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Convocation date: May 10, 1957
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor - I present to you an outstanding Canadian in the medical world of today. In the arts of teaching and clinical practice, and in scientific medicine, the gifted leadership of Ray Fletcher Farquharson has brought renown not only to his own university but in a unique way to Canada as a whole. A son of the manse and inheritor of a blessed zeal for scholarship and service, he quickly won eminence in medical studies in Toronto and later in Boston. To the astute clinical atmosphere of the Toronto General Hospital Dr. Farquharson brought back from Harvard new skills in the laboratory study of disease. His substantial research in metabolism and endocrinology followed by years of orderly clinical investigation made him an authoritative consultant and lecturer in these fields. His soundness as a scientific practitioner, joined with warm sensitivity to the problems of both patient and doctor, led to that enviable but arduous status - Canadaâ€™s chief consultant to doctors and their families when they themselves are illsDegree received: Doctor of Laws
After advancing through the ranks to the professorship of therapeutics at the University of Toronto, Dr. Farquharson ten years ago became head of their Department of Medicine. As right arm to his chief, Dr. Duncan Graham, he helped build foremost center for the training of physicians and teachers in the field of internal medicine. Together they have groomed the professors now heading departments of medicine in four Canadian universities - Dalhousie, Western Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
The war brought Dr Farquharson new contacts with medicine across Canada. As senior medical consultant to the R.C.A.F. he travelled from coast to coast, tackling problems of medical officers in remote stations, advising them on further professional study post-war, yet never too busy to go with the local doctor to see a worrying case in home or hospitals. As head of the Canadian penicillin committee he was responsible for the careful study and wise distribution of that precious agent in l943-44. It is doubtful if any Canadian has as many devoted friends among professional colleagues.
His statesmanship is demonstrated in the minute books of national medical bodies, particularly the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In the post-war medical science world Canada has taken no more propitious step than his recent appointment as vice-president (scientific) of the National Research Council with responsibility for medical research.
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Senate, I ask that you confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa on Ray Fletcher Farquharson.
Degree presented by: J.W. Macleod, Dean of Medicine
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