News at Medicine - October 2008 - Medical pioneer honoured

Medical pioneer honoured
October 1, 2008
In a rare but prestigious honour, Newfoundland medical pioneer 101 year-old Dr. Nigel Rusted was presented with the Freedom of the City Award during a ceremony at city hall Sept. 30.

Dr. Rusted started his career as a medical student aboard the S.S. Kyle in 1930 and 1931. After finishing school at Dalhousie, he worked as a general practitioner for 80 communities along the southwest coast before opening a private practice in St. John's. He also worked as a general surgeon at the General Hospital and has given generously of his time and knowledge to Memorial's medical school. He is a retired clinical professor of surgery and an honorary graduate of Memorial.

Mayor Dennis O'Keefe said the city is pleased to honour the legacy of a long career and a man who loves his profession.

The Freedom of the City is an award in which an ornamental key is presented to esteemed visitors, residents, or others the city wishes to honor. From the days of medieval walled cities whose gates were guarded during the day and locked at night, the key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will, as a trusted friend of city residents.

Mayor Dennis O’Keefe presented Dr. Nigel Rusted with the Freedom of the City of St. John’s at a ceremony Sept. 30.