Five Celebrated Early Surgeons Of Southern Alberta

Alberta's Medical History

Deans, Dreams And A President

Life And Times Of James W. Davidson

Hearts, Minds And Vision

Sylvan Lake: A Postcard Perspective

Medicine Makes A Wonderful Life

Pathways To Education

Annotated Curriculum Vitae:
Robert Lampard, BSc, MD, M.Sc, MBA

(For complete details, download the Full CV.)
UofA/UWO (1964-1968): He graduated in medicine from the UofA in 1964.  During his intern year at the
UAH hospital, the primary hospital of the Faculty of Medicine, he was on the emergency rotation when
one of his teachers came in with chest pain and a presumed heart attack.  When he went into arrest,
Dr. Lampard initiated the first successful external cardiac resuscitation of any patient at the UAH.  Within
a few weeks the hospital had formed its first resuscitation team. 

During his M.Sc. year he constructed and operated a mobile intensive care unit (shock wagon) that
provided extensive monitoring for seriously ill patients, at their bedside.  He also did the first subclavian
vein-CVP insertion at the UAH (1966). The unit was the forerunner of a series of ICUs that were
established at the UAH.

His research thesis confirmed that patients undergoing cardiac open heart surgery could withstand near
toxic levels of serum potassium during the bypass period, without developing serious arrhythmic
difficulties.  The levels reverted to near normal once the patient was removed from the bypass pump.

During the summer between his two MBA years at UWO, he was one of three staff members that drafted
the floor plans for the university hospital in London, Ontario.

The Foothills Hospital (1968-1981): As a second Medical Director of the Foothills Hospital, he was
responsible for managing all the medical staff affairs, as it opened the last 400 of its 766 beds by 1969.
The medical staff increased from 75 to over 250 by 1980.  House staff programs were started in 1968.
He managed the intern and residency programs which increased from 0 to over 200 members by 1980.

He ran over 15 medical staff committees, several departments and reported to the board on all medical
activities and recommended changes within the hospital.  He developed a quality assurance and medical
risk management program.  He represented the hospital on all cases involving alleged malpractice or
negligence.  He organized the medical response to the two nursing strikes when the four city hospitals
were reduced to one (Foothills) for a period up to two weeks.

He sat on several provincial committees including standardized medical staff bylaws, and house staff
salary negotiations.

Michener Centre (1983-2010): After a brief period in practice and studying ophthalmology, he accepted
a position as the Medical Director at the 1,385 resident Michener Centre in Red Deer.  It had only four
Medical Directors in 87 years.  Besides providing direct care to a selected number of residents, he
managed and maintained a team of four medical staff and a dentist.  When they occurred, he managed
all infectious disease outbreaks and their containment programs.  He published several research
papers and gave international presentations on selected congenital diseases.  He developed a quality assurance program that covered all the major diagnoses and surgical operations.  That concept of a
QA program was extended to the whole province.  He developed a multidisciplinary healthcare team to monitor, validate and minimize the use of psychotropic medications.  The program received a Premier’s Award of Excellence.  It reduced the use of psychotropic medications by over 75% on a per-patient basis. 

He retired from Michener in 2010.

Professional Life

1) The UofA Student’s Promotions Committee.  Member (1961-64), Treasurer (1961-63), Chairman
(1963-64). 
    The Committee promoted and advertised all campus sporting and cultural events and activities. 
This included running the Red Cross blood drive (second highest participation rate in Canada).  He
organized the first western Canadian intervarsity student exchanges to Vancouver (a football game) and
Calgary (a basketball game).  He telephoned Queens University football Coach Frank Tindall in 1963, at
his own expense and secured his agreement to participate in a post-season east-west football game
against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.  The game came to pass and UofA won it 26-6,
confirming that intervarsity football parity now existed in Canada.  Over 8,000 students attended at the
game, a campus record that stood for decades.  The next year, physical education Dean Maury van
Vleit secured university athletic union approval and a year later began what is now the Vanier Cup.

 

2) MBA Students Society.  Vice-President (1967-68). 
     He developed a plan whereby the class would remain in contact after graduation.  He is currently
editing and publishing a book on the classmates in his class.

