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Memorable Manitobans: Fischel J. Coodin (c1926-1992)

Physician.

Born at Winnipeg around 1926, son of Dr. Pesach Coodin (?-1974) and Lenora “Libby” Coodin (?-1977), he was educated at Queen’s University then in the 1950s completed an internship and residency in pediatrics in New Jersey. Returning to Winnipeg, he practiced pediatrics for many years, served on the teaching staff of the University of Manitoba, and conducted research on causes of death in infants and children, and the effects of lead poisoning. He was instrumental in the the establishment of pediatric care for northern communities in Manitoba. He served as Medical Director for the Manitoba Development Centre from 1984 to 1987, after which he called for an external review on the practice of administering medications to patients to keep them docile. He died at Winnipeg on 21 January 1992 and was buried in the Hebrew Sick Benefit Cemetery. He was survived by a widow and four children.

Sources:

Obituary [Libby Coodin], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 February 1977, page 40.

“MD slams drug policy for retarded,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1987, page 1.

“Winnipeg doctor was devoted to plight of aboriginal children,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1992, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 January 1992, page 28.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 December 2019

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