Dr. Douglas Bocking

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Died: May 9, 2020
Place: Victoria Hospital, London

Al Segal & Janet Merrill
(Monday, May 11, 2020)

Al Segal & Janet Merrill has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.



(Monday, May 11, 2020)

Al and Barb, so sorry to hear of the passing of Al’s father. Our sympathies to the entire family.

Al & Janet


Andrea (Bell) Faulds
(Monday, May 11, 2020)

I extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Bocking family.
I had purchased a 100th birthday card just last week to send to your Dad! I have been thinking of him quite a bit over the past 2 weeks as that milestone was approaching. Unfortunately, not to be.
My thoughts are with you at this doubly difficult time.
I will cherish the memories of Sunday dinners, baseball games on the circle, May 24th fireworks on the circle and so many other occasions shared with you as we grew up. Your Dad's friendship and companionship with Walter will also never be forgotten.
To a life very well lived!!
Love to you all,
Andrea


R.A. Stacpoole
(Monday, May 11, 2020)

R.A. Stacpoole has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Kathy Tomkinson
(Monday, May 11, 2020)

What a wonderful life and legacy. Condolences to the family.


Barb Gonyou
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

My deepest sympathy to the family. Dr Bocking was an amazing man.


James Francis
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Dear Bocking Family,

Very sorry to hear of your loss. I got to meet Dr Bocking a few times and he and Mrs Bocking were always so welcoming. My mom had great respect for him from her med school days and spoke of him fondly. Our thoughts our with you at this time.

Sincerely
James and Sarah


Bob Bourne
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Donna and I would like to send our sincere wishes of sympathy. We have always admired Doug and celebrate his life which was well lived as a family man, a wonderful doctor, a fantastic Dean and most importantly, an honourable man!


Robert V. Bocking
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

I first met my cousin Doug, when I was four years old in Port Arthur, (Thunder Bay) Doug was working on the S.S. Noronic for the summer and he took my sister Elaine and I on the ship for a ride from Fort William to Port Arthur. I have never forgotten that trip! My family and I will miss Doug very much. Our condolences to the entire family


Michelle Campbell
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

A very fine man and remarkable medical leader at St. Joseph's and in our community. So very sorry to hear of this sad news. Our sincere condolences to the Bocking family ...


Abbey Baran
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

I had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Bocking while I worked a the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry from 2008-2013.
My condolences to the all of the family. He was a wonderful mentor and leader. Always happiest talking about his children and grandchildren.


Joe Geremia
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Bruce your fathers life was one fully lived and its wonderful to see how engaged he was with his extended family. Our thoughts are with your family. Joe & Lianne Geremia


Soumaly’s and family
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

I’m so sorry for Bocking families I wished I have more time to be around him I learn a lot how to be strong and put smiles on my face every day. He is one of prefect person in this world . He will be missed


Wes Dunn
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

To all the Bockings:
I was most distressed and greatly saddened when I learned from Barbara, last Sunday, that Doug had had a fall resulting in a fractured hip, from which he did not survive. I am so, so sorry. Doug has lived a magnificent life of service -- a life which has been a particular privilege for me to have been a witness for the past 56 years. He will be sorely missed.
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences and my deepest sympathy. Wes.


Victor Han
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

As a Chairholder of the endowed Chair in Fetal and Newborn Growth, named after you and Vivian, I am deeply saddened by your sudden passing. I was greatly honored when I received the endowed chair in 2003, named after someone who I greatly admire. Al and Barb are great friends and our sincere condolences to all the Bocking Family. You have done much for the medical school, the university, London hospitals and the city of London, and you will be greatly missed.


Patricia McDougall
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

With heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the Bocking Family,

I have many fond memories of Uncle Doug, who made us feel welcome during the Christmas holidays; as well as at the cottage. He was a dear person, who was gentle, caring and had a wonderful sense of humour.
Uncle Doug will be greatly missed.

With deepest condolences, Trish


Paul and Lynn Wilmer
(Tuesday, May 12, 2020)

Paul and Lynn Wilmer has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Tim Turner
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

A truly fine physician - administrator - leader - and gentleman. I feel fortunate as a member of Meds 72 to have had the opportunity along with my classmates to have known him. He made us all better.


Alex Fetterly& Michelle Hall
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Fond farewell to a delightful man. He was a man of continuous good humour. He had a great memory, always saying hello, always by my first name. He also asked about my parents-my father was Victoria Hospital medical staff, but had left London in 1978. We will miss his smile and his jokes. Rest well, sir.


