Former Dean named to Order of Canada

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Former Dean, Dr. Robert Y. McMurtry has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for his leadership and vision in helping to strengthen health care delivery in Canada.

The Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada's centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 50 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 15 Officers (O.C.), and 35 Members (C.M.).

Dr. McMurtry was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at The University of Western Ontario from 1992 to 1999, and is a Professor Emeritus and member of the Hand and Upper Limb Clinic (HULC). He was also founding Assistant Deputy Minister of the Population and Public Health Branch of Health Canada and former Special Advisor to the Romanow Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Dr. McMurtry now lives in Picton, Ontario.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.