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Louis Horlick, OC, SOM, MD, FRCPC
Born December 2, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, died October 23, 2012 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Mourned by his wife Ruth, four sons and their wives, Jonathan (Kathi), Andrew (Anne), Allan and Simon (Margo) and eight grandchildren, Sarah, Leah, Nicholas, Sam, Simon, Jay, Zoe and Abby. On October 7, 2012, he and Ruth celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. His parents, Sophie Katz and Phillip Horlick, separately emigrated from Poland and Russia to New York City to escape religious persecution and make a new life. They met working in the NYC garment district sweat shops, married, and in 1910 immigrated to Montreal, Quebec. Louis was the fourth of seven siblings, predeceased by Jacob, David, Sam, Miriam and Sarah. He is survived by his sister Ruth Krashinsky. In Montreal, Louis attended Devonshire Public School, Baron Byng High School and, through scholarships and the assistance of his siblings, McGill University. He graduated in medicine from McGill in 1945 receiving the Holmes Gold Medal for the highest standing over 4 years of studies. Louis interned at the Montreal General Hospital, spent 2 years as a fellow in the Cardiovascular Institute at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago where he began his career in medical research in the area of experimental atherosclerosis. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Physicians in 1952. Louis completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at McGill receiving an MSc. and Diploma in Internal Medicine (Experimental Medicine) in 1953.
Louis' goal was to work in academic medicine, and in 1954 he joined the staff of the Department of Medicine of the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, when it became a full four year degree granting institution. He had the privilege of teaching the first group of students to graduate in medicine from the UofS. Louis established the Division of Cardiology and its laboratories and developed a research program in atherosclerosis. From 1968 to 1974 he was Professor and Head of the Department of Medicine. He was a highly skilled clinician and treated patients from throughout Saskatchewan over the course of his 50+ years of medical practise at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He became Emeritus Professor in 1989 and continued to work in cardiology until earlier this year. He published more than 60 papers in scientific journals and gave many papers at scientific meetings in his area of research, cholesterol and atherosclerosis. He was recognized internationally for his research. Louis wrote and edited 3 books dealing with the history of the Uof S College of Medicine and the Royal University Hospital. The first, Medical College to Community Resource: Saskatchewan's Medical School, 1978-1998, added to the history of the first 50 years (1926-1978) of the medical college written by Louis' medical colleague Dr. D. J. Buchan in Greenhouse to Medical Centre. The 2nd, They Built Better Than They Knew: Saskatchewan's Royal University Hospital, 1995-1992 appeared under Louis' name. The third, J. Wendell Macleod, Saskatchewan's Red Dean, was a biography of the man who played a critical role in establishing both the new College of Medicine and the University Hospital.
Louis had the honour and privilege to be involved in many of the important institutions which make up Canadian medicine. He served as a Member of the Medical Research Council of Canada, as Member of the Medical Council of Canada, and as Member of Council and Vice President (Medicine) of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He was a Member of the Saskatchewan Health Research Board and served as Vice-Chairman of that Board. He served as Chairman of the Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation and served on the UofS Board of Governors.
Recognized for his scholarship and contributions to Canadian Medical research, Louis was the recipient of many awards, including: National Health Scientist Award 1975; National Volunteer Award 1988; Saskatchewan Order of Merit 1991; James Graham Award, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 1991; Annual Achievement Award, Canadian Cardiovascular Society 1992; Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Award of Scientific Merit 1994; and Officer of the Order of Canada 1995.
Louis was immensely proud of the Royal University Hospital, the UofS, and especially the College of Medicine where he trained hundreds of physicians who practise throughout Canada. Louis loved teaching medicine and took much satisfaction in the success of UofS medical graduates. He and Ruth embraced Saskatoon as their new home in 1954 and Saskatchewan provided them with many opportunities for which they remain grateful. Together they made many contributions to the cultural life in Saskatoon. A lover of music, he supported the Saskatoon Symphony and sang in the University Chorus. As a long- time volunteer with the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation and with their support, Louis Horlick was instrumental in persuading the City of Saskatoon to establish a 9-1-1 emergency system that is relied on every day by over 240,000 Saskatonians. Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 26, 2012 at Congregation Agudas Israel, 715 McKinnon Ave., Saskatoon. In memory of Louis Horlick contributions to the Saskatchewan Heart and Stroke Foundation are welcomed.