Alexander Fetterly
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Alexander Fetterly has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


John Biehn
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

As Dean, Doug welcomed me
to the Faculty of Medicine in 1971.
Enjoyed playing with him in the
retired MDs bridge group for the
past several years. Last talked to
him a few weeks back when he
called just to ask how we were doing. A wonderful gentleman.


George Cherian
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Dr. Doug Bocking was the dean of Medicine when I joined UWO in 1975. He was a great dean and a kind man who helped the junior faculty very much. I still remember the reception that he and his family gave to new faculty members at his home. We all are going to miss his smile and friendship. RIP.


Mary Ellen Kirk
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Mary Ellen Kirk has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Debbie
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

My condolence to the to the entire Bocking family. The minute I saw the notice in the newspaper I was saddened. There is not enough space on this page to express what kind of man he was. I'll remember his smile, that soft voice, and how he brightened my day when he came into work. It was many years ago, I worked for LMP where he brought his car for repairs, but Dr Bocking is one person I will never forget. May you all keep your memories close to your heart. RIP Dr Bocking
Deb


Ann MacPhail
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Hello Dr Allan Bocking and Barb.
I was very sad to hear the news that Dr Doug Bocking had died, suddenly after a hip surgery operation. and quite amazing that he turned 100 just 4 weeks prior.
I always enjoyed talking with Dr Bocking after church on Sundays. I recall one spring he was planning on attending 2 grandchildren's weddings!
I would also see him at the Western, Music Program operas.
A man who obviously loved life and generously shared his many talents with his community through his medical profession as well as his health care/education management profession. He was such a kind man.

Thinking of you both and your girls during this time.


Susanne Deakin
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Al & Barb,
Sending condolences to you and your family. May you find peace in a life well lived and many great memories.
Susanne


Kent Phillips Meds68
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Condolences to the Bocking family from my wife Susie and myself. Dr Bocking pinned my 50th anniversary graduation pin on my jacket in 2018 a moment of great appreciation fo r his stellar duty as my Dean of our medical school,and a man of passion and great personal warmth. I will always remember him in that way
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David Gowdey
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Dr. Bocking lived life to the full and with his wife Vivian raised a wonderful and accomplished family. He will be missed by many, many people but countless more, now and in the future, will be grateful for the work he did and the lives he touched.


Ellen Woodward
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

So sorry for your loss .I knew Doug all my life as the amazing man next door at the cottage .He was my hero who was still walking around Hardy Lake not many years ago . I send my best wishes to all his family . Do drop in when you are in Muskoka . A donation in his memory will be made to the K Trans Canada Trail .


Bob Kline
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

It is always sad to lose a loved one, and Doug Bocking was surely loved by his amazing family. Dr Bocking was my Dean when I arrived in the Dept of Physiology in 1973. Over the years he became a special person to me as he was always supportive and genuinely interested in his faculty members welfare. His long term of being Dean of Medicine during a remarkable growth phase was marked by wisdom and strong leadership, expressed in a gentlemanly way. Doug Bocking was a great man, who left a legacy of excellence in his professional life, which I think also spilled over into his family life. It was my privilege to know him and to learn from him.


Nora Sanders
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

One of my late father’s oldest friends from their days as Argonauts at First United Church in St. Thomas. Dr. Bocking was much admired in our household. My condolences to all the family as we remember this life well lived.


Susan Latremoille
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Doug was a quiet yet spirited man of numerous accomplishments. - A dear friend of the Morawetz family for many many years. He will be missed in so many realms.


Carol Herbert
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

Carol Herbert has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Carol Herbert
(Wednesday, May 13, 2020)

I appreciated the opportunity to get to know Doug Bocking when I became dean of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western. He was always gracious, kind, warm and supportive. He told me great stories of his time as dean. I heard from many of his former faculty and students how much he was valued and respected. He will be remembered by so many whose lives he touched. He leaves this world better for his having lived.


Reid Finlayson, MD UWO'69
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Dr. Bocking became Dean of Medicine as the new medical school opened on campus and our class began. I remember him as a very kind, thoughtful, and supportive leader. A wonderful example of a life well-lived!


Jamie and Julie Stiles
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Dear Al and Barb, we have fond memories of your family and we were so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Cherish your wonderful memories and please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Jamie and Julie


Michael Cook
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Doug Bocking was Dean of Medicine when I arrived in the then Department of Pharmacology in 1974 and I quickly learned that he really knew how to do that. Faculty Council meetings revealed that his hallway diplomacy had preordained the outcome of most issues, including the contentious ones, although boisterous and frank discussion was a hallmark of those meetings. I recall that Dr. Bocking’s car could usually be seen in the parking lot before most of us had arrived in the morning and was still there long after most had left for the day. He will be remembered for his quiet, compassionate effectiveness in all that he did, and for his long view which generated so many outcomes still evident and enjoyed today. My condolences to the Bocking family; I will remember him.


