Gordon Chisholm passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018. He grew up in Nova Scotia and was very proud of his background. At his request a piper from the Seaforths played at his celebration of life. His first career was with the Canadian military. He retired as a Lieutenant-Colonal and went into private practice in Vancouver. Gordon quickly grew a reputation for his outstanding gold restorations. He shared his expertise with UBC students, teaching prosthetics for many years; his students spoke highly of him. After retiring from practice he continued at UBC, tutoring in ethics.
He became involved in the BC College in the 1970s and 80s as an “inquiry officer” when the issues were crown margins, contacts, denture fit and aesthetics, fee disputes and mediating between what was said, when nothing was in a chart.
After his term on the committee, Gordon became an advisor to subsequent inquiry committee members.
Fellow Larry Cheevers said it best “He was one of dentistry’s gentlemen and his advice was always logical and pertinent, to the point, he empathized with the daily difficulties faced by the practitioners and perfectly understood the misunderstandings between the patient and the doctor. He was an old timer with a sense of pride in the profession, and its efforts to eradicate oral health diseases. He represented the best of the old profession, ramrod army straight and honest as the day is long. The profession will miss people like him.”
Gordon was recognized with Fellowship in the International College and the American College of Dentists and the College of Dental Surgeon of BC recognized him with a Merit Award.
Family was important to Gordon and he was always their for them, he will be missed by his wife Pixie and children Heather, Michael, Anthea & Edwina. Heather graduated from UBC Dentistry and practices in Nanaimo. Like her father she taught at UBC.
Contributed by Regent Ed O’Brien.