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25, 2012.
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October 16, 2013
With my younger son, Akshay, 5 yrs old
Dear Ruth,
You and Louis were my beacons of warmth and hospitality through the years of my doctoral study at UofS. I enjoyed many home made meals at your place, listened to the interesting stories of your travels around the world, and was thrilled when you made the trip to India and met my family. My parents, siblings, husband and little boys join me in the remembrance of Louis -- for his sense of humour, his versatility, and his youthful energy.
Take care.
Abha Prakash
November 14, 2012
Dear Ruth and Family,

Jan and I were very sad to hear of Louis' death. As you may remember, he looked after my Mom for many years, and we think he is one of the reasons that she lived until age 96! I have very fond memories of him when I was a medical student: an excellent teacher, always very clear and organized and with a genuine interest in his students. We were lucky to have him as an instructor. May your many happy memories be a comfort to you at this time.
Sincerely, Dr. Ron and Jan Gibson
Ron Gibson
November 10, 2012
Dear Ruth, I am so very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. My thoughts are with you in this time of saddness.
Fern Major (McLaren)
November 1, 2012
Dear Ruth (Mrs Norvak) and family; I echo Shauna's comments. I have such fond memories of your father and of your family . Here is a photo I found I am sure you would like to see. My condolences to all of you.
Bruce Buchan
November 1, 2012
October 31, 2012
Dr. Horlick was my heart specialist from the age of 18 till the time he quit seeing pts. I am now 57 and I would not be here were it not for his expertise. He was a very special doctor and took interest in his patients. May God be with you Mrs. Horlick and family at this time. Alvin Hiebert Dalmeny, Sask.
October 29, 2012
Dear Ruth,Jonathan ,Allan ,Simon, and Andrew ;
I was so saddened to hear of your loss of a wonderful husband and father. Louis was also a friend and colleague to my father and they shared some great times together that seemed to always include much laughter. Cherish your memories as I know he will be missed so very much.
Shauna Buchan
October 28, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Horlick. I worked with him as a nurse at University Hospital in the early 1960's. I will always remember the night he physically ran from his home to the hospital to help a patient who had a cardiac arrest. That committment to his patients has been a vivid memory all my life. What a marvelous doctor he was.
Yvonne Pinder, Kelowna, BC
Yvonne Pinder
October 28, 2012
One of my very dear teachers who along with Bob Hayton was responsible for most of the internal medicine I managed to absorb. My condolences to his family.
John Donaldson
October 26, 2012
We are thinking of you and your family with memories of times we shared together.Bev & Bud Edstrom, Winnipeg MB
October 26, 2012
Lou was a wonderful story teller and a generous spirit that ENJOYED LIFE TO THE FULLEST. He and Ruth have been our loyal friends for 30 years.
David Popkin
October 26, 2012
Mrs. Horlick, Jonathan, and the Horlick family
Our sympathy to you on the passing of your husband and father. Saskatoon has lost one of the pillars of its medical community as well as the community as a whole. He will be deeply missed.
Reynold and Kay Robertson
Kay Robertson
October 26, 2012
I don't think I have ever read an obituarly that was such a wonderful piece of Saskatoon history as well. You must be very proud to have called this man husband, father and grandfather. Thank you for sharing his life with the entire community.
October 26, 2012
Dear Ruth, Jonathan, Andrew, Allan and Simon,
My deepest condolences. He was a good man and a great teacher; he was Lou Horlick. That says it all. Take care.
Mark MacFadyen
October 25, 2012
Dear Ruth, Jonathan, Andrew, Allan and Simon,
Our sincere condolences to you! I have many fond memories of all the family gatherings over the years. Our thoughts are with you and sadly we will not be there tomorrow.
Sheila and Kerry Morgan
Sheila Morgan
October 25, 2012
Ruth & family,
Dr. Horlick was a friend & barber shop customer of ours for many years. We always enjoyed hearing his stories about family & work. He will be remember. Our condolence Bonnie Glessing & Kaye Schmidt
Kaye Schmidt
October 25, 2012
Dear Ruth and family,
We send our sincerest condolences. Please know that we are thinking of you and of times past.We have been away from Saskatoon for a long time now but we shall never forget the good food and conversation that we had at your place.
Lou will be missed so much and we send you love. Leslie and Maureen Ivan.
Maureen Ivan
October 25, 2012
Dear Ruth and family,
On behalf of the board and staff of the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, I offer you our heartfelt condolences. Lou played a key role in the province's medical and research communities, including serving on the Saskatchewan Health Research Board, 1980-88, and leading a working group on cholesterol for the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission in 90s. He was a man who made a difference and we appreciate his service to medical research and care in our province.
June Bold, CEO, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
October 25, 2012
Dear Ruth, Jonathan, Andrew, Allan and Simon,
Please accept Lois's and my condolences. Lou was a remarkable man, whose impact on Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and health-care will outlast all of us. Not many people leave such an enduring legacy. He'll be missed.
David and Lois McDonald, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
October 25, 2012
Hi, Ruth I send you and your family my deepest regards, Lou and yourself have been one of the highest points in my life and career.
I can never forget the encouragement and teaching that your husband always extended to me career and being a single parent.
Vida Lee Todd
October 24, 2012
Ruth and family our sincerest condolences to you and your family on your loss. Our thoughts are with you
J Graham Copeland
October 24, 2012
Dear Horlick family:

We just heard that Louis passed away. Please accept our condolences and our thanks to you and to him for so many kindnesses over the years.