 

3) VON Calgary Branch.  Treasurer (1969-71), President (1971-74). 
     As President he was able to maintain the autonomy and independence of the Calgary VON
branch, when Hospital district #7 attempted to take it over.  He hired the first homecare program Medical
Director, Dr. Brock Dundas, as the program began to expand substantially.

 

4) The Calgary Drug Information Centre.  Member and Chairman (1970-73).
     He managed the Calgary Drug Information Centre board.  It served as a new withdrawal centre for
those in the community who wanted to discontinue street drugs, and an information centre for those
who didn’t wish to.

 

5) Pastoral Care Association of Alberta.  Director (1971-74). 
     He worked to establish more partially or fully funded pastoral care positions in Alberta hospitals,
following the tradition of his grandfather, Presbyterian Reverend R.S. Leslie.

 

6) Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation.  Field Surveyor, (1974-78). 
     He accredited over 100 hospitals in Canada ranging in size from 25 to 900 beds.  It was a unique
introduction to Canadian volunteerism at the board level.  He downgraded one large hospital that shortly
afterwards had the rare distinction of being placed under trusteeship.  He co-developed the national
accreditation standards for the new field of respiratory technology.

 

7) The AMA Archives.  Committee Member (1981-87).
     He introduced the concept of transforming the AMA archives committee into an entity that could
solicit funds to support medical historical activities in the province.  That idea evolved into the Alberta
Medical Foundation in 1987.  Dr. D.R. Wilson was successful in securing the $312,500 Hutton donation
to the AMA, to fund medical historical activities in 1987, and transformed the committee into the Alberta
Medical Foundation.

 

8) Special Olympics Red Deer Branch.  Board Member and Treasurer (1985-90). 
     As treasurer he assisted in fundraising, operating sports events, maintaining a balanced budget,
and running medical clinics for provincial Special Olympic events.

 

9) Red Deer Museums Management Board. Member (1987-88); and its successor the Normandeau Cultural and Natural History Board.  member (1988-92), Chairman (1989-90). 
     The museum’s management board managed the Red Deer and District Museum, Kerry Wood
Nature Centre and the Fort Normandeau Historic Site.  In 1989 the city agreed to create an autonomous
board.  He managed the transition from a city subcommittee to an autonomous board, and with the
board developed a long range plan, introducing fiscal and functional adjustments to maintain its
programs and balanced its budget.
     He made a presentation to the City council for a three month delay in the execution of the
proposed demolition of the CPR Bridge.  Successful in gaining the City’s approval to keep it, he sat on
the committee that guided the renovation and integration of the bridge into the trail system in Red Deer
(1991).

 

10) Red Deer Tourist and Convention Board.  Member (1989-90). 
     Chaired the Tourist action committee which recommended the development of a tourist site for Red
Deer on Highway #2, as it crossed the Red Deer River.  The subsequent move of the Alberta Sports Hall
of Fame to the site secured its future as an entertainment and recreational facility, distinct from a
commercial one.

 

11) The Alberta Medical Foundation.  Member (1989-present), Secretary Treasurer (1992-95), President (1995-2006).
     This committee was the successor to the AMA Archives committee.  In 1991 he was asked to write
(eventually 13) articles on medical pioneers for the Alberta Doctors’ Digest.  Stopped for budgeting
reasons.  He published five more articles (1994-2000) in the Alberta and Saskatchewan History
journals.
     In 1992 he gave a presentation, in verse, on Dr. John Rae, at the first Hutton Memorial Lecture
series, as part of the AMA’s AGM.  He facilitated the transfer of these lectures to the UofC medical
students that were taking History of Medicine (HOM) course, in 1994.  The series still continued, until
about 2017.
     In 1995 he initiated a matching grant with the AMS/Hannah Foundation of Toronto, which was
subsequently matched again by the University of Calgary, to fund a chair in medical history at the UofC
(1995).  The match was doubled by the three partners in 1997.  It is now worth $1.4 million and is only
one of two HOM funded chairs in Canada, outside Ontario. (The other one is in Montreal/McGill).
     Website: To improve the access to medical source documents and books in Alberta, he secured
UofC’s Dr. Fitz Pannekoek’s concurrence in 2001, to create a medical website as part of the UofC’s
“ourfutureourpast” website.  He provided the book list, and several books for the site and made grant
submissions to raise over $200,000 to scan over 50 books and journals onto the site (2003-07).  He
added his book to the scanned collection in 2019.
     From 2004-08 he wrote another 13 articles on pioneering physicians for the Alberta Historical
Society publication History Now.
     Alberta Centennial.  In preparation for Alberta’s centennial in 2005 he wrote articles on the four
CMA meetings that had been held in Alberta for the Alberta Doctors Digest.  It was followed by three
more articles in 2006, when he discovered that the roots of Canadian Medicare (health insurance)
were in Alberta.  He also submitted 47 nominations to the 100 Physicians of the Century selection committee.  Twenty-two were accepted.  A 23rd one was submitted by the emeritus U ofA Dean of Medicine Dr. Lorne Tyrrell on him.  It was also accepted.  He was interviewed for a TV documentary
on medicine in Alberta that was produced that year.
     Dr. Lampard retired as the AMF President in 2006, after 11 years.  He was the only physician to
continue in that position for longer than a three year term.  The AMF reverted to a committee of the AMA
in 2019.

