William Lawrie Dunn

October 23, 1927May 5, 2019

"With heavy hearts we are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Husband and Father, William Lawrie Dunn, PHD MD FRCP.

“Bill” was born October 23rd, 1927 & lived fully until May 5th, 2019.

Lawrie’s memory lives on in the hearts of his Wife of 63 Years, Frances Ann, 3 Sons: Ian, Bryan and Jonathan, 3 Grandchildren: Frances, Hilary and Edward and 2 Great-Grandchildren, Charlotte and Emma; as well as all of those whose lives were indelibly touched by his gentle grace, kindness, compassion, intelligence and love.

The family wishes to extend it's deep appreciation and respect to his Family Doctor, Dr. Keith Hatlelid, his Cardiologist, Dr. Caroline Taylor, and the very fine professionals at the Cardiac Unit at St. Paul's Hospital, for their kindness and expertise in his care.

William's gift to the world was his profound love of all things living and inanimate, his unyielding passion to understand as much of it as he could in his lifetime and his selfless desire to pass on his wisdom. His stories will live on brightly forever in all of our hearts.

A private service for family will be held on Saturday May 11th at Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home, 306 E. 11th Avenue, Vancouver.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA in his name at 604-681-7271."

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Harry Senges

May 11, 2019

I had the privilege of being a medical resident at VGH/UBC from 1969-72 while Dr. Dunn was head of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department. Under his very successful, caring tutelage, all the residents who sat for the FRCP exam in 1972 were passed with flying colors. During his years he was the guiding light in re-organizing the teaching program and spent many hours with us in our final year, personally preparing us for the arduous written and final oral exams - all of this in spite of his demanding schedule. I will never forget the dedication he showed in guiding my decision making and opening up a position for me at VGH after I had applied a little too late for the residency program. He had a significant hand in recommending me for a permanent staff position in the Pathology Department at St. Paul's Hospital, eventually ending up as Director of Laboratories at Burnaby Hospital for 32 years. During some of those years I had the privilege of working with Radiologist Ian Dunn who came across as a "chip off the old block". It was a privilege knowing you, Ian.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a very positive legacy to all who worked with him and, no doubt to his family. Please know that you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget the wonderful human being, Dr. Lawrie Dunn.

Yours very truly, Harry Senges

Kendra Lawson

May 10, 2019

Dear Dr. Ian Dunn and family,
Our hearts go out to you and your family. We at CDC are all very sorry to hear of the loss of your father, and I am sure your hearts are aching. Let the memories of your fathers life provide you with the comfort you need during this challenging time. We are here for you if you need anything.

Kendra, Darlene, Rola, Jen, your North Town staff and all the radiologists at CDC, as well as the Senior Leadership Team.

A donation to the BC SPCA willbe made in his honor on behalf of CDC.