Petty Landa and family
Petty Landa
October 24, 2012
I Am Fran Amy!!! I met Dr L Horlick very early in my life at RUH in the non envasive cardioligy lab. I am so very humbled by this giving,sharing man!!
Ruth !!! I will never forget the both of you...every Christmss you shared your gifts with the lab...I still have your presents in my home...
Always and forever I will remember Dr.LOU HORLICK as an example of the goodness of man and helpfullness and just the spirit of a super MAN!!!
Fran Amy
October 24, 2012
Lou was a stellar teacher, scholar, leader and public servant. Saskatchewan is a better place because of him, and his example will continue to inspire everyone who had the good fortune to know him. Our sympathies to Ruth and the family.
Donna Greschner
October 24, 2012
Ruth I am so sorry to hear about Louis. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Donna Potter Sask Craft Council
October 24, 2012
I was a member of the Medical Class of 1959 and remember Dr. Horlick as a wonderful teacher and a physcian who showed a sincere respect for all his patients and students. He was one of my most mememorable professors and a role model that I will never forget.
My thoughts are with you.
Dr.Thomas Hourigan
Dr.Thomas Hourigan
October 24, 2012
Our thoughts are with Ruth and the Horlick family. Lou was a wonderful, brilliant, funny, insightful and caring man - he will be missed by all those who knew him.
Max Bilson
October 24, 2012
Our thoughts are with you and the family, Ruth. Louis was always an inspiration as a physician, a congenial colleague,
an engaging conversationalist and a thoughtful neighbor.
He will be missed.
Bob Griebel and Sandy Easterbrook
Robert Griebel
October 24, 2012
Lou was an inspiration for our class (1969)and a role model for all to follow. He was still enthused and teaching at our last reunion only 3 years ago.
He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.
John Green
October 24, 2012
I am 65 years old and Dr Horlick is "responsible" for me being alive today!! He started looking after me when I was 12. My Prayers are with you Mrs Horlick and family. He was a wonderful man and saved many lives. God Bless his Soul.
Cliff Whitfield
October 24, 2012
An exemplary human being and remarkable mentor to whom I am deeply grateful.
Roy Cameron
October 24, 2012
Ruth and family, Lou Horlick was a magnificent teacher and mentor for me.
I admired all aspects of his work and life .
Sadly missed
Charlie Simpson
October 24, 2012
Ruth and family so sorry to hear about Louis. We always aprreciated his comments and full of life attitude. We know he lived a full and rewarding life and will be missed by everyone.
Maurice and Janet Duval
October 24, 2012
Dear Mrs. Horlick and family: My sincere sympathy on the loss of a wonderful person. My memories of him as we worked together on the 50th anniversary of the College are so wonderful - how he enjoyed his trip to LaRonge and all of the work and effort he put in to make this event a success. His students respected him deeply for all of the knowledge that he gave them. Truly he made a positive mark on many lives. He will be sadly missed. Blessings to you all.
Daphne Tkachuk
October 24, 2012
We enjoyed a long friendship with Louis and Ruth and the family. Our thoughts are with you in celebrating a life well lived and your many contributions to Saskatoon, to Canada and to the world.
Dr. Jon and Naomi Gerrard
October 24, 2012
Lou was a patient teacher who taught and modelled patient centred care. I learned much from him and appreciated his encouragement as my medical career developed. I appreciated his friendship and quiet humour.
Jim Fenton
October 24, 2012
I send condolences to the family. Our community has lost an outstanding citizen and contributor. May he rest in peace.
Wayne Toews
October 24, 2012

Dear Mrs Horlick & family: Please accept my sincere sympathy. It was indeed a pleassure to work with Dr. Horlick especially in the organization of the 50th aniversary of the College of Medicine - he truly has been an inspiration to so many and worked tirelessly for the betterment of anything that he was involved in. Students who had the privilege of having him as a teacher and a mentor continue to thank him for what he instilled in them, the love of working in an honored profession. Blessings to you all.
Daphne Tkachuk
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