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MYDLAND, Dr. Wallace Elton FRCS, FACS

February 24, 1929 – Edmonton, AB
March 21, 2014 – Calgary, AB

With great sadness, the family of Dr. Wallace Elton Mydland announce his passing on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the age of 85 years.

Wallace was born in Edmonton and grew up in High River, AB. He studied medicine at the University of Alberta and surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. After joining the Calgary Associate Clinic in 1958, he practiced with the Holy Cross, Foothills, and Rockyview Hospitals. Wallace held many positions during his career, including Deputy Chief of Surgery at Holy Cross Hospital, Chief of General Surgery at Foothills Hospital and Chief of Surgery at Rockyview Hospital. He was also a past president of the Alberta Medical Association, a founding member of the University of Calgary Medical School, was on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association and the Board of Directors of MD Investments. His interests included travel, skiing and photography. Wallace will be remembered for his unique sense of humour and his outgoing personality.

Wallace is survived by his loving wife Joan; his children Bryan, Karen, Bruce (Donna), Laura (Stuart Grills); grandchildren Mackenzie and Sydney Grills; nieces Sharoyne Van de Gijr and Sandra Kinnear; and nephews Myron Staal and Wayne Parker.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1009 – 15th Avenue S.W.) on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, 1 International Blvd., Toronto, ON M9W 6H3 or online at

In living memory of Wallace Mydland, 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. Bruce Mydland :

    My Father was not only my Father, but was my best friend, which I can never replace,
    I will miss him so ever much, more than words can say. I love you Dad!

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  2. Donna Aniskowicz :

    You were not only like a father to me but also a very special dear friend. I miss you and love you very much Doctor!

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  3. Dear Auntie Joan, Bryan, Bruce, Karen and Laura,
    Uncle Wally was such an incredible man and I know he truly impacted so many lives in incredible ways.
    Mom was very fond of him and often recalled the time she lived with Joan and Wally after they were married as wonderful memories.
    I loved how he would demonstrate his skills carving the turkey at Christmas and Thanksgiving and how he would confidently point out, you could see through the meat. And you could!
    He was a frequent presence when I graduated from nursing and would not hesitate to make sure everyone knew we were related.
    Wally made a difference and will truly be missed.
    He was a gift and now he is heaven’s gift.
    May God bless his beautiful soul!
    With lots of love, Ginia

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  4. Colin MacColl :

    Dr. Mydland took me under his wing early in my surgical residency in 1988. He pushed me to be my best. This included times when he had to show me how to do things better when I stumbled. He was a patient and skilled teacher.
    He was instrumental in getting me on staff at the Rockyview Hospital after my laparoscopic fellowship at a time when there was contraction in health care. The Holy Cross hospital had just been closed and the future of medicine looked bleak. It took Dr. Mydland to stand up for me to be sure I would be able to return to Calgary after my McGill fellowship.
    I worked with Dr. Mydland at the Associate Clinic for 5 years. The doctors strike in 1998 made it clear that moving to the US like many of my laparoscopic colleagues made sense. I spent a lot of time talking to Dr. Mydland about this, and he gave me great advice. Like many of the Mydlandisms, he said the cream rises to the top, and I would succeed in the US. I did, using the outstanding training I received in Calgary, thanks to many wonderful surgeons.
    Dr. Mydland’s advice comes through almost every day as I train future surgeons. This includes the laparoscopic bariatric partners who come out of their training as green as I was in 1992. It is important to state that Dr. Mydland’s experience and advice continues forward in many surgeons including me and those who I train. His legacy survives.
    Thank you Dr. Mydland for teaching me how to be a surgeon, technically, ethically and politically. My family adores you and we miss you. We will meet again.

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  5. Kathryn Osterberg :

    Dear Mrs. Mydland, Bryan, Karen, Bruce and Laura:

    I would like to offer our deepest condolences on the death of your husband and father. We are so appreciative of all the memories your Dad gave to us from shared Christmas dinners to the wonderful experiences of the Geritol Ski Team. Dr. Mydland’s friendship with my father was a true gift, and my parents’ time spent with all of you meant the world to them.
    God bless you Dr. Mydland.
    With lots of love, support and prayers,
    Arne Osterberg, Kathryn Osterberg, Margaret Clendening

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  6. Borys Hoshowsky :

    Dear Mrs. Mydland,

    I would like to offer my deepest condolences on the death of Dr. Mydland. I will always remember him as a great mentor and colleague . My prayers are with you at this time.

    Borys Hoshowsky,MD

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  7. Noel Hershfield :

    My sympathies to the family. Wally was very supportive when I moved to Calgary. He was a great colleague and teacher. Rest in peace.

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  8. Marysia Skarzynski :

    Dear Family of Dr. Mydland: sending you sincere and heartfelt condolences on the death of Dr. Wally. I will always remember him from my earliest years in nursing – I was always amazed at the gentleness of his huge hands as he touched the delicate organs which he was operating on and the total care for the person who was his patient. Together with his friends Dr. George Miller and Dr. John Morgan they were part of the pioneer group of dedicated and unbelievably talented and clever medical professionals of this city and will be so sorely missed as friends as well. And so with the French salutation ‘chapeau bas’ – we will miss you
    Dr. Wally!

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  9. Ellen Burgess :

    I always enjoyed working with Dr. Mydland when he was involved with our dialysis and transplant patients. I had a great deal of confidence in his abilities and always believed that he would do his best for every patient, day or night, regardless of how many hours he had already put in. A real gentleman surgeon. My condolences to you.

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  10. Perna and Gordon Borroughs :

    A friend, a Chrisdtian brother, a trusted advisor, all these are the memories we have of this man. For his friends his warmth and generosity outstipped the undoubted worth of his outstanding professional stature. His sense of humour, love of adventure and always enquiring mind made his companionship something to be truly missed.

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  11. Catherine Heaton :

    Dear family of Dr. Mydland,
    Thank you for sharing your husband and father with the medical school. As his clinical clerk in 1975, I donned a pink surgical dress and met him in the doctors’ lounge before I started my first day in the OR! It was the best of times and our teachers are never forgotten.
    Cathy Heaton, Class of 76, Family Medicine

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