Lives of the fellows

Donald Lavell Lloyd-Smith

b.8 July 1917 d.26 July 1998
MD McGill(1941) FRCPC FRCP

Donald Lavell Lloyd-Smith was an eminent Canadian neurologist. Born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, he grew up in Montreal. Academically gifted, he graduated in medicine from McGill University with a gold medal in 1941. From 1942 to 1945 he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a medical officer in Holland and the UK. On demobilisation he entered Magdalen College, Oxford, as a Rhodes scholar and was a student there from 1946 to 1948.

He returned to Montreal as an associate professor at McGill and as a researcher at the Montreal Neurological Institute. During his time there he produced 17 important scientific papers. His specific area of interest was in seizure disorder and the use of EEG as a diagnostic tool. In 1970, he moved to Toronto. He practised mostly at the North York Branson Hospital, but also occasionally at the Etobicoke General Hospital, St Joseph’s Hospital and the Wellesley Hospital. At the same time he taught clinical neurology at the University of Toronto. He retired in 1997.

During his time in England, he met Hazel Marion (‘Peggy’) née Pitman, and married her on 1 January 1945. They had three daughters, Carolyn, Louise and Clare, and two sons, Robert and Geoffrey, both of whom qualified in medicine. Peggy predeceased him. When he died, in the New York General Hospital, he was survived by his children and thirteen grandchildren.

RCP editor

[Federationgenealogie www.federationgenealogie.qc.ca/avisdeces/avis/pdf?id=570783 – accessed 26 March 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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