conn Graduate Award in Anaesthesia, Chair, Dept. of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 1 King's College Circle, Toronto ON M5S 1A8. Cards are available at the funeral home 519-821-5077 or send condolences at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com.