Pam Aitken
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Our parents were good friends. I left a pic - 1971, on a very cold spring day, Dr. Doug Bocking, and my dad, Dr. Ron Aitken, who were in Western Meds together, celebrated the 25th anniversary of their canoe trip on the Thames to Windsor.
Viv and Doug were amazing and kind. May they stay in your hearts forever.


Pam Aitken
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Pam Aitken has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Meg Connell
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Dear Alan and family -- please accept my condolences. Your dad was such a lovely person, not to mention a good friend, and canoeing partner, of my dad.


Julie, Joanne & John Kramer
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Julie, Joanne & John Kramer has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Patricia McDougall
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Patricia McDougall has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Joyce MacKinnon
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Having worked with Doug when he was Vice-Provost Health Sciences, I know he was a consistent and positive communicator, an excellent educator and supportive friend. Both he and Vivian were wonderful hosts and ambassadors for Health Sciences. He left a big gap in our ranks. With Sympathy,
Joyce


Joyce MacKinnon
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Joyce MacKinnon has made a donation to SARI Therapeutic Riding on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Clark & Carole Ann Leith
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Clark & Carole Ann Leith has made a donation to https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


John Rieger
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Dean Bocking was a kind man who took the trouble to remember your name. What a wonderfully full life he led. We shall miss him.


David Kinahan
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

My parents lived directly above Dr. & Mrs. Bocking for many years on Hillcrest Drive. In second year, when I joined my parents in London (from Winnipeg) to give Western a try, Dr. Bocking drove me to campus each morning. I had no idea at the time that he was as accomplished as he was or that he held such key faculty and administrative positions - a testament not just to my ignorance but to his modesty. I can't imagine what he must have been thinking turning onto Springbank each morning for a term with this skinny and sullen 19 year old kid in the passenger seat. I suspect he met the whole thing with good humoured amusement because that is the general tone I remember with him. I also always suspected that Dr. Bocking might have had something to do with me getting into Western again five years later - because it sure wasn't my grades. But I stayed for the MA and the PhD, so I hope he felt his trust was rewarded. Dr. and Mrs. Bocking were great friends to my parents - and their pool was always open to us. I remember them both very fondly, but those early morning rides to Western gave me more immediate experience of Dr. Bocking's warmth and generosity, and for that I am very grateful. My heartfelt condolences for your family's loss - may his memory be a blessing.


Dr. David Kinahan
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

Dr. David Kinahan has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Bob Totten
(Thursday, May 14, 2020)

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Bocking while I was Assistant Director of Personnel at Western. His warm and straightforward manner made it easy to get to know him and help him solve the occasional human resource problem when it arose in the Faculty of Medicine.

His treatment of staff and faculty was such that everyone respected him as someone who always was fair and kind in his dealings with others. He would go out of his way to ensure that justice was done even in the most difficult of situations.

Personally, I had the occasional opportunity to lunch with Dr. Bocking at the Faculty Club when administrators and faculty members would dine together without regard to rank, age or standing in the university community. He took a sincere interest in the type of work that I performed, asking insightful questions about the role of personnel management.

Dr. Bocking was a wonderful role model and one of the most effective administrators that I have ever met.

I give thanks for his life and his influence. on me. Peace be with you.


Alan A A Aylett
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

My sincerest condolences to Dr Bockings family. He has always had my deep respect and admiration as a good person and great dean.


Bob & Sharon Cherniak
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Bob & Sharon Cherniak has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Jan and Jim Hendry, parents of Doug Smith, camper at Ponaka.
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Doug was a wonderful, cheerful, kind and caring man that we always enjoyed seeing at church and at Sr. Alumni. He will be greatly missed.


Paul Cooper, MD "73 (Western)
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Dear Bocking Family,

Please accept my sincerest and deepest sympathies at your loss. Dr. Bocking was my Dean when I came to Western as a first year student in 1969. He and your mother would have the entire medical class over to the house on a Sunday afternoon, early in the Fall, to welcome students to Western. I can remember Vivian sitting at one end of the dining room table pouring tea from a silver tea service and Barbara Warwick (wife of the vice-president of Health Sciences) sitting at the other end doing the same. After Dr. Bocking retired from his administrative role as Vice-Provost Health Sciences he became a clinical colleague again looking after patients at Parkwood Hospital and I frequently consulted with him by telephone or saw patients in person for him, making visits to them in Parkwood Hospital. His caring and his skill were of the highest quality. Most recently I have enjoyed speaking with he and Ruth Drake at meetings of the Harvey Club and at Sunday morning services at First-St. Andrew's United Church. A wonderful man who lived a wonderful life and who contributed in so many ways to the medicine scene here in London, Ontario.


