Dr Lawrence was born in Toronto and received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1965. He met his wife, Lynn, who was a gynecological nurse at Royal Victoria Hospital, while he was interning there, and they married in 1967. January 2017 would have been their golden anniversary.
Dr Lawrence started a pathology residency at Vancouver General Hospital but changed his mind after 1 year and moved to Montreal General Hospital to study radiology. He obtained his FRCP in 1970 and followed it with a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Dr Lawrence then accepted a job as a neuroradiologist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary and he practised there until 1979, following which he was recruited to practise radiology in Victoria, where he stayed until 2014. He was the chief of medical imaging from 1990–2004.
Dr Lawrence was well respected by the medical staff, fellow radiologists, technologists, clerical/support staff, and the administration. During his tenure he was instrumental in completing the amalgamation of the two radiological groups (RJH and VGH) into one harmonious group.
Because Dr Lawrence was prematurely grey he was affectionately called the Grey Fox, and his good looks even got him cast as a radiologist in the movie Intersection with Richard Gere and Sharon Stone.
Dr Lawrence is survived by his wife, Lynn; son, Douglas (Gloria); daughter, Kerrilee (Gary); and 10 grandchildren and step grandchildren. Dr Lawrence was an only child, and this large crew of grandchildren overwhelmed him but also fulfilled him. He was also very proud of his daughter Kerrilee’s police career, and the pride was evident when she arranged a ride-a-long for D’Arcy with her sergeant. With joy and happiness, Dr Lawrence was able to proudly dance with Danielle, his granddaughter, at her wedding this summer. It was a very special moment.
—Richard Mark, MD
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