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Bernard William David Badley

21 December, 193330 April, 2021

Bernard was born in 1933, in London, England the second son of George and Eva Badley, both of whom were officers in the Salvation Army. Because their ministry took them to several parts of the United Kingdom, he started school in Scotland before moving to Yorkshire, then Nottingham, to Durham and, finally, Cardiff, Wales where he attended Whitchurch Grammar School, a school that stressed both academic excellence and sport and the arts. It was there that he learned to play (and love) rugby. Through his parents’ work in the Salvation Army, he had been introduced to music at a young age which he continued to pursue in school. As was expected by his family, Bernard left school at age 16 to get a job. After a short, and particularly unsuccessful career as a junior banker, he decided to return to Whitchurch. His decision was complicated by the fact that his parents were due to move yet again. Fortunately for him, his school bandmaster wanted to keep his soprano cornet player, so he and his wife offered to board Bernard for his final 2 years. Bernard then received a state scholarship that would pay his entire subsequent education. Bernard applied to the London University’s St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College (Barts) but was told that all the places were filled for that year. Shortly after, his school rugby team, of which he was captain, played against a group of alumni and their friends. One of them was wearing a blazer bearing a crest that read ‘St BHHMC’. Bernard chatted with him about the game and the role he had played, and the following week he received a telegram from Barts informing him that an unexpected vacancy had opened, so in September 1952 he entered Barts, graduating with his MBBS in 1957. After further training, he signed on with the Canadian forces for a 3-year contract to fulfil his national service obligation. In the meantime, he had met a young German nurse, Ingeborg Mayer, who was the head nurse at the hospital he was working in. Despite the disastrous first impression he made on her; they fell in love. In January 1960, they were engaged, married in March, and by April they boarded the Empress of Ireland en route to Canada. Halifax, where they landed, was far different from the London they had left but it was only to be for 3 years before they returned to England. Those plans changed. By 1963, they were living in Inverness, Cape Breton, where Bernard became a rural practitioner. Bernard thrived in the role he played there, particularly with the guidance and friendship of Dr. Bernie MacLean, who he regarded as the epitome of a multiskilled rural practitioner. However, as Bernard had committed to return to Halifax to complete his specialty training, in 1965, now accompanied by daughter Jennifer and son Andrew, they returned to Halifax. This was the beginning of his career with Dalhousie Medical School and the Nova Scotia health care scene that would continue for the next 50 years. As one of the earliest Gastroenterologists on the East Coast, he revelled in his role as teacher to generations of medical students, and to the earliest of those postgraduates who trained under him who went on to become Gastroenterologists throughout the Maritimes. He assumed increasing administrative roles within the faculty, including Vice-Dean, and with the Royal College of Canada where for several years he served as chief examiner for the specialty of Gastroenterology. At the Victoria General Hospital, he was asked by the Board of Commissioners to serve as the hospital’s executive director to fill a sudden vacancy. He did so for a year before returning to his clinical role. Several years later, he agreed to do it for another year, and at the end of this term he agreed to continue on as President and CEO, but only on the condition that he could make major structural changes disentangling the VG from the provincial civil service which bound it to all of its regulations, few of which were suited to running a tertiary care hospital! The Nova Scotian government agreed to this transition, which the media called ‘a mammoth task’. Under Bernard’s leadership, existing upper management ranks were eliminated and replaced by four externally recruited Vice Presidents and the tools and philosophy of Continuous Quality Improvement were embraced. Bernard returned to clinical practice and shortly before reaching 65, the age of mandatory retirement, Bernard was asked to become clinical consultant in Gastroenterology to the armed services hospital in Halifax, involving a clinic day and a procedure day each week. This was a perfect fit, and he enjoyed his time there immensely. He did, however, set his own deadline for his second retirement. He thought no one should be doing colonoscopies after age 80. He did retire from Stadacona at 80, however, again he was fortunate because a few years before he hit that milestone, he had been invited to become founding medical director of the Nova Scotia’s new Colon Cancer Prevention Program. He, together with his invaluable administrative lead, produced a novel program that was later copied by other provinces. Again, he set his own retirement deadline and retired (for the third time) after 10 years at age 85, exactly 60 years to the month from his graduation as a physician. Throughout his life, apart from family, his two major interests were rugby and music. He played rugby at a high level throughout university but played for just a couple of years after coming to Canada, at a time when there was little of the game being played outside the services. Later, however, as the game began its resurgence, he began to referee and officiated at the Canada Games in Thunder Bay. He then became a Vice President of the Canadian Rugby Union and, later, Canada’s representative on the International Rugby Board’s medical advisory committee. He had not actively participated in musical activities for many years until, out of the blue, in 1979 he was asked to help a group of medical students and faculty members who had decided to form a concert band in the medical school but did not have a conductor. He agreed to help for six weeks until they found someone who was better qualified. That never happened and The Tupper Band was born. Bernard’s commitment stretched to over 40 years, ending only when the band could no longer meet last year due to COVID-19. He and his friend and ally Charles Hsuen decided that as the band’s concerts had to be cancelled, they would put together a series of ‘virtual concerts’ from the archives of the performances over the past 40 years. Those 25 concerts were sent to past and present band members as well as the Band’s many friends. You can view these concerts by going to http://tupperband.medicine.dal.ca Bernard Badley died on April 30, 2021, at the age of 87. He was predeceased by his wife Inge and brother Norris. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; son, Andrew (Stacey); granddaughter, Lauren; also by nephews, Ian (Julia) and David (Julie) in England. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Foundation in memory of Dr. Bernard W.D. Badley for the “The Badley Fellowship in Advanced Gastroenterology” fund QEII Foundation, 5657 Spring Garden Road, Park Lane Mall, Floor M3, Box 231 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R4, www.qe2foundation.ca, (902) 334-1546

