ROSSALL, Richard E.
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M.B., Ch.B., M.R.C.P., (London), M.D. (Leeds) (By Thesis), F.R.C.P. (C), F.R.C.P. (London)
On November 28, 2012, Dr. Richard Edward ("Dick") Rossall passed away in the same manner as he lived his distinguished life - with strength, dignity and surrounded by family.
Born in Lytham-St. Annes, Lancashire, England on January 11, 1926, Dick completed his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Leeds relying on scholarships earned, graduating in 1950. After taking several training positions in Leeds and London, he obtained his British specialty qualifications, moving on to serve in the Royal Army Medical Corps first as a Junior Medical Specialist and later, commanding the Medical Division of the British Military Hospital in post-war Hanover, Germany. Upon leaving the Army, he took several senior positions in Medicine and Cardiology in England before emigrating with his young family to Canada in 1957, to join the faculty at the University of Alberta. There, he developed a superb reputation as a consulting cardiologist and lecturer and, from 1969 to 1988 served as the Director of the Division of Cardiology. He also served as Associate Dean of Medicine. Dick retired from the University in 1991. In 1992, Dick was awarded the Governor General's Confederation Medal.
Following retirement, he worked to rehabilitate disabled persons, acting as a consultant with the Workers' Compensation Board; serving on the Medical Appeals Tribunal for the Canada Pension Plan; and as an appointee to the City of Edmonton's Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities.
His major teaching accomplishments were the creation of the first Post-Graduate Training Program at the University of Alberta (which he eventually directed) as well as the development of a computer-assisted instruction course for undergraduates in cardiology in 1969, which is still in use today in locations all over the world.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dick was active as a Member and one- time President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society; as President of the Allied Arts Council in the early 1960's; and as an invited guest speaker for many service clubs. In his spare time he was able to climb a few mountains, including fulfilling his lifelong dream to climb to the base camp of Mount Everest in 1983.
In his later years, he and Joan circled the world in cruise ships, visiting many fascinating countries and meeting many new friends.
Predeceased by his parents, Robert and Lillian Rossall, and his daughter-in-law Nadine (in August of this year), Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Joan; sons Steven and Jonathan (Shauna Conroy); and his two grandchildren William and Zachary.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Station 9Y of the Edmonton General Hospital for the compassionate care provided in Dick's last days, as well as to many of Dick's professional colleagues, most notably Dr. Ron Barton.
There will be a private funeral service following cremation. The family will be hosting a Wake/Celebration of LIfe to remember Dick, at his favorite dining and dancing site, the U of A Faculty Club from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on January 5, 2013. Mark your calendars.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you consider a donation to the Dr. Richard and Joan Rossall Award in Clinical Skills in Cardiology, c/o the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry Foundation, University of Alberta; or alternatively a charity of your choice.
For condolences please visit www.connelly-mckinley.com
Published in The Edmonton Journal from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2012