Norman, Margaret MD, FRCPC – (October 19, 1933 – May 17, 2015)
Sun, 17 May 2015

NORMAN, Margaret Grace - M.D.
October 19, 1933 – May 17, 2015

Born to United Church missionaries Howard Norman and Gwen Roberts in Tokyo, Japan, grew up in Japan and Vancouver. Died at Kensington Hospice, Toronto, of esophageal cancer. Dearly loved sister of Nancy Whitla (Bill) and Daniel Norman (late Marilyn, in Kingston). Generous and much loved aunt of Steve Norman (Calgary), Kathleen Norman (Kingston), Richard Norman (Toronto), and in Toronto, Becca Whitla (Alan Gasser) and Michael Whitla (Lisa Haberman). Also loving great-aunt of her "munchkins," Emma, Jake, Riel, Kyle, and David. M.D., U of Toronto, 1958, near the top of her class. After interning and residency, she was government doctor in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) (1960–61). She trained as a pathologist, specializing in pediatric pathology, in Toronto, New York and Boston. Pathologist at Sick Kids, Toronto (1970–74), Pathologist and Director of Laboratory at CHEO, Ottawa (1974–79), Neuropathologist at B.C. Children's Hospital, Vancouver and Director of newborn screening for BC (1980–86), also Professor of Pathology at UBC. Co-author of many journal articles, and author of review articles and presentations. Lead author-editor of a much-praised book "Congenital Malformations of the Brain" (1995). In 2008, she was one of two recipients of an Award for Meritorious Contributions to Neuropathology from the American Association of Neuropathologists. Throughout her career she thought carefully about medical ethics and chaired hospital ethics committees. In 1993–95, she led the development of a course on "Bioethics for the Laboratory Physician" for the Canadian Association of Pathologists. Margaret retired to Toronto in 1998. She cherished many friendships old and new, sang in Echo Women's Choir, and volunteered at Sistering. She was generous to her chosen charities. Through many years, Marg enjoyed having the company of one or two cats. Visitation at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto on Thursday, May 21 from 6-8 p.m. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, (10 Trinity Square, Toronto, M5G 1B1 - parking in Bell Building off Bay Street). In lieu of flowers, donations to Kensington Hospice, 38 Major Street, Toronto or to the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences at

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from May 20 to May 21, 2015

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