A tribute to Dr. Gerald L. Higgins
September 16, 1929 - January 6, 2017
April 7, 2017
In this issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest, we pay tribute to a past editor of our publication, Dr. Gerald Higgins, who passed away on January 6. Dr. Higgins was a physician and academic who enjoyed immensely his collections: art, porcelain, books and music. He also found pleasure in making things such as pottery and, once, a kayak. But he especially liked to read widely, for pleasure and to understand himself, his profession and above all, his Christian faith, the foundation of his life.
Born in Wales in 1929, Dr. Higgins attended medical school in Bristol, England where he met and married his wife, Jean. He is survived by Jean and also his children (Robert, David and Rachel), their spouses (Beverly and Mark), eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His son, Paul, predeceased him.
Recognized as one of Alberta's Top 100 Physicians of the Century, he was known for his pioneering role in family medicine at the University of Alberta and for his editorials written during his 25 years as editor of Alberta Doctors' Digest. He loved his family and had a true interest in everyone he met. His droll humor and gentle ways remained to the end.
Dr. Higgins’ family wishes to thank the staff at Grandview Care Centre.