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Dr. David Gass ‑ In Memoriam
It is with heavy hearts that the Department of Family Medicine must announce the loss of a dedicated faculty member, colleague, and friend, Dr. David Gass. Dr. Gass passed away on Friday, March 19, due to injuries sustained from a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident.
Dr. Gass’ years of devotion to family medicine have left a lasting impact. Dr. Gass graduated with an MD from Dalhousie University, where he later joined the Faculty of Medicine as a clinical teacher. Dr. Gass also served as the Head of the Department of Family Medicine from 1987-1995, stepping in again as Interim Department Head in 2017 and 2019 and retiring from the role in 2020.
“David not only practised excellent family medicine, but he championed the need for a strong, research-based discipline and primary healthcare system. He also believed in the role of interdisciplinary healthcare teams in primary care and worked continuously to see them realized for the benefit of Nova Scotians,” says long-time colleague Dr. Fred Burge. Dr. Gass’ work touched and inspired those around him; he was a wise colleague and mentor. “I admired his interest in young people; he always took time to inquire about their situation, concerns, and what the future had in store—often offering words of encouragement,” remembers Dr. Joanna Zed.
Though the local and national family medicine community has lost an extraordinary leader, Dr Gass’ legacy will live on through the work and lives of those who knew him and his lasting contributions to the discipline.
Dr. Gass is survived by his partner, Cathy Cervin; siblings Charlie Gass and Anne Wadleigh; children Susan Gass, Ian Gass, Heather Gass, Zander Brosky, Tom Brosky; grandchildren Jason Atsiaq Gass-Lachance, Keira-Jill Gass-Lachance, Jessica Brown and Gemma Brown; and in-laws Lisa Lachance, Joan Cervin, Craig Brown and Stephanie Brosky.
Please visit Dr. Gass’ memorial fund page to honour his legacy. All donations received in Dr. Gass’ memory will support an initiative of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM)—selected in consultation with his family.
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