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Dr. Samuel LUDWIN
1944 - 2020
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DR. SAMUEL LUDWIN Passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 peacefully at his home in Kingston, Ontario, after a valiant battle against ALS. Born October 16th, 1944, to Genia and Dorik Ludwin in Johannesburg, South Africa, he enjoyed a distinguished medical career, wide-ranging interests, and-most of all-the love and companionship of Vivien, his wife of 51 years, their children Derek (Stacey) and Raymond (Karen) and grandchildren Andrew and Elizabeth, his siblings, nieces, and nephews, and his friends. After attending King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, where he combined classical learning with sports and acting, he went on an American Field Service exchange to Huntington Beach High, where he basked in California's freedom and the love of his host family. He then trained at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School before returning with Vivien to California for his residency at Stanford University. In 1975, he and his young family moved to Kingston, where he became a Professor of Pathology and an oft-awarded teacher at Queen's University, and an outstanding neuropathologist at Kingston General Hospital. He rose to leadership positions, including VP of Research at both institutions. His erudition, warmth, and generous teaching style inspired generations of students and residents. Samuel devoted his professional life to studying degenerative diseases of the brain and nervous system, and made important research advances in multiple sclerosis (MS). He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his instrumental role in growing the MS Society of Canada, where he served as Medical Director and spearheaded a $20 million fundraising campaign for the endMS research network. He was President of both the Canadian Association of Neuropathology and the International Society of Neuropathology, and received the American Association of Neuropathology's Meritorious Service Award for his leadership and extensive research contributions. Despite his international reputation, he was best known for his modesty and efforts to nurture the professional growth of others. Samuel's infectious energy extended well beyond his professional life; he was a true renaissance man, interested in everything and everyone. Through his travels, hobbies, sports, and passions, he amassed a large circle of friends who benefited equally from his loyalty and humour. He collected books, art, carpets, fountain pens - and especially antique maps of Africa. He climbed mountains, explored culture and nature on multiple continents, and reveled in Kingston's many water-based activities. Music was another lifelong passion: he returned to the piano later in his adult life, served as Programming Director of the Kingston Symphony, and went to concerts in every city he visited. Although Samuel officially "retired" in 2010, and even spent time playing golf, he remained active professionally as a visiting scientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute as long as his health permitted. Above all, he was a devoted and adoring husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His loving, whimsical, and mischievous spirit will forever be remembered. Funeral Service at Beth Israel Congregation (116 Centre Street, Kingston) on Thursday, January 23rd at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery. (1018 Sydenham Road, Kingston)The family will receive friends at Harbour Place Level A (185 Ontario Street, Kingston) that evening from 5-7 p.m., and on Friday January 24th from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Shiva will continue in Bethesda, Maryland. Samuel's family is deeply grateful for the outstanding care that he received from his physicians, therapists, caregivers, and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the ALS Society of Canada, Queen's University Department of Pathology Research Fund, Kingston Symphony, or Beth Israel Synagogue. Arrangements entrusted to the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes, Central Chapel Kingston. www.GFTompkins-Central.ca

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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23
Visitation
05:00 - 07:00 PM
JAN
23
Funeral service
11:00 AM
JAN
24
Visitation
07:30 - 09:30 AM
Harbour Place Level A
JAN
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Visitation
11:30 - 01:30 PM
Harbour Place Level A
Memories & Condolences
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January 27, 2020
Dear Vivien and family: Ian and I were saddened to learn of Sam's death. We feel a bond with your family because of the wonderful family home which we enjoy as had your family. It was a pleasure to keep in touch with Sam at Saturday Club meetings. I always admired his sense of humour, decency, intellect, curiosity, and considerate manner. Our condolences on your loss.
Ruth Wilson Ian Casson
January 23, 2020
Just received this awful news today. I feel so sorry for EVERYONE who knew him. He will be so missed - he was such a wonderful man. RIP Sam.
Jackie Munroe
January 22, 2020
Peter Cleaton-Jones
January 22, 2020
Sam was one of my pathology mentors from 1975 to 1978. His enthusiasm for medicine, for science in general as well as for artistic life was remarkable. My thoughts are for Vivien and family.
Serge Jothy
January 22, 2020
Dear Ludwin family, So sorry to hear about Sam's passing. Both Mike and I attended Wits University with Sam. He was in my class and then in my husband's class. We both thought that he was a wonderful person and would achieve very much in his life. We emigrated to the USA in 1977 and now live in Sacramento,CA. Please accept our sincere condolences. Laraine (Lob) Silberstein and Michael Silberstein.
January 22, 2020
A supportive friend and mentor to a new faculty member (me) way back in 1982. Here`s to you, Sam.
David Andrew
January 22, 2020

A supportive mentor and friend to a new faculty member (me) way back in 1982. Here`s to you Sam.
Dave Andrew
January 22, 2020
I will miss a wonderful colleague and a fine, courageous friend. My condolences to Sam's family. My thoughts are with you in your time of bereavement.
Anthony Feinstein
Friend
January 22, 2020
Dear Vivien and family,
So saddened to hear about Sam's passing. What a bright light;his spirit lives on in all of those he interacted with, both professionally and personally.
May his memory be a blessing and inspiration to us all.
With our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts are with you.
Vivien Frenkel and David Moher
Vivien Frenkel
January 22, 2020
To Derek and the Ludwin family. I was saddened to see the notice of your fathers passing. I am very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.
Mona Rahman
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