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PEARCE, Dr. Keith Ian

Professor Emeritus
November 7, 1927 – March 17, 2013

Dr. Keith Ian Pearce, beloved husband for 58 years of Mrs. Heather Pearce of Cochrane, AB died on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the age of 85 years.

Dr. Pearce was born in London, England. He married Heather in 1954 and they immigrated to Canada in 1957. Dr. Pearce was Professor and Head, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Dr. Keith Pearce is remembered and dearly missed by his loving wife Heather, and their family; John (Anne), Jane (Roger); Susan (Sotiris) and Mary (Dale), nine grandchildren Lia, Christine (Chad), Nick, Robert (Kay-Lee), Laura, Chris, Anna, Adrian and Sarah, also two great grandchildren Juliette and Lilli.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB T5H 4K1. Tel: (1-866) 950-5465, The family would like to thank Dr. Libin and Unit 82 staff of the Foothills Medical Centre for their care and compassion.

In living memory of Dr. Keith Pearce, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Pam and Mark Morrill :

    Dear Heather and family, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  2. Dale, Mary, Adrian and Sarah (and all family members):

    Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your father and grandfather (husband and father-in-law). I do recall chatting with your dad Mary, appreciating his expertise and view of life and people. May the memories of good times, laughter and joy help you all through this difficult time.

    Regards, Marla Ferg, Kailie (Arason) and Gavin Kaposvary

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  3. Michael Trew MD, FRCPC :

    Please accept my condolences. Dr. Pearce (as I always thought of him) was Department Head when I began my residency in 1979. He collected around him all of the psychiatrists which I owe my training to, not to mention so many thanks. He was a man who did not always invite agreement but always looked for clear thinking and commitment to the care of others. He has left the world better than he found it, at the very least my part of the world. I will be unable to attend the funeral but wished to pass on my regards to the family.

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  4. Dr.Peter Roxburgh :

    Keith to me was a loyal colleague and enduring friend over the major part of my professional career and played a large part in defining it. He was known to me and many others for his warmth unimpeachable integrity and penetrating intelligence. Our thoughts are with you Heather and your family at this time Peter and Jerie Roxburgh

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  5. Arlene Weidner :

    Condolences to you, Heather and family. I had the good fortune of working with Dr. Pearce early in my mental health/psychiatric nursing career, and found him to be an incredible role model and mentor. He led by example, and expected (and provided) high standards of patient care and teamwork. His influence stayed with me throughout my life, and his contribution to psychiatry in Alberta has been simply outstanding.
    Sincerely, Arlene Weidner

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  6. Dr. Pearce was my mentor. He was the head of the Department of Psychiatry when I began my resident training in 1972. He was an innovative leader at a crucial time in the development of psychiatry in our city and our province. I was fortunate to have had so much time with him at an early time in my career. He taught me so much including the difference between the sapiential authority of the physician versus the hierarchical authority of the nurses and other staff with whom we worked. I will always be thankful for the privilege to have worked with him.

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  7. Jane Matheson :

    Dr. Pearce was an integral part of Wood’s Homes in the early 1980’s and as such, contributed to the work that it does today for thousands of families, children and youth in Calgary, throughout Alberta and even across Canada. Dr. Pearce was a conscientious board member who, along with others, had a vision for what Wood’s Homes could be. We remember him with appreciation and thanks.

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