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Lawrence Nestman

13 May 2021

I came to Dalhousie University in 1980 as a Professor to develop a Graduate Program in Health Services Administration which was a challenging experience because I needed the support of many at Dalhousie, in the health system and in Government. I had a number of meetings with Bernard during this process and he was supportive, and provided sound and thoughtful advice. He certainly understood the challenges initiating new endeavours to success and I found in some ways that he was a soul mate on my quest. I really appreciated his insights and I had an opportunity to thank him at the Symphony one evening and we had a few good laughs about our careers. Thank you again Bernard

Irene Wilkinson

13 May 2021

Sending deepest sympathy to the Badley family and all friends of "Bernie". He was an amazing, highly accomplished individual with a wicked sense of humour. I remember particularly the Christmas concerts he directed at St. David's Church in Halifax. He seemed to find time for everyone in his busy life. He will be sorely missed.

Dorreen Westhaver

13 May 2021

I had worked in the Dean's Office as a secretary in the early 1980's and had met Dr. Badley during my time there. He was an animated soul with a great sense of humor and always very positive. He was a joy to work with in the office.

Barbara Fagan

12 May 2021

I met Dr. Badley over 30 years ago, a week after being licensed as an RN in the province. He was my patient, and he was also the CEO of the hospital. When I met him, I introduced myself and said: well, I'm not sure which of us drew the short straw in this situation: the ink on my licensure was not yet dry, and I really hoped if he was "sick" or "becoming sicker" he would tell me, because I had a LOT of student loans to pay off and was really hoping that I was going to provide him with safe, high quality care. He burst out laughing and thus began our relationship. Throughout my career, he always called me by name, took the time to chat with me, and was interested in my progression as a nurse. I was honored to know, work and learn from such a respected MD. Together we loved the music - the symphony of good care and well executed notes. He is very missed. I would not be the nurse I am without his unfailing support, guidance and kindness.

Doug Sinclair

11 May 2021

My sincere condolences to the Badley family. Bernie was an inspiration to many young physician leaders and encouraged and mentored a number of us to brave the uncharted waters of hospital and health care administration. He taught us all about quality improvement years before anyone knew about it. And he permitted me to join the Tupper Band without an audition! He will be missed by us all.

Sylvia Kennedy

10 May 2021

Dear Jennifer and Andrew. Sincere condolences on the passing of your dear father. What a wonderful life he led. My name is Sylvia Kennedy and when you lived in Inverness, I was a teenager who baby sat both of you. When your family moved to the Halifax area, I went with you for about two weeks so I could help keep both of you entertained and happy while your Mom and Dad got the house in order and everyone settled in your new home. It is a time I remember fondly.
I have lived in Ontario for many years but return to Inverness often where my husband and I very much enjoy the lovely area.
I expect you will miss your Dad greatly. Best wishes.

James Hickey

9 May 2021

Condolences to the Badley family on your recent loss. To me Bernie was a mentor, teacher, colleague and friend. A straight shooter and a prince of a man.
Jim Hickey

Mike Wong

8 May 2021

Condolences to Dr Badley's family for their terrible loss. He touched the lives of so many. He was such a kind and inspirational man. I will always remember my time with him in the Tupper Band and afternoons talking about the VG and the Herculean task of modernizing it. His legacy lives on at Dalhousie Medical School and beyond.

Mac & Liz Mackenzie

8 May 2021

Liz & Mac were deeply saddened to hear about Bernard and send our most sincere condolences to all the. Family. Bernard leaves a long shadow through his life time achievements. Everything he touched he adorned with skill, dedication & compassion. We shall miss his friendship.

Robert MacLeod

8 May 2021

To The Badley Family,
So sorry and saddened to learn of your father's passing. He will be missed but remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him and they are in the thousands. He cut a wide swathe through life and left the world a better place.
My deepest condolences and sincere sympathy in a shared loss.
Bob MacLeod(Nfld-Lab)

FROM THE FAMILY