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Queen’s remembers Dr. Brian Wherrett

 Professor emeritus and former head of paediatrics died Saturday, Jan. 4 at the age of 86.

The Queen’s community is remembering Dr. Brian Wherrett, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Health Sciences, who died Saturday, Jan. 4. He was 86.

Dr. Wherrett first arrived at Queen’s to study medicine and was a member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels football team, playing for two Intercollegiate Championship squads. He graduated in 1958 and completed a paediatric residency at Montreal Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at Boston University. Returning to Montreal in 1963, he became the director of the first Canadian children’s Home Care Program at the Montreal Children’s’ Hospital in 1964. 

In 1969 he returned to Queen’s joining the Department of Pediatrics. Developmental pediatrics was the focus of his career. He served as Head of Pediatrics from 1989 to 1997 and on retirement was granted the title Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Wherrett was known as a gentle and kind doctor, whose great skill as a pediatric specialist was matched by his thoughtful consideration for his young patients and their parents.

A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Wherrett’s life will take place at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Flags on campus will be lowered on that day.

An obituary is available online.