Dr Craig Rogers Arnold, 1925–2015

portrait of the late Dr. Arnold
After a full, happy, and accomplished life, Dr Craig Rogers Arnold died on 26 October 2015 of chronic heart failure. The medical profession has lost a great colleague, and his family has lost a great member. Dr Arnold is survived by Lois, his beloved wife/companion/best pal of 61 years; four children, Susan, Barbara, Robert, and Nancy; and nine grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Florence Kenyon of Vancouver.

Dr Arnold was born in Saskatoon, where he lived until he moved to attend medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London. Upon graduation he moved to Vancouver to intern and subsequently specialize in internal medicine. Having met his wife-to-be in Vancouver, he stayed and established a busy practice in internal medicine. Dr Arnold practised there for many years and was on attending staff at the Vancouver General, Shaughnessy, and Richmond Hospitals. He was also an associate professor of medicine with the University of British Columbia. 

Dr Arnold was engaged in various administrative aspects of medicine as well, which he thoroughly enjoyed. Over the years he sat on many professional committees locally, provincially, and nationally. He served as the medical advisor to the Medical Services Association and was an elected member of the council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. He became president of the College in 1976, then joined the staff of the College as deputy registrar and became registrar in 1984, a post he held for 5 years until his retirement in 1989. 

Early in his medical career Dr Arnold became a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Later in his career he became an honorary member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and was a senior member of the CMA. Throughout his professional life he enjoyed many collegial and professionally rewarding relationships and friendships, which he cherished. 

In his spare time Dr Arnold enjoyed gardening, fishing, and golf. Perhaps his favorite activity was taming the forest at his summer retreat at Dorcas Point on Vancouver Island. He was surrounded by a family that supported and cared for him very much. It was a life well lived. He will be missed. 
—Rob Arnold, MD
Campbell River
—J.R. Harrigan, MD

Rob Arnold, MD,, J.R. Harrigan, MD,. Dr Craig Rogers Arnold, 1925–2015. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 3, April, 2016, Page(s) 156 - Obituaries.

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