News at Medicine - October 2013 - Loss of a great medical pioneer


Loss of a great medical pioneer
October 18, 2013
The Honourable Dr. Arthur Maxwell (Max) House, former Newfoundland and Labrador lieutenant governor and telemedicine leader has passed away at the age of 87.
Dr. House is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary, as well as children Rosemary (John Housser), Christopher and Peter (Colleen) and grandchildren Sally and Emma Housser and A.J., Laura and Evan House.
 
Born in Glovertown in 1926, Dr. House attended Memorial University College (1943-1947) and then Dalhousie University Medical School where he graduated with an M.D., C.M. (1947-1952). After practicing for a few years, Dr. House completed his training in 1959 at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. For many years, Dr. House was the only neurologist in the province.
Dr. House later completed additional post-graduate work in Neurology at the National Hospital in London, England (1965) and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (1972).
Dr. House practiced Neurology in St. John’s for four decades (1960-1997). Throughout his career, Dr. House held a number of appointments at the General Hospital, St. John’s, including: Chief, Division of Neurology (1966-1981); Director, Electroencephalography Laboratory (1961-1985); Director, Department of Diagnostic Neurophysiology (1986-1992); Chief of Staff (1966-1974); and Member of Board of Governors of The General Hospital Corporation (1968-1974).

Dr. House was a foundational leader in the establishment of Memorial’s medical school.  He spent 30 years as a neurology professor at Memorial and held a number of administrative appointments. In 1975, Dr. House started the Telemedicine program at Memorial and became a leader in the development of telemedicine internationally. He retired as a full-time faculty member in 1993 but remained with the university until 1997 as a consultant and advisor while continuing his work in telemedicine. 

Dr. House served on many provincial and national organizations and committees and was involved in research projects throughout his career.  
In February 1997, Dr. House was appointed as Newfoundland and Labrador’s 10th Lieutenant Governor and served in this role until 2002. After retiring from this position, Dr. House returned to Memorial as Honorary Research Professor.
During his career, Dr. House received numerous awards and recognitions. He was president of Canadian Neurological Society from 1970-1971, named to the Order of Canada in 1989, received the Atlantic Canada Innovator of the Year Award in 1990, the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of Service in 1997, named an Officer of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005, and appointed Honorary Member of the Canadian Medical Association in 2007.

Cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends may visit the family at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Gower Street United Church on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.