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Saturday February 14, 2015

John Robert Evans

Died peacefully at home
February 13, 2015, after a long
struggle with Parkinson's
   John enjoyed a full life marked
by contributions on many fronts
He pioneered a new model of
medical education as the
founding Dean of McMaster
University Medical School in
1965. He served as President of
the University of Toronto from
1972-1978. He was the first
Director of the World Bank's
Population, Health and Nutrition
Division. He was the CEO of
Allelix, Canada's first
biotechnology company, the
Chair of TorStar, the first Chair of
the Canadian Foundation for
Innovation, the Chair of the
Rockefeller Foundation, and
most recently the founding Chair
of MaRS. Throughout his career
and his life, his greatest
satisfaction came from caring for
others as a clinician and
mentoring colleagues in their
   Born October 1, 1929, John
joined siblings Mary, Watson,
Gertrude, Gwendolyn, Anne and
Elizabeth as the youngest of 7
children of Mary and William
Watson Evans. John will be
missed by his loving wife Gay, of
61 years, his children Derek,
Mark, Michael, Gill, Tim and
Willa, his daughters/son-in-
laws, Janet, Sarah, Lise, Alayne
and David and his 23
   The family are grateful to a
wonderful care team that
included Drs. Sandra Black, David
Goldbloom, John Floras, Tony
Lang and Pauline Pariser and a
home-care team including
Graciela, Miezel, Minda, Rose,
Sharyn.Tasshyn, Samira and
   A memorial service will be held
at Grace Church on the Hill in
Toronto on Thursday, February
19, 2015, at 2PM.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may
be made to the Parkinson's
Society Canada.

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