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Biographical entry Paine, Donald Thomas Hardy (1921 - 2011)

LMSSA 1944; MB BS London 1945; FRCS 1948; LMCC 1956; FRCSC 1958; FACS 1959.

20 July 1921
28 January 2011
General surgeon and Urologist


Donald Thomas Hardy Paine was a urologist and general surgeon in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He was born in London, England, on 20 July 1921, the son of Stanley William Thomas Paine, an engineer, and Rosina May Paine née Baker. He was educated at Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon from 1935 to 1940 and then started training as a veterinarian, but later changed to medicine.

He was a house surgeon in Eastbourne, Croydon and Tunbridge Wells, and then a resident surgical officer at Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, from 1945 to 1948. He was subsequently a resident surgical officer (surgical registrar) at Blackburn Royal Hospital until 1950.

From 1950 to 1952 he was a surgical specialist to the British Army of the Rhine.

He returned to civilian life as a senior registrar at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, and then held a senior registrar post at St Peter's and St Paul's, Institute of Urology, from 1953 to 1955.

In 1956, disagreeing with the socialisation of medicine in the UK, he emigrated to North Bay, where he was a general surgeon and urologist. He led the establishment of the northern Ontario kidney dialysis unit at Civic Hospital. He was director of the Ontario Medical Association from 1974 to 1979.

In 1979 Paine, again fleeing this time the impending socialisation of medicine in Canada, he moved to the United States, to South Carolina near Myrtle Beach, where he continued as a urologist until his retirement in 1988.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed sailboat racing. In 1974 he competed in the Wayfarer world championships in England. He also played tennis and curling, and skied while living in Canada. He was a Rotarian for 40 years and president of the North Bay Rotary Club.

In 1945 he married Dorothy Cooper, a nurse. In 1954 he was married for a second time, to Barbara Bright, also a nurse. He had four children - Penelope, Richard, Victoria and Nicholas - and six grandchildren.

Donald Thomas Hardy Paine died on 28 January 2011. He was 89.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [ North Bay, On, Obituaries Dr Donald Thomas Hardy Paine - accessed 10 December 2016; Can Urol Assoc J 2011 Apr; 5(2):144 - accessed 10 December 2016].

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