In Memoriam: Dr. Paul Harding

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is saddened by the passing of Dr. Paul Harding, Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, a trailblazer in obstetrics education and research in Canada and worldwide.

Dr. Harding, considered the father of neonatal research in Canada, will be remembered for his dedication and leadership as a clinical researcher. Dr. Harding is credited with building a strong culture of research within obstetrics, particularly at the School, where he demonstrated leadership through recruitment of new faculty and while serving as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology from 1982 to 1992; Hospital Chief at St. Joseph’s Health Care London from 1974 to 1982; and Associate Dean, Research at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry from 1993 to 1996.

In 2018, the Annual Paul Harding Research Day was established in recognition of Dr. Harding’s legacy, to showcase research endeavors of students, scientists, residents and faculty within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

Dr. Harding was also an alumnus of the School, having completed medical school and postgraduate training at Western University. After his postdoctoral training at Oxford University, he returned to Western University, advancing to a full professor in 1978. He was honoured with the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni of Distinction Award in 2018.

Dr. Harding passed away on September 28, 2020. He is survived by his wife Mary and his siblings Lorraine and John.

A memorial notice can be found here.