Dr Alexander Donald (Scotty) MacAskill grew up in the small northern Saskatchewan town of Glaslyn. He completed his undergraduate studies in Regina and continued on to medical school at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1955. He completed his junior internship at Vancouver General Hospital and then his residency in ophthalmology. Dr MacAskill spent his final year of training at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr MacAskill started his practice in ophthalmology at the Trail clinic and moved to the Okanagan a number of years later, followed by moves to Chilliwack, Vancouver Island, and eventually Langley, where he practised for over 20 years.
Scotty was a multitalented person. He played the piano as a youngster. He was an avid outdoorsman and a great powder skier and even dabbled in writing novels and competitive ballroom dancing. Dr MacAskill was also highly regarded by his patients, mainly because of his meticulous work—never rushing an appointment.
Dr MacAskill is survived by friend and ex-wife, Shirley; sons, Don, Douglas, Daniel, and Garret; and granddaughter, Katie. He will be deeply missed by his friends and relatives as well as by the hundreds of patients whom he helped. I kept in close contact with Scotty since the first year of medical school, almost 65 years ago, and will miss him dearly.
—Pat Y. Miki, MD
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