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MORRISH, Hugh Fraser

December 28, 1931 – January 21, 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Hugh Fraser Morrish on January 21, 2013 at the age of 81.

Hugh was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended University High School in Garneau, where he made many life long friends. He met Catherine Robertson, his wife of forty-four years, while both were attending the University of Alberta. Hugh completed medical school at the U of A and then moved to Baltimore, Maryland where Hugh trained and eventually worked as a radiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Sons William and Thomas were both born in Baltimore. Hugh often described his days in Baltimore as some of the best of his life, and still had many friends from that era. In 1966, the family moved to Calgary when Hugh accepted a position at the newly opening Foothills Hospital. Hugh practised Radiology in Calgary for thirty-five years. He was the Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the University of Calgary/Foothills Hospital. He co-founded what is now EFW Radiology (formerly known as Morrish, Evans and associates). He also spent many years working with the Canadian Medical Protective Association, eventually serving as president. With his towering stature and affable nature, he was hard to miss in both the hospital and the office. Hugh had a passion for skiing in the winter and skied for many decades in the Canadian Rockies, starting in the early days of both Norquay and Sunshine. In summer, his primary passion was golf. For many years, he was part of the first group out every weekend morning at the Canmore golf course, even if full winter gear was required. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his time in the Three Hills area and in Canmore. Hugh had a great love of dogs. The validity of the saying “man’s best friend” certainly does not come into question. Even in his later years, despite his physical difficulties, Hugh could be seen daily out walking his dog, weathering whatever elements might confront him. His incredible persistence and determination were an example and inspiration to many.

Hugh is survived and will be missed by his son Will (Nathalie) of Calgary, his grandchildren Thomas, Edward, and Rosalie and his sister Barb, as well as several nieces and nephews. Hugh was predeceased by his wife Catherine in 2000, by his son Thomas in 1985 and by his brother Stuart.

A memorial service and celebration of Hugh’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca or directly to the Lupus Society of Alberta, #200, 1301 – 8 Street, SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 Telephone: (403) 228 – 7956 or (403) 244 – 7591, www.lupus.ab.ca.

In living memory of Hugh Morrish, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Marion Rogers :

    Dear Will, Nathalie, Thomas, Edward and Rosalie,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather.
    Hugh was a dear and respected friend of our family for 37 years and we will miss him deeply. We shared so many happy memories together – both in Calgary and in Canmore.
    Hugh was a ‘giant gentle prince’ and one of the world’s finest. His lifetime contribution to medicine and our special friendship will never be forgotten.
    Please know that I share your loss.
    Rest in Peace my dear friend, Hugh.
    I send my love to you all,
    Marion

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  2. I, too, spent 35 years in the Diagnostic Imaging field but as an equipment representative (Picker X-Ray and Innomed Imaging). Hugh would attest to the fact that we were fortunate, during those years, to experience many advances and innovations in Diagnostic Imaging that made it a truly interesting vocation to be in.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

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  3. Carla McAuley-Gilmore :

    Will and family,

    I am so sorry I will not be able to attend the service next week for your father. We will be leaving for Australia that afternoon. Your father was a great mentor to me during my career and we shared many a laugh and lots of DI challenges. He always told me every time he went of vacation that if I got an offer for a good price “SELL” and make sure he got his portion when he returned!. I still use that line today with staff as I go on vacation! He really helped build imaging in Calgary and always set a very high bar for all who worked with him.

    Please accept Randy and my condolences to you and your family.

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  4. Helen Ekensteen :

    Dr. Will Morrish and family, Accept my condolences. To a young and naive x-ray technologist Dr. Morrish seemed very intimidating but I soon learned that was not so. He was a mentor to many.

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  5. Honourable William E. (Bill) Wilson :

    Good old friend from Garneau, Varsity High, and U of A. A gentle and very friendly boy and man, many memories, I wish I could have seen him more often in later years. His father and his son Sut were also good friends. My condolences to his family.

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  6. Dear Will and family,
    I met your father and grandfather while out walking on the pathway many years ago and enjoyed every meeting we had; his dogs, the big smile and our conversations. His wonderful soul shone through every time. I feel like I know you because of our talks about the trips to the cottage, and your busy lives. His mother used to play bridge with my grandmother in Garneau. I’ll miss him.

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  7. Annie MacKinnon :

    Dear Will, Nathalie, Thomas, Edward and Rosalie,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. Hugh has been a dear Friend to me for 45yrs, since 1967 at Foothills. Despite many changes or miles from AB he never failed to keep in touch. As Dr. Morrish, Hugh contributed so much to Medical Imaging by teaching and promoting excellence. In recent years, despite pain and difficulties; his will to keep enjoying golf, walking Honey and keeping in touch with Friends was inspiring. What will remain with me now is the memory of his warm smile and the sound of his voice full of assurance that any problem could be over come. I will miss him and remember him always. May you all find comfort in the memory of his wonderful life and his love for you.
    Annie MacKinnon

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  8. Alison MIyauchi :

    Dear Will and Family,
    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. He was such a wonderful and kind man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I will always remember skiing with you and your dad. My deepest sympathies are with you and yours during this difficult time. I know I will always remember him and miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Harold and Jeanette Swanson :

    Dr. and Mrs W. Morrish,
    Jeanette and I extend our sincere condolenses to you and your extended family at the passing of your Dad. As medical friends I had great respect for your dad. We met often at noon for lunch and to discuss radiology and the teaching program. I sat on a number of medical committes with him. He was a great radiologist and leader in the field. He accomplished very much in his field. You can be very proud of your Dad.
    Sincerely, Harold and Jeanette

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  10. Laura Brinkerhoff Palmer :

    To Dr. Morrish’s family I send sincere condolences. I knew Hugh through Catherine, as she was instrumental in bringing me into the Calgary Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta after my graduation in 1965. It was my honour and please to work with Dr. Morrish in his commitment to endow the U of C’s Catherine Morrish Memorial Scholarship for women. He was such an inspiration in this regard. Calgary has lost one of its finest citizens — a true gentleman.
    Laura Palmer

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  11. Gill and Bob Innes :

    Dear Will and family: Hugh will be sadly missed. He was a truly Great Man, great to work with. Very kind and considerate and always worked in the best interests of health care and the patient. Our family sends our sympathy to you all.

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  12. Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of Hugh. A fine gentleman who went too soon.
    Sincerely, Donna Riback

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  13. Shirley Florence :

    Dear Will: I was so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. Hugh was a very good friend and is deeply missed. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

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