MORRISH, Hugh Fraser
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December 28, 1931 - January 21, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hugh Fraser Morrish on January 21, 2013 at the age of 81.
Hugh was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended University High School in Garneau, where he made many life long friends. He met Catherine Robertson, his wife of forty-four years, while both were attending the University of Alberta. Hugh completed medical school at the U of A and then moved to Baltimore, Maryland where Hugh trained and eventually worked as a radiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sons William and Thomas were both born in Baltimore. Hugh often described his days in Baltimore as some of the best of his life and still had many friends from that era. In 1966, the family moved to Calgary when Hugh accepted a position at the newly opening Foothills Hospital. Hugh practised Radiology in Calgary for thirty-five years. He was the Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the University of Calgary/ Foothills Hospital. He co-founded what is now EFW Radiology (formerly known as Morrish, Evans and Associates). He also spent many years working with the Canadian Medical Protective Association, eventually serving as president. With his towering stature and affable nature, he was hard to miss in both the hospital and the office. Hugh had a passion for skiing in the winter and skied for many decades in the Canadian Rockies, starting in the early days of both Norquay and Sunshine. In summer, his primary passion was golf. For many years, he was part of the first group out every weekend morning at the Canmore golf course, even if full winter gear was required. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his time in the Three Hills area and in Canmore. Hugh had a great love of dogs. The validity of the saying "man's best friend" certainly does not come into question. Even in his later years, despite his physical difficulties, Hugh could be seen daily out walking his dog, weathering whatever elements might confront him. His incredible persistence and determination were an example and inspiration to many.
Hugh is survived and will be missed by his son Will (Nathalie) of Calgary; his grandchildren, Thomas, Edward, and Rosalie and his sister Barb, as well as several nieces and nephews. Hugh was predeceased by his wife Catherine in 2000, by his son Thomas in 1985 and by his brother Stuart.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Hugh's life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 - 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or directly to the Lupus Society of Alberta, #200, 1301 - 8 Street, SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 Telephone: (403) 228 - 7956 or (403) 244 - 7591, www.lupus.ab.ca.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 26, 2013