Brendan Dempsey
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Brendan Dempsey has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


drjack9@rogers.com
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Don, Anne and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Absolutely wonderful person.Just look at this photo which tells it all.


jack and sandy
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

jack and sandy has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Stephen Lownie and Penny Campbell-Lownie
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

Stephen Lownie and Penny Campbell-Lownie has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Stephen Lownie and Penny Campbell-Lownie
(Friday, May 15, 2020)

We had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bocking through his friendship with Ruth Drake. It's our understanding that Doug was the Dean who supported the vision that led to the creation of the combined CNS Department at Western. Although no doubt controversial at the time, it became the origin of many good things for neuro care in London, in Canada and throughout the world. Our sincere condolences to the family.


Don Pearson
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

I had the pleasure of working with Doug as he pursued with his usual quiet passion, perseverance and determination, the designation of the Thames as a Canadian Heritage River. This is just one of Doug's many legacies, and it was a distinct honour to have worked with him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.


Don Varnell
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Dear Barbra, Bruce and Ken
Last evening, your childhood neighbour and my best friend, Bob Westman informed me of your father's passing.
For many years, I renewed acquaintance with your father at Encore, The Concert Band performances. Bob and I enjoyed a good chat about your father. We recall watching him train his black Labrador in the front yard of your home at the corner of Highland Rd. and Wortley Rd.
To you, I extend condolence. You have so many wonderful memories to cherish.


Joan Mitchell
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Heartfelt condolences to each of you. I shall always remember how dedicated, gentle and loving a caregiver he was to his wife in her later years. Dr. Bocking certainly made this world a better place.


Francis Noventa
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Francis Noventa has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


The Buscher Family
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

The Buscher Family has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


The Buscher Family
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Dear Barb & John and the Bocking Family. We are thinking of you all at this sad time. We know Doug will be greatly missed.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Heather, Martin, Charles & Alexandra


carolyn bocking
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

carolyn bocking has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Meds 72
(Saturday, May 16, 2020)

Meds 72 has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Joseph DiStefano
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

Doug was a superb colleague and leader. His soft-spoken demeanour belied a gentle humour, principled actions and clear vision. He made important contributions to UWO in all his roles over the years, and I will remember him especially as a valued Dean, Vice President and then Vice Provost of Health Sciences. I send special condolences to all the family.


David Harris
(Sunday, May 17, 2020)

So sorry to hear of his passing .I knew him primarily through committee work .He was one of the individuals supporting the development of geriatric medicine at UWO in 1970s . That was a factor in my coming to London as a geriatric psychiatrist in 1980 . He was always very pleasant and supportive .


Dr Alex Hammond
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

My sincere condolences to all the family.
I enjoyed conversing with him recently
A great gentleman and physician

Alex and Sallie Hammond


John and Fran Eberhard
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

A man who accomplished so much. A life well lived. A life that will be sadly missed by so many. We have special memories. Deep peace to the extended family.


Lynn & Gerry Rock
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

Lynn & Gerry Rock has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Dr. Andrew Debreceni
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

I was particularly saddened to hear about Dr. Bocking’s passing. He was very welcoming and helpful to me as a recent arrival to the medical school, from then Communist Hungary. He helped find an English teacher and welcomed me to his home for a visit. Such a personal welcome from a professor of his status would have been unheard of in Hungary. He was a true gentleman.
Dr. Andrew Debreceni, Meds 70.


Susan Latremoille
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

Susan Latremoille has made a donation to University of Western Ontario Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Norma Henry
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

Norma Henry has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Norma Henry
(Monday, May 18, 2020)

Norma Henry has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Heather Shapiro
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

My condolences to Alan and the whole Bocking family. Your father left an incredible legacy. May his memory be a blessing.


Dianne Smith Breton
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

My father, Dr. Drummond Smith, of Hawkesbury, Ontario was a friend and colleague of Doug Bocking and enjoyed their time together at the Smith Clinic. I remember the happy Bocking family well, and was friendly with Barbara who was very young, and Bruce as well. Dr. Bocking lived a long and well-lived life and I send sincere sympathies to all his family on their loss.
Dianne Smith Breton, Ottawa.


Claudia Escandon
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

He touched the lives of many during a life of service and won’t be forgotten. My deepest condolences for the family. My thoughts are with you Liz and Bruce and family.


Claudia Escandon
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Claudia Escandon has made a donation to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


John Girvin
(Tuesday, May 19, 2020)

Bettye and I send our deepest sympathy to the Bocking family. Doug was an exceptional person with many talents. He was devoted to his family and friends. His memory will live on.


