Thomas Lachlan Calder, BSc’49

Thomas Lachlan CalderNovember 29, 1927 – September 15, 2017.

Tom was from Westminster, and graduated from Duke of Connaught High School, where his father, Thomas Hanning Calder, was principal. He studied at UBC (BSc’49) and McGill (MDCM’53), where he met and wed fellow med student Norma (“Tommy”) England – the love of his life for 45 years of marriage. Tom practiced medicine for 47 years, raised six children, and maintained a passion for music.

Dr. Tom’s busy practice was old-style, full-service medicine, with house calls, deliveries, surgery, hospital rounds and care of all ages – including a tender focus on the elderly. He was a Kinsmen back when polio was the battle, and a mental health advocate for schizophrenia and mental health services.

He co-founded the West Van Adult Band, played his euphonium (and other instruments on demand) with several groups, and never walked anywhere without humming or whistling like a one-man marching band. As he rests in peace, his headstone reads, “With music in your heart”.

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