Honourary Member of CAPD/ACDP
1922 - July 22, 2019
We learned last week that Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk, who was made an Honourary Member of the Academy in 2001, passed away last week. We have reprinted the tribute to Dr. Nikiforuk from Daniel Haas, the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto.
In the next issue of The Mirror, CAPD/ACDP will also pay tribute to Dr. Nikiforuk with memories from his colleagues.
CAPD/ACDP shares in the sadness of Dr. Nikiforuk's passing and on behalf of all members, extends sincere condolences to Dr. Nikiforuk's family.
Dr. Raymond Lee, President
Dr. Ross Anderson, Executive Director
In Memoriam: Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk
Dean Daniel Haas, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
Dear faculty, staff, and instructors,
It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that former dean and faculty member Dr. Gordon Nikiforuk passed away last week.
Dr. Nikiforuk graduated with a DDS from the University of Toronto in 1947. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana in 1954, with a specialization in paediatric dentistry. As the specialization was only recognized in the United States in 1947, Dr. Nikiforuk was one of the first to be conferred this specialization degree in North America.
Dr. Nikiforuk returned to the Faculty of Dentistry in January of 1970 as a Professor and Assistant Director of the Post-Graduate Division, Biological Sciences. In July 1970, Dr. Nikiforuk was named Dean of the Faculty, a post he held until 1977. He continued to teach at the Faculty until his retirement in 1989, but returned as an Associate of Dentistry until 1993. Over the years, Dr. Nikiforuk had an enormous impact on the school and generations of students, and even helped champion the creation of U of T’s paediatric dentistry specialization program, the first of its kind in Canada, which began in the early 1960s.
In 1990, Dr. Nikiforuk received the Faculty of Dentistry’s highest honour, the Award of Distinction. In 1997, Colgate-Palmolive Canada Inc. established an award in Dr. Nikiforuk’s honour, in recognition of the vital role he played in teaching preventive dentistry until his retirement in 1989.
Dr. Nikiforuk is survived by his wife Marge and his sons, Chris and Andrew.
September 16, 1939 - October 24, 2017
CAPD/ACDP regrets to inform you that Dr. Donald Cheung recently passed away suddenly in Montreal. A short time ago he celebrated 50 years as a dentist. He had been a long time member of our Academy and had practiced in Sherwood Park (near Edmonton) and also Vancouver. There will be no funeral.
CAPD/ACDP extends our very sincere condolences to Dr. Cheung’s family, as well as his many friends and associates.
On Behalf of the CAPD/ACDP Executive Committee
A tribute from Dr. Dennis Bedard:
I had known Donald since 1976 when he was a part time instructor in the Pedo department at the Faculty of Dentistry, U of A. He taught there for a number of years after graduating from Pedo in 1971, again from the U of A as at that time they had a graduate program in Pedo.
Dr. Cheung on his last trip to Nicaragua
Donald had immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong to attend McGill University to study dentistry. He graduated in 1967 at which time he moved to Alberta. He had a private practice in Sherwood Park, about 15 minutes east of Edmonton. He sold his practice in 2003 and moved to Vancouver where he practiced for another year.
Donald was instrumental in setting up care for the Special needs patients in Edmonton working at Rosecrest Home, a facility for special needs with complicating medical issues. He was also the staff dentist for a number of years at Eric Cormack Centre for special needs adults, again with compromised medical issues. He had a number of special needs patients in his practice.
Donald and I used to travel to AAPD conventions together. We had become very good friends. I asked him if he would be interested in working on one of our dental missions, he said yes. He was 61 at the time. He enjoyed himself and continued to travel with us for 5 years providing dental services to the less fortunate of the country.
Donald was a very fast operator. I remember him at school, preaching that a pediatric dentist’s gift was speed and communication. I did not realize just how fast he was until I saw him doing restorative work in difficult situations in Guatemala. His speed never compromised his results. He was gifted with this talent.
Donald liked to have fun. He had many stories to tell. He was generous with his time and donations. I was honored to have him as colleague and a friend. He will be missed.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Linda, daughters, Tracy (Kevin), Jennifer (David), stepsons, Scott (Stephanie) and Jarret along with 8 grandchildren.