Board and Staff of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
(Wednesday, May 20, 2020)

Board and Staff of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Anne Pace Walker
(Wednesday, May 20, 2020)

Anne Pace Walker has made a donation to London Health Sciences Foundation on behalf of Dr. Douglas Bocking.


Anne Pace Walker
(Wednesday, May 20, 2020)

Sending love to the Bocking family at this sad time. The Pace family has many happy memories of Doug over a long friendship with our parents. We kids all knew about his love of nature but probably didn't know of his amazing achievements. A wonderful man and a life well-lived!


Brian Taylor, Meds 75
(Sunday, May 24, 2020)

To all of Doug’s family...I have been thinking a lot about Doug over the past 2 weeks. I will never forget just how kind and understanding he was for Cathy and I in medical school. In later years, we would mostly discuss our latest canoe trips. But my fondest recent memory of him took place at the farmer’s market in Lion’s Head 3 years ago. I was playing and singing in the market band, and looked out to see Doug and Ruth In the crowd, listening to our music and beaming! It was so good to see him again... and of course we talked about canoe trips. And he called me last year after I lost Cathy, bless his heart. His kindness, simplicity, honesty, and determination have always inspired me. Well done, Doug Bocking.


Moira Stewart
(Monday, May 25, 2020)

Dear children of Douglas Bocking, and grandchildren and friend Ruth;

I am sad to hear of Doug’s death a week or so ago. It has taken a week for me to recover enough to write you and extend my condolences.
I have many happy memories of Dr. Bocking as a mentor of mine, and more recently of Doug as a friend.
I saw you, Doug’s children, at the Dean’s Gala dinner two-to-three years ago where Doug received an Alumni Award. I had a chat with Barbara whom I had met years ago in her role as a nurse researcher at Sunnybrook, and with Alan whom I had met during his career in London. Then at my retirement Grand Rounds presentation and reception three years ago, a lovely young lady (a granddaughter) accompanied Doug and Ruth. Such a gracious young lady. I remember that Doug was just recovering from pneumonia after a cruise. I also remember Doug whispering a personal message of congratulations and pride to me. He moved me to tears; he seemed to know exactly what I needed to hear. Recently, I chatted with Doug and Ruth at each Encore concert at Banting High School and caught up on his news and our news.
I came to Western for graduate studies in Epidemiology from Halifax where my father held similar positions as Doug and knew Doug. So from my earliest years at Western, Doug would greet me and show an interest in my studies. But the first big professional interaction showed Doug’s generosity under pressure.
Here’s the story. I was a junior faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine and my first grants were to study the stress on families after the tornado around Woodstock in 1979. One grant was from the VP’s fund (Doug was VP of Health Sciences then) and the other grant was from the federal granting agency. Halfway through the project, due to major data collection problems, I had to shut down the project , begin the consent and interview process all over again . What a mess! What a beginning to my research career! I asked to meet with Dr Bocking and confess to this disaster, ask his advice and offer to return the funding. He said “No,no. I am not taking any funding back. You can turn this around.” He advised me to phone the federal agency and was confident that they also would support continuing the work. Never before in my life had I received such a generous and forgiving response to a problem. He had my heart from then on.
I know that you will all miss him terribly: his generosity, his genuine interest in your activities, his forgiveness, his toughness.
My sincere sympathy in this time of grieving.

Moira Stewart


Yolanda
(Tuesday, May 26, 2020)

Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the entire Bocking Family.


Edward T. Kryn
(Tuesday, May 26, 2020)

As a Meds 75 graduate, my condolences to the Bocking Family.
Recalling Dean Bocking just reminds me of a gentleman who had a knack for putting one at ease. The good natured approach that Dean Bocking had with students easily conveyed the feeling that as a student you were under the care of someone who had your best interests at heart, leaving a student like myself with the impression that Dean Bocking was acting like a father.
Dr. Douglas Bocking - Requiescat in pace.


John W D McDonald
(Sunday, June 7, 2020)

I have many fond remembrances of Doug. Perhaps my strongest memory is from 1961 when I was a junior intern at VH attempting on a Sunday to care for a small woman who was clearly suffering a preterminal, severe pneumonia, complicating her rheumatoid arthritis and chronic lung disease. Doug came into the ward on a Sunday, which was unusual in those days for physicians dealing with staff patients. He provided great comfort both to the patient and to me. He was a true role model in patient care as well as in administrative work, where I new him much later while serving as his Assistant Dean for research). He will be sorely missed in the London community. My condolences to the family and to Ruth.