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WEATHERSTON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-05-02 published
Architect had a passion for museums
He won Governor-General's Award for a high-rise called 'a superior project' and helped to put the Royal Ontario Museum on the map
By Allison LAWLOR Friday, May 2, 2003 - Page R11
For Toronto architect Henry SEARS, working in museum-exhibit planning and design proved to be the perfect fit. What better place for a man interested in the world to delve into the fine details of everything from fossils to Meissen china?
"He had an inquiring mind, "said Doreen SEARS, his wife of 51 years. "[Museums] fed his natural curiosity in the most wonderful way."
Mr. SEARS, who died on March 19 at the age of 73, began his museum work in the mid-1970s at the Royal Ontario Museum when he was hired to be part of a task force to plan future expansion of the Toronto institution.
"Our job was to reimagine the Royal Ontario Museum, "said Louis LEVINE, director of collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. At the time, Mr. LEVINE was a curator at the Royal Ontario Museum and part of the task force.
"He was the one who made us think. He wouldn't take fuzzy answers from us, "Mr. LEVINE said.
Mr. SEARS relished his job. Mr. LEVINE recalled how his good friend would show up at meetings unable to contain his enthusiasm. With the excitement of a young child, he would describe to the group, many of whom were academic archeologists, what he had learned on his travels through the museum.
"He was hungry for information. He wanted to know how things work, "said his son Joel SEARS.
The task force produced an influential publication called Communicating With the Museum Visitor in 1976, which became a textbook for museum work, said Dan RAHIMI, director of collections management at the Royal Ontario Museum. The publication put the museum on the world map as being a leader in museum theory, Mr. RAHIMI added.
In subsequent years, Mr. SEARS continued to work with the Royal Ontario Museum on various projects ranging from designing travelling exhibits to gallery space. "He was so sensitive to the content. He would always ask what is this gallery about? What stories do they tell?" Mr. RAHIMI said.
Aside from the Royal Ontario Museum, Mr. SEARS worked with several other museums across Canada, the United States and Europe. In recent years, he and his firm Sears and Russell were working with the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin in the planning for a new permanent gallery. Mr. SEARS also worked with the Nova Scotia Museum, the Peabody Museum at Yale University and the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, among others.
"I don't think he ever had the sense that he would ever retire," said Jeff WEATHERSTON, an architect at Sears and Russell. "He just loved the work here."
Henry SEARS was born in Toronto on October 30, 1929. After graduating from Harbord Collegiate Institute in downtown Toronto, he went on to study architecture at the University of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1954. While at university he met a young woman named Doreen on a blind date. The couple married on July 1, 1951, and later had two sons.
After graduating from university, the young couple headed to Europe where they spent six months travelling before heading home. Back in Toronto, Mr. SEARS went to work for a variety of architectural firms before heading out on his own. In the late 1950s he and a partner Jeff KLEIN started the firm Klein and Sears. They worked on several housing projects in the city, including the Alexandra Park Co-operative. Built in the 1960s, the large public-housing project was one of the city's earliest such schemes.
A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Mr. SEARS received a Governor-General's Award for residential design in 1985. The award was for Cadillac Fairview Corp.'s Bay-Charles Towers, a mixed-use project designed by Mr. SEARS.
"A superior project, "the jury selecting the winners said at the time. According to the jury, the Toronto project shows that "the basic high-rise type provides opportunities for richness of expression hitherto rarely explored."
In 1984, Mr. SEARS created a new firm called Sears and Russell that was dedicated solely to museum work. Over the years, he acted as a mentor to several young architects who came to work for him and others who worked with him in the museum field.
Outside of work, Mr. SEARS loved to travel, and spent time at the family's country place near Meaford, north of Toronto, and on a sailboat on Lake Ontario. An avid sailor, Mr. SEARS continued to race even last year. "He was endlessly energetic and enthusiastic," Joel SEARS said.
Mr. SEARS, who died following a battle with cancer, leaves his wife, Doreen, and sons Alan and Joel.
"He was an optimist to the last minute, "Mr. LEVINE said. "He added beauty to the world."

