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James L. Whitby

WHITBY, James L. - Died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Dr. James Lyndall Whitby of London was in his 92nd year. Dear husband and best friend for almost 68 years of Margaret (née Jerwood). Loving father of Elizabeth (Jonathan) in England, Peter (Barb) of Waterloo, and Rachel (Steve) in England. Grandfather of Jonathan (Jaymie-Lee), Peter, Greg and Christy (Kyle) and great grandfather of Brooke and Brie. Jim emigrated from England in 1971 to set up and head the Dept. of Microbiology of the newly built University Hospital in London Ontario. Also a member of the University Faculty of Medicine, he taught medical, dental, nursing and microbiology students. He subsequently became involved with the gamma irradiation of medical equipment and chaired a committee that developed the international standard dosage for this procedure. Music was a lifelong passion and he enjoyed playing in Orchestra London Canada (previously London Symphony Orchestra) for 20 years. Many holidays were spent in Europe attending Opera performances and seeking out antiquarian music that was no longer available in print. Most of this music is now in Western's Music Library. One of his greatest pleasures was playing string quartets from this collection at home with Margaret and friends. The family is extremely appreciative of the professional, compassionate and dedicated care and support they received from many specialists and home care teams. A memorial gathering, with reception to follow, will be held at HARRIS FUNERAL HOME , 220 St. James St. at Richmond, on Sunday, June 12 at 2 pm. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jim are asked to consider Western's Music Library, London Community Orchestra or any charity of their choice.13063705
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Who could ever forget Dr Whitby
Posted by Dr Upe Mehan (Former Student/Colleague of Peter Whitby) On Friday, June 10, 2016
Though we had many lecturers in medical school, mostly names we have forgotten, Dr Whitby was one that we will always remember for his unique and humorous way of making microbiology fun and understandable! As well, he was always a kind friendly soul---who else would help a desperate medical student get all his vaccinations for an overseas elective by arranging for them in his own office. May he rest in peace. Our sincere sympathies and regrets for not being able to attend the service!
From Dr.Jeff Nagge
Posted by peter whitby (Jim's son) On Thursday, June 9, 2016
Jeff is a professor of Pharmacy at U or W and sent me

this message ;" I enjoyed his great sense of humor,appreciated his generosity and admired his never ending competitive nature, my only regret is not taking him up on his offer to deliver a pharmacology lecture for me".

from Dr.Paul Sharkey
Posted by Dr.Peter Whibty (Jim's son) On Thursday, June 9, 2016
My condolences on losing your father .He was a wonderful gentle man and it was a pleasure to have met and be taught by him.
message from Jim's neice
Posted by peter whitby (son) On Thursday, June 9, 2016
from Mary , his niece our cousin ;

I remember him coming out to Zululand when I was 13 and his views of the world opened up my thinking to the world at large.Also he and Margaret were very kind to me when I stayed with them in the 1970's.Thanks to him for being such a tremendous Uncle and friend.

Posted by Miguel A. Valvano (Colleague) On Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Dear Whitby family; I met Jim for the first time during my job interview as Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at Western in 1987. I could not have imagined then that our paths would continue in London for so many years. He was a nice and true gentleman. Rest assured that a bit of him will remain warmly in my memory.


Miguel A. Valvano, M.D.?

Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases?

?Microbiology and Immunology Department Chair (2004-2012).

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