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George Sydney Lowen Wilson, MB, BCh, BAO, MRCS, LRCP (August 29, 1931 – February 21, 2010)

(Obituary by R. Brian Lowry)

Lowen was born in Portadown and attended Coleraine Academical Institute prior to university. 

He graduated from Queen’s in 1959 subsequently being a House Officer at Ards Hospital, Newtownards as well as further time at the Quoyle Hospital in Downpatrick.  He entered family practice in Lisburn and later moved to Belfast but emigrated to Canada in 1966.  He worked in rural Alberta in a small town called Drumheller for 24 years and subsequently opened his own practice in Calgary in 1990.  He was extremely well liked by his patients and his colleagues.  He enjoyed medical practice and his involvement with patients continued up to a few months before his death of prostate cancer.  He had survived other separate cancers including a removal of one kidney as well as a unilateral accoustic neuroma.  The latter left him with deafness and partial facial paralysis on one side but it did not slow him up in any way.        

As well as his medical practice he was extremely active in the Drumheller community and indeed in Alberta.  He was a school trustee in Drumheller and later a member of the Senate of the University of Calgary as well as being a trustee of Knox United Church in Drumheller and later in Red Deer Lake United Church.  He was deeply involved in the Banff Men’s Conference of the United Church and was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge in Drumheller. 

Lowen treasured his loving relationship with his wife, Bertha, whom he married in 1960 as well as the pride and accomplishments of his son and daughter and his grandchildren.  He took great pride in his Ulster roots and especially his years at Queen’s and his early upbringing was exemplified by his integrity, dedication to his patients and a good dose of Ulster common sense and wit.



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