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"AKH" 2005 Obituary


AKHTAR o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-07 published
BALTZAN, Dr. Marcel Alter, O.C., S.O.M., B.Sc., M.D.C.M., F.R.C.P.C., M.A.C.P., D.Sc.
October 31, 1929-January 1, 2005 Died peacefully in his sleep after a valiant battle with heart disease. He is survived by his loving wife, Nahid AHMAD, his children, Marc Jr. (Lisa,) Frances, Elizabeth, Zeba Ahmad (Jawed AKHTAR,) his grandchildren, Faraaz, Sakeena, Alexandre, Isabel and Margo, his brother, Richard (Nancy,) his cousin, Ronald (Arda,) his sister-in-law, Joan BALTZAN and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, David and Rose BALTZAN and brother Donald. Marc attended Victoria School & Nutana Collegiate. He then obtained his medical education at McGill University, graduating in 1953. He further trained at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. He returned to Saskatoon in 1959 to set up a private practice with his father and later his brothers, Donald and Richard. Dr. Marc will always be remembered for setting up the first kidney dialysis unit at St. Paul's Hospital through a generous donation from the BALTZAN family and pioneering kidney transplantation in Canada at Royal University Hospital. Even with a busy clinical practice Dr. Marc was able to assume leadership roles as president of the Canadian Medical Association, Saskatchewan Medical Association, Saskatoon and District Medical Association and Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Until his death he remained passionately devoted to his patients and profession. He was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1995. Other honors include, Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1999), Master of the American College of Physicians (1999), Innovative Canadian Physician in the last 35 years, Medical Post (2000). In the spring of 2004 he received an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan. Marc took great pride in his many family business ventures including ownership of a great Saskatoon landmark, the Bessborough Hotel (1973-1989). Marc was involved in the community and was a leading figure in the creation of the Downtown Partnership. Marc's poignant and entertaining comments in numerous publications, radio and television will be missed. He actively participated in debate with political leaders on economic and healthcare issues. Dr. Marc BALTZAN will be remembered as an outstanding clinican-scientist, medical economist, educator and family man. The family would like to thank all those who have shown such love and concern over the past months, especially the physicians and nursing staff at Royal University Hospital, Critical Care Unit and Ward 6000. A Memorial Reception was held January 5th, 2005, 7pm at the Bessborough Hotel for all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Hospital Foundation (1702 - 20th St. W. Saskatoon Saskatchewan. S7M 0Z9) and Royal University Hospital Foundation (103 Hospital Dr. Saskatoon Sk. S7N 0W8). Email condolences may be sent to Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. 244-5577

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