 

12) Medical books
     In 2006 his first book on Alberta’s medical history entitled “The Five Celebrated Early Surgeons in
Southern Alberta” was published.  It highlighted five (4 were NWMP) surgeons that brought medical
care to the Northwest Territories (AB, SK), providing care to members of the force, as well as white
settlers and aboriginals, commencing in 1874.  He wrote, edited and published a 720 page magnum
opus entitled “Alberta’s Medical History – Young and Lusty and Full of Life” in 2008.  It was a
compilation of his articles on 35 medical pioneers, along with 22 pioneering events that had occurred in the province. (some written by other historians or physicians)
     His publications have continued with a book on the Deans of Medicine at the University of Alberta
released in 2011.  A history of the cardiovascular sciences at the UofC is scheduled for publication in
2012 in which he is one of its four authors.  It’s the first authoritative book on a subspecialty medical service at the UofC.  He has also undertaken to write a history of the UofC’s Faculty of Medicine, along with three colleagues - completed from 2011-2019.

 

13) The United Way, Red Deer and Central Alberta.   Board Member for Public/Health Sector (1990-
92) and Professional Services (1992-93). 
     He increased the contributions of both sectors by 25 and 15% respectively, following in the
footsteps of his father who was one of the originators of the United Way in Red Deer in 1956.

 

14) Rotary Club of Red Deer.   Member (1987-present):
     He joined the club, nominated by his father, who had been a member since 1965.
     RIYE Weekends: His first assignment was to chair the district (all of Alberta) Rotary youth
exchange weekend committee for 45 inward and 45 outward bound exchange students.  The students
spend a year with a Rotary club and family somewhere in the province or on an exchange back to the
inbound students country of origin.  The weekend is to introduce the students to each other.  It became
so successful that it was permanently held in Red Deer, even after Alberta was divided into two Rotary
districts in 1995.  He chaired the committee from 1991-2004.  The script he wrote for conducting the
weekend is still being followed.
     Club Historian: From 1994 to the present he’s been the club’s historian.  He inherited an empty file
and discovered that there had been no archives kept by the club after a major deposition had been
made to the Red Deer archives in 1980.  He secured source documentation covering that period and
developed a system for keeping it current.  In the process he discovered that the originator of the Red
Deer club in 1923 was a Calgary Rotarian who was rumored to have chartered clubs in Asia (see
other notes that follow).
     RCOF 1995-2000: He sat on the Rotary Career Opportunity Fund that began and managed the
most successful and longstanding project in the club’s history - giving high school scholarships.  It
began in 1951.  In 1996 the fund was capitalized through club and other donations.  It now has on
deposit over $700,000, and selects 20 students per year who receive a scholarship of $1,500 each.
The scholarships are family income sensitive.
     Director (1996-98): He sat as a Director on the club board.  One singular contribution he made was
make the motion to cancel a major project that had not been consummated, and reallocate the $40,000
to complete the funding and build the first skateboard park in Red Deer.
     Flash (2006-2013):  It is the Rotary club’s weekly newsletter. The Flash had not been published for
several months.  He took over the editorship of the publication and has written over 250 newsletters
since, ending when the newsletter was added to the club’s website.
     Legacy (Centennial) Project: He raised the idea of a 100th anniversary project for 2013.  While
some thought it premature (in 2016), the seed was planted.  The club sought proposals from the
community, and selected a proposal (almost by 100%) submitted by Bob Mills, to build an environmental
learning center on Slack’s Slough in SE RD.  He would donate land for it.