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-08-08 published
Dr. Fred JOHNSON. Born January 23, 1910 Died July 15, 2003
Dr. Fred JOHNSON had a long and distinguished career as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He was a fine clinician, a leader of local and national stature, a shaper of careers, an inspiring teacher and most of all a role model for all who knew him. He was raised in a loving family on a farm near Hamilton. He joked that he went into medicine to avoid farm chores. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 1936, he interned at the Hamilton General Hospital and went on to Western Reserve University in Cleveland completing his training obstetrics and gynecology in 1941. He joined the staff at Hamilton General Hospital in 1942 and with Dr R.T. WEAVER made Hamilton renowned for skills in vaginal surgery. In 1958, he became Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hamilton Civic Hospitals and served in that position until 1972, 14 years. During his tenure a new medical school was developed at McMaster University. In 1966 he became one of its first Professors and in 1968 became the founding Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He built a new academic department based on strong clinical departments at the Henderson and St Joseph's Hospitals. He recruited and helped train many residents and many faculty who have gone on to practice in Hamilton, in other communities in Canada and in the U.S. Many of his graduates and his faculty have gone on to become national and international leaders in Obstetrics and Gynecology. All have their own personal stories to tell about how Fred stimulated, supported and shaped them. He provided critical support and guidance to those in his department who were developing what at that time were sometimes controversial new sub-specialty programs, particularly in gynecological oncology and maternal-fetal medicine. Fred was a wonderful educator. In the 1970's, Dr Bill WALSH, then Associate Dean at McMaster wrote of him as 'a senior physician who provides a role model as mature, wise, humane and expert -­ all at the same time.' Dr JOHNSON also helped guide and plan the building of McMaster University Medical Centre and was its first President as well as it's Clinical Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1971-1975. Hamilton was not alone in recognizing his abilities and accomplishments. He became an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1964. He was invited to be a Visiting Professor at Ohio State University in 1968. In 1969, he was appointed President of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the national society representing all obstetricians and gynecologists in Canada. In 1972, he was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in England. Up to that time, only six other Canadians had been so honored. Upon his retirement, he was appointed as a Professor Emeritus at McMaster. In his honour, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster created the F.L. Johnson Trust Fund. That fund has grown to provide critical support for research in the Department. Dr JOHNSON's family have requested that any donations in his memory be directed to that fund. It is hoped that the Fund will grow to a size able to support a McMaster University Chair in Women's Reproductive Health. In 1985 Dr Fred JOHNSON was awarded honorary Doctor of Laws by McMaster University in recognition of his many contributions and achievements. President of McMaster University Alvin LEE, in addition to identifying his clinical and academic contributions and identifying him as 'a medical statesman in Obstetrics and Gynecology' indicated that 'he has been a unique interpreter of both Hamilton and McMaster through his sense of excellence, his unfailing decency and his legendary humour and equanimity'. His wonderful family, many Friends and patients will always remember his kind gentle personality and his delightful dry sense if humour. Dr JOHNSON was a unique human being and leader who made critical contributions to the building of clinical and academic strengths of the clinical department at the Hamilton Civics, the creation of a new medical school and a new medical centre, development of a new academic department at McMaster, leadership of his discipline at a national level and, at a personal level, support and development of strengths and abilities in his students and his professional colleagues. We celebrate his impact and his legacy.

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WEAVER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-10-02 published
WEAVER, Clare Thorne
Died on Monday, September 29th, 2003, at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge, at the age of 64. Beloved daughter of the late Harriet and Bill WEAVER. Much loved sister of Brink (Margaret) and Stewart (Carol) of Toronto and Muskoka and Vicky WEAVER (and the late Richard BIRD) of Lake of Bays. Miss WEAVER, formerly of CosCob, Connecticut, enjoyed a happy year with David and Jackie GOODFELLOW of Gravenhurst where she received special care. Fondly remembered by her five nieces and nephews and in particular Harriet. Friends will be received at the Reynolds Funeral Home ''Turner Chapel'' 1 Mary Street, Bracebridge (877) 806-2257 on Friday, October 3rd, 2003 from 1: 00 p.m. until time of service in the Chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, on Monday, October 6th, 2003 at 11: 00 a.m. Memorial gifts to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, 75 Ann Street, Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 2E4 would be appreciated by the family.

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