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In memoriam: Barrie Pickles

In memoriam: Barrie Pickles

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[photo of Professor Barry Pickles]Barrie Pickles, former professor and director (Rehabiliation Medicine) died July 7 in Ottawa.

Barrie was born in Horbury, West Yorkshire, England on August 14, 1932. He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Nellie Pickles.

On August 16th, 1958 he married Margaret Elspeth Jameson. They had three children: Neil, Sc'86 (Carole Pickles), Clive, Comp'88 (Natalie Bossé) and Alison, MIR'94 (Paul DeLuisa, Sc'91).

In 1967 the growing family immigrated to Canada in pursuit of greater personal and professional opportunities. Barrie dedicated his professional life to rehabilitation medicine and was a key founder and leader of the academic development and credentialism of rehabilitation medicine in Canada. He was the first department chair of the schools of Physical and Occupational Therapy (later Rehabilitation Medicine) at the University of Alberta; he held this position from 1976 to 1979. He then became the third director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Queen's University. He was the first physical therapist to hold this position.

With his appointment, the school's position within the Faculty of Medicine became more clearly defined and members of the school's faculty became members of the school's faculty board, the ruling body of the Faculty of Medicine.

He spent the years before retirement at Queen's teaching and working on international academic partnerships related to community-based rehabilitation with universities around the world.

Barrie loved sailing and just being on his sailboat. His passion for sailing culminated with a transatlantic crossing in 1985 with his two sons. Although he was an academic at heart, his greatest joy came from his grandchildren: Jessica, Laura, Matthew, Derek, Christopher, Nathalie and Mykaela, and Isabelle (predeceased). He loved to hear of their adventures, travels and accomplishments and he had many laughs over some of their mischievous ways.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 3, 2017]