 

15) The UofC History of Medicine Program.  Preceptor, (1979, 1993-2000).  
     At the request of the program organizer, Dr. Peter Cruse, he became a preceptor for eventually 10
students in the UofC’s HOM program.  Students assigned to him presented an individual topic on
western Canadian medical history.  Presentations were published in the course proceedings.
Four were published in provincial and national journals.  Only five presentations have been
published by preceptors/students since the course began in 1972.  He wrote a biography of Dr.
Cruse to preface the 20th anniversary of the HOM Proceedings (2012), and revised it with Allen
for publication in the Canadian Journal of Infection Control (2015).
     History of Medicine at the U of A:  In 2006 he was appointed to the advisory committee for the UofA
HOM program in Edmonton, having worked with the Dean to help start that program.

 

16) The Red Deer Curling Club, Member (1956-58, 1983-2007), Director of the Club (1993-2000),
Treasurer (1993-96), President (1996-98):
     He joined the board at its most critical time since the club had opened its own rink in 1952.  It
began with the receipt of over $500,000 in net proceeds from the 1993 Labatt Briar in Red Deer.
Together with the club’s own cash, annual cash flow and briar proceeds, the board carefully spent
the $1.0 million to renovate the front end of the rink.  It had the potential to be expanded to 10 or
12 sheets in the future, which is currently happening.  His brother Toby led the club’s construction
team.
     Historically: He found and secured one of a kind historical curling club memorabilia (stones,
trophies, drawings) from the Welliver, McLevin and other families.  They were donated to the rink and
served to reflect its pre-1952 past.  He secured funding from his own family for a mural painted by Red
Deer muralist, Keith Holmes, of the first and last ends of the Black Bonspiel of Willy McCrimmon.  The
two murals (4’ by 55’ each), honor JAL (1st end, 1997), and SML (last end, c2005).  His mother lived
down the street from the Mitchell family in Weyburn.  Mitchell’s approval of the mural was secured
one month before he died.  The mural was moved from the upstairs lounge to the $8.5M replaced
barn in 2014.  He has also become the historian for the Medical Interprovincial Bonspiel, and is the
longest participant (since 1965). 
     Donated the Wintemute Trophy for contributions toward the Ontario Medical bonspiel-awarded
annually.

 

17) Central Alberta Historical Society.  
     He became a member of the HSA in 1968, and had already successfully nominated Kerry Wood for
its Historian of the Year Award in 1964.  A Charter Board Member (1995-present), he was one of the
small group of Red Deerians interested in starting a Central Alberta chapter.  In 1994/95 he was one
of small group of historically sensitive and longstanding Red Deerians who joined a steering
committee and sponsored the formation of the Red Deer chapter of the Historical Society of Alberta.
He was the first Vice-President of the CAHS (1996-2002) and third President (2002-05).  As
President, he broadened the board’s representation to include members from all four quadrants of
Central Alberta.  With a paucity of experienced board members, he re-assumed the presidency in
2018/19 and organized a 25th anniversary strategy workshop to develop a plan of action for the
next 5 years.  
     Historic Arches: As a pre-millennium idea, he sought and successfully acquired, with the
assistance with Morris Flewwelling, the Michener CPR Water Fountain, which had been given to the city
and had been located in the original CPR Park c1905.  He secured a site for it in a park close to the
CPR station, now called the Historic Arches Park.  He created the concept for the park, with David More,
and secured funding for it.  It is now an integral part of the historic Red Deer walking tour, and
complements the bronze ghost project that became too expensive.  It cost $230,000.  He raised
$180,000 of it.  Unveiled Oct 2014 by Morris Flewwelling and CAHS Pres Bill Mackay.  It was in Mesa.
It was completed as a Red Deer Centennial Project, the whole project took from 1997-2013 to
complete.

