|Honorary Degree - G.J. Wherrett, Nov, 1969 (Photograph Collection, A-3538)|
Convocation date: November 1, 1969
Discipline / contribution: public health
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you George Jasper Wherrett, M.D.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Dr. Wherrett was born at Shoal Lake, Manitoba, and attended primary and high school there, and matriculated from Wesley College, Winnipeg. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1924. From 1928 to 1930 he did post-graduate studies in London, England, obtaining his membership in the Royal College of Physicians, London, at the end of that time.
In 1946 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Canada in Internal Medicine (sub-specialty Tuberculosis).
Prior to his London training, he early demonstrated his interest in tuberculosis, by accepting a position as Staff Physician, Fort Qu’Appelle Sanatorium, Fort San, working in this capacity from 1924-1925. In 1925 he accepted the positions of Tuberculosis Officer, Department of Health, New Brunswick in charge of Provincial TB clinics, and as Staff Physician at the TB Hospital in St. John.
Following his London training, he carried forward his basic clinical interest, and acted as Assistant Superintendent, once again at the Fort Qu’Appelle Sanatorium, from 1930 - 1933.
In 1933, he became Executive Secretary of the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, which post he continued till 1962. With the same Organization, he became Director of Research and Special Projects until 1964.
Since 1964, he has been Tuberculosis Consultant, medical Services, Department of Health and Welfare, Ottawa.
He has held numerous consultant posts -- in the World Health Organization, Canadian Medical Team for the Colombo Plan, to the Canadian Pension Commission, and to the Royal Commission on Health Services.
He has served in many Public Health Associations, the American Thoracic Society, and as President of the International Union against Tuberculosis, and has participated, by invitation, in Conferences on Tuberculosis around the world. He has many publications dating from 1935 to 1968.
Dr. Wherrett married Margaret Belts Crocker in 1927. Two sons, John & Brian, are graduates in Medicine from Queen's University at Kingston.
Tuberculosis workers in this province have always had a special spot in their minds for Dr. Wherrett, not only for his work with the Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League, but because we felt that he had a special place in his heart for this province.
He has many friends around the world, and they recognize his interest and ability in his chosen field. For all these reasons, Eminent Chancellor, I present to you George J. Wherrett, M.D., and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.A. Allen
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