Dr. Mohamed Mo Hassan Kamel Shokeir (MB, BCh, DCh, MS, PhD, FCCMG)

July 2, 1938October 30, 2010

The death of Dr. Mohamed Shokeir occurred on Saturday October 30, 2010 at St. Paul’s Hospital at the age of 72 years. Surviving are his wife Donna; his daughter Vanessa (Lucien) Hardy of Waterloo, Ontario; his son Marc Omar of Bellingham, WA (Cheryl); grandchildren Vivienne, Peter, John, Philip, Emma, Julia, Katherine, Eliza and Madeline. Mo was born in Mansoura, Egypt July 2, 1938. He graduated with his medical degree from the University of Cairo in 1960. He pursued post graduate training in orthopedics, qualifying as a surgeon in 1963. Taking a U-turn, Mo left for the University of Michigan to study Human Genetics on a Fulbright Scholarship, obtaining his MS in 1965 and then PhD in 1968. While studying at the U of M, he met Donna Nugent as she was pursuing her MSW and they were married February 22, 1968 at St. Claire, Michigan. Mo was recruited by Dr. Jon Gerrard to the University of Saskatchewan as a Queen Elizabeth 11 Scientist later in 1968. From 1972 to 1975 he was a Medical Geneticist at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, returning to the U of S to head the Division of Medical Genetics. He received his full professorship in 1977. Mo was the Head of Pediatrics at the U of S from 1979 to 1996. His vigorous recruitment of specialists tripled the size of the Department. Dr. Shokeir was one of a rare breed of quadruple threat physicians: clinician, educator, researcher and administrator. His commitment to children of Saskatchewan provided inspiration to generations of physicians. Thousands of patients warmly recall his brilliant expertise and non-judgmental devotion. His special concern for the handicapped and marginalized was ultimately reflected in his dignified acceptance of his devastating Parkinson’s Disease over the past 20 years. His earthy love of life included family, friends, science, nature, music, food, art, history and faith. His embrace of the Mennonite Faith in adulthood epitomized his yearning for peace. The Celebration of Dr. Shokeir’s Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday November 3, 2010 at the Chapel of Acadia-McKague’s Funeral Centre, presided by Rev. Patrick Preheim. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to CHEP (Child Hunger and Education Program) c/o Room 210 – 230 Avenue R. S Saskatoon S7M 0Z9. The family acknowledges with appreciation the excellent care and treatment Mo received at St. Paul’s Hospital in the ICU, Observation, and Palliative Care units. Condolences may be sent to the family through Arrangements are entrusted to David Grambo 955-1600.


  • Celebration of Mo's Life Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dr. Mohamed Mo Hassan Kamel Shokeir (MB, BCh, DCh, MS, PhD, FCCMG)

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Sheila Murray

January 1, 2011

Dear Donna;I met your husband when I was pregnant with my son 19 years ago.He was one of the kindess and most patient of all the doctors I had to see.He took his time sitting down beside me and related the medical information in the kindess way. I could tell then that he was an exceptional human being and I thank God to this day for his life and work.
My beautiful son was born without any complications, just as your husband predicted and today he is a strapping 18 year old going on 19.I hope he does as much good in the world as your husband did!!Sincerely Sheila Murray

December 28, 2010

Dear Donna
Just learned about Mo's passing. This is a sad loss. We have always admired and respected this great man as a colleague and a friend. His quite amusing presence was his signature but no one took him lightly.We loved him and he will never be forgotten. Our sincere condolences
Samira and Gamal Gabra

Judith Hall

November 15, 2010

Dear Mrs. Shokeir,

I remember meeting you on a visit to Saskatoon. I am very sorry to hear of Mo's passing. He was a wonderful man and an outstanding researcher. I particularly appreciated his clinical insights.

I know it must have been hard over the last decade and I wanted to express my condolences to the family, but also to honor the memory of a very man.


Judith Hall

Judith G. Hall, OC, MD, FCAHS
Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics
UBC & Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC
Department of Pediatrics
BC's Children's Hospital

November 12, 2010

Dear Mrs. Shokeir, Vanessa, and Omar

On behalf of the Schaefer Family, please accept our condolences. Dr. Shokeir was a great man.

It was a privilege to be his student and to have known him.


Jeff, Gwen, and Heidi Schaefer
Mrs. Lucille Schaefer

Judie Buell

November 9, 2010

Donna & Family - I want to express my condolences for your loss. He was a truly great man that a pleasure to serve when he came into the Bank. On a personal note, he was also able to give my sister some comfort after she lost a pregnancy 7 months in. For that our family is eternally grateful.

Sarah Cavanaugh

November 8, 2010

Dear Donna,

When we were studying art together, I looked forward to seeing you and Mo at every art opening. The love you shared was unmistakable and inspirational. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

David Rosenblatt

November 8, 2010

It was my priviledge to have known Dr. Shokeir as a distinguished colleague for many years. The Canadian medical genetics community will miss him greatly. The McGill genetics community extends its condolences to the family.

wendy Bickis

November 7, 2010

Dear Donna, Vanessa and family,
I will always remember visiting your home in high school and your Dad's hospitality and kindness. My heart goes out to you all. I wish you peace and love, and know that you are in our thoughts.
Wendy Bickis and Michael Florizone

November 7, 2010

Donna and family
I have many fond memories of scientific interest and research shared with Mo.

I send my warmest wishes and sympathy to all the family.

Diane Cox
University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Linda Duvall

November 7, 2010

Donna and family -

We are thinking about you at this difficult time.

John remembers Mo speaking out eloquently at every faculty meeting. I remember more that Mo went to more art openings than anyone I know.

Call us to talk.

Linda Duvall and John Loewy