The death of Dr Bill Ibbott on 26 May 2016 marks the end of a remarkable medico-political career. It is worth remembering that the weekend demanded a great deal of Dr Ibbott’s otherwise private life with so many official board meetings held both provincially and nationally.
I served on many executive provincial and national boards with Dr Ibbott, and knew him well while he was president of the then-BCMA from 1975–76 and from 1976–77 (and 1982–83). It was true that we were often in opposition to each other but this had some valuable political advantages. When we met with provincial health ministers we were able to use our most effective arguments and I do not remember Dr Ibbott ever using our political disagreements at such meetings. Dr Ibbott had a total devotion to high-quality health care for all Canadians. It will be for this that he will be remembered by so many of us, and we owe him gratitude for his lifetime commitment.
—William Jory, MD
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