LAUDAN, John Carl Harold
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It is with sadness that the family announces that Dr. John Carl Harold Laudan died suddenly of a heart attack while in hospital on September 14, 2013, in Vancouver, while recovering from unrelated surgery. He was 81. John Laudan was born in Milden, Saskatchewan on November 1, 1931, the son of Dr. Harry Laudan and Ethel Laudan (nee Bentley). He received his medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received thesis honours and was awarded the degree of Medical Doctor in 1957, after which he interned in Vancouver, British Columbia. He joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps as a captain in 1958 and served for three years at Fort Churchill, Manitoba. Returning to Vancouver to train as a radiologist, he received his specialist certification in 1965 and became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1972. He practiced in Vancouver at Associated Diagnostic Radiologists for many years, retiring in 2010. He was also a portrait and landscape painter, classicist, erudite scholar in many areas, figure skater, singer, pianist, accomplished sabre fencer, dancer, rider, linguist (he spoke four languages), husband, father and grandfather. He was an enthusiastic follower of politics and made many friends among the principals and followers of the conservative political magazine National Review, which he read attentively throughout much of his life. During an eventful lifetime he found time to be married five times, twice to Lesley who was the love of his life. He sometimes had a gruff manner and cantankerous opinions, but also a deep humility, and never wanted to be fussed over. He would be entirely surprised by how much he is missed. He will be remembered by his wife Lesley, his children Alyne, Hamilton, their mother Marion, Dirk (Mina) and Carl, his grandchildren Nicholas and Suhana, his sister Barbara, and many others. For the time and place of the Celebration of Life please contact Dirk Laudan at firstname.lastname@example.org. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Kearney Funeral Services, 604-736-0268
Published in National Post from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21, 2013