Lives of the fellows

Charles Sutherland Rennie

b.13 September 1915 d.17 October 2007
MD Manitoba(1940) LMCC(1940) MRCP(1948) FACP(1964) FRCPC(1974) FRCP(1976)

Charles Sutherland Rennie was a physician at Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia, Canada. He was born on a farm near Truax, Saskatchewan, one of eight children of Robert Dodds Rennie, who worked for the Canadian National Railway, and his wife. Rennie was raised in Saskatoon, where he attended elementary school. He then studied medicine at the University of Manitoba Medical School, graduating with his MD in June 1940.

In May 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and was seconded to the 29th British Army General Hospital. He took part in the North African and Normandy campaigns, the liberation of Belgium and the invasion of Germany. From April to May 1945 his unit treated and evacuated the survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Demobilised in October 1946, he returned to Canada and completed his training in internal medicine, gaining his MRCP in 1948. He was appointed as a consultant physician at Vancouver General Hospital, where he was well-liked and highly respected. He was also a clinical instructor for the University of British Columbia, and in retirement became a clinical associate professor emeritus.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed golf and was a member of the Marine Drive Golf Club for over 50 years.

In June 1949 he married Kathleen Vivian Fair. She predeceased him in 1989. Rennie was survived by his stepson, Tom, and his caregiver and friend Mary Anderson, as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

RCP editor

[The Vancouver Sun 23 October 2007 – accessed 25 September 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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