Gordon and I were born in the same year (1931) and became colleagues and friends as students in the Physics Department at the University of Saskatchewan and in the Biophysics Program/Department at Yale University. We then both did a postdoctoral year at Connaught Medical Research Labs in Toronto with Lou Siminovitch and Angus Graham. We then shared a laboratory in the Physics Division of the newly-established Ontario Cancer Institute. The Division was led by an early mentor of both of us at the University of Saskatchewan, Harold Johns. It was Gordon who first got me involved in research, by suggesting that I become a summer student under Harold's supervision. As time went on, our research interests diverged, as I became increasingly involved in research on stem cells, in collaboration with Ernest McCulloch, while Gordon continued to make internationally-recognized contributions to radiation biology. We both continued to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute, and its successor, the Princess Margaret Cancer Center, until we both retired. I have many fond memories of time spent with Gordon and Dawn. Joyce and I send condolences to Dawn, Margaret and the entire Whitmore family.
Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.
Wishing you strength and love during this difficult time.
Joe, Kathy, Christian & Petra
Elinor and Family
We send our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. May the remarkable life he lived and your wonderful memories of him provide you with comfort at this very challenging time.
Judith and Dean Malvern
Dawn, