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"DIG" 2007 Obituary


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DIGGINS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-22 published
POYTON, Herbert Guy
(November 24, 1911-December 8, 2007)
Peacefully of natural causes in Toronto, on December 8, 2007, two weeks after his 96th birthday, with his loving wife of 69 years, Eunice, and family friend, Margaret by his side, Guy slipped away from his remarkable life with us. Pre-deceased by his parents Herbert and Ellen (DIGGINS) POYTON, and sister Margaret Poyton HILL. In his immediate family, Guy is survived by his wife Eunice (CORNER) POYTON in Toronto, sister Ellen POYTON, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Elsie POYTON, and brother-in-law, Alfred HILL in England. Mourning his loss also are nephews Stuart CORNER, Colin POYTON, nieces Alison WHISKER and Ann NUNN in England Clare LAMB in Wales; Janet HILL in U.S.A.; and Katie HILL in Australia, and their families. Guy will be sadly missed also by Friends and colleagues in Canada and worldwide. Although his ancestry is French Huguenot, Guy was born in Bethnall Green, England. In his early teens, suffering at risk from the effects of London smog, he enrolled as a boarder at Margate College on the English coast where he recovered readily, excelled in academic studies and earned distinction as a member of an invincible rugby team. He remained a member of The Old Margatonian Association. Throughout his life, until his early eighties, Guy participated actively in many sports, such as sailing, swimming, running and weightlifting, as a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, and as a Master Athlete in various events at Hart House, University of Toronto. After leaving Margate College, Guy trained in dentistry at Guy's Hospital, later joining his father's dental practice in Hackney. During the 1930's, Guy's father had founded The Abbey Street Sunday School for adults, so Guy and his siblings organized and participated in sections for infants and older children with a special emphasis on learning and singing hymns. Guy met and married Eunice, and opened a dental surgery at Chalkwell-on-Sea, near Southend, Essex. Keen to learn and to improve his practice, Guy continued academic studies to obtain the Edinburgh University Higher Dental Degree in 1972. During World War 2, as Major H.G. POYTON in the British Army, he served in England and Holland. Following the war, Guy obtained a position with the dental unit of the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard in London, and later, in 1948, at the leading dental hospital The Eastman Clinic in London, England. Initially also, he was involved in establishing an innovative program to train dental assistants, later called hygienists. Further studies resulted in his developing and expanding the use and techniques of radiology, specifically for complex conditions of the teeth and jaw. Doctor POYTON's pioneering achievements in, and specialized knowledge of dental radiology resulted in an invitation to lecture at University of London, and to teach at and develop the radiology program in The Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Doctor POYTON was the first Full professor of Oral Radiology in the Commonwealth and initiated the first M.Sc. course in Oral Radiology in the world. A popular speaker and admired teacher, and author of over 30 articles, Doctor POYTON lectured throughout Canada and U.S.A., and in United Kingdom Australia, New Zealand and Bulgaria.
Always willing to assist students and colleagues, Doctor POYTON consulted on maxillofacial radiology matters in various hospitals, to such journals as Scientific American and Journal of Science. He was an adviser to the Medical Research Council, National Health and Welfare (Canada), the Canadian Government Specifications Board, National Health Research and Development Programs, and the F.D.I. Commission on Dental Materials. He was an Honourary Life Member and Founder President of The Canadian Academy of Oral Radiology; Member, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edin.; Life Member, Canadian Dental Association Life Member and Founder Secretary, British Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology; and a Distinguished Life Member of the American Academy of Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology. In 1982, Dr. POYTON published the first full and definitive book on the subject, entitled Manual of Dental and Oral Radiology. Updated with his colleague, M.J. Pharoah in 1989, it remains a definitive text. Doctor POYTON retired from his position as Associate Dean, Administrative Affairs, Chairman and Professor of Oral Radiology in The Faculty of Dentistry in 1978, but as Emeritus Professor, maintained close ties with many colleagues and former students. Foremost was his interest in ensuring that The Faculty of Dentistry retain its international recognition for excellence. He encouraged fraternal participation in world conferences, in developing professional relationships with international colleagues and in sharing expertise because he considered dental care and radiology services as an essential part of total health care from infants to elderly. In 2004, a donation by Guy and Eunice established The Poyton Graduate Student Bursary in Oral Radiology at University of Toronto, enabling The Faculty of Dentistry to expand its program in diagnostic imagery and research. In December, 2000, Guy and Eunice moved to a residential care centre. They have been blessed by new Friends and attention from excellent medical staff and loving caregivers. Guy will be greatly missed. He was charming, gentle, gracious, and kindly, an excellent companion and friend, always interesting, and wise. A man of renown, Guy never failed to express his appreciation of others, his devotion to Eunice and his gratitude for his care. At his request, there was no service. As promised, Guy's life and achievements will be celebrated with dignity, sparing no sentiment, but with gratitude for his life and Friendship, and acknowledging the Poyton legacy, in Toronto, in Spring, at a venue to be announced. The Poyton Family wish to thank all who visited or assisted with Guy's care. We are very grateful to all medical personnel, all staff at The Annex Residence, devoted Friends Don, Ann and Robert Teskey, David and Joan Black, and especially, Margaret Cameron.

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