 

18) The AMS/Hannah Neilson and Spaulding Selection Committee.   Member (1996-2001).
     This committee nominated medical historians for the Neilson (national) and Spaulding (regional)
Medical Historian of the Year awards.  As the western representative he secured Neilson awards for
Drs. Carr (Winnipeg) and Macbeth (Edmonton) and Spaulding awards for Drs. Higgins, Clein,
Mayba, Letts and Hogan.  In 2004 the CAHS nominated him for the Spaulding award, which he
received.

 

19) Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2000-present).  
     After he saw that the Honorable T.C. Douglas had been inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of
Fame, for his role in starting Medicare, he nominated the Honorable Peter Lougheed together with Dr.
Jack Bradley, for induction into the CMHOF, for creating the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical
Research in 1980.  He also nominated Hon. Peter Lougheed for the CMA Medal of Honor (successful,
2002).  Subsequently he successfully nominated Drs. J.S. McEachern of Calgary (for creating the
Canadian Cancer Society, federating the CMA, and developing CMA acceptable principles for a health
insurance program), W.A. Cochrane (for starting the Faculty of Medicine at the UofC), Lorne Tyrrell (for
discovering in the first treatment for Hepatitis B carriers), and Walter Mackenzie (for 15 years as Dir of
Surg, 15 as Dean, and introducing the HSC concept).  The WCM HSC is named after him.  Dr. Howard
Gimbel (cataract surgeon) is currently being considered as another nominee.
     Joined the committee to organize the CMHOF induction dinner in Edmonton (2006) and was
successful in securing U of C agreement for a similar fundraising dinner in Calgary (2010), the two most
successful (raised $200,000 and $400,000) dinners in their history.  Dr. Cochrane was inducted at the
Calgary dinner.

 

19) James Wheeler Davidson in Rotary International (2000-present): 
     Discovering that the Rotarian who had started the Red Deer Rotary club had started clubs in Asia
led to the finding of the Davidson family in Tsawwassen, BC.  In conversation with his daughter in 2000,
he discovered she had been on the 1928-31 around the world chartering trip.
     Mt. Davidson: According to his family, a mountain had been named after him.  With diligent and
fortuitous researching, he discovered that the proposal to name a mountain after Jim Davidson in 1934
had not been approved but not placed on the map by the Geological Survey.  That discovery allowed a
first ascent by 24 Rotarians where they held a meeting on 9600’ summit in 2003.  The mountain is so
prominent it can be seen 130 kms away in Red Deer.  A centennial (Rotary and Alberta) re-ascent in
2005 became the last chapter in his first book on James and Lillian Davidson in Rotary International,
that he wrote and published in 2006.
     Davidson Archives: The family, at his request, agreed to donate their remaining Rotary/Davidson
material to the archives at the University of Calgary.  The donation was completed and received by the
UofC (VP Tom Hickeson) Feb 2013.  Interesting Dr. David produced another book using the donated
lantern slides the family donated on the seven years that Davidson spent in Taiwan covering the
takeover by the Japanese, and writing syndicated articles back to the USA.  While there Davidson
wrote the definitive history of Taiwan in 1903, shedding what light there was on whether it was
Chinese or not. 
     Currently: He is retracing Davidson steps to charter clubs in New Zealand, Australia, Bangkok,
Malaysia and from Athens to Shanghai, to write another book on the RI reports, documents and
photographs that still exist from the 1928 trip.
     Mural: He recommended to the Calgary Rotary club that their Rotary centennial (2005) project be a
mural depicting Jim Davidson “spanning the world” as the CPR motto phrased it, to hang in the foyer of
the Palliser Hotel in Calgary.  It has hung there on loan from the club, since 2005.

 

Other topics since:

1. Hearts, Minds, and Vision (book)

2. Sylvan Lake – A Postcard History (book)

3. Medicine Makes a Wonderful Life (book)

4. ADD Columnist – 1990s, 2004/5, 2014-present (50 articles and letters to 2019)

5. Frontiers of Patriotism – Albertans and the Great War (a chapter in a book)

6. Website robertlampard.ca

7. Annual R. Lampard Christmas letters from 1990 to present

 

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Your vocation is a means to the end.
The end is your avocation.
(J. Playfair McMurrich in a story told to Dr. Earle P. Scarlett
In Toronto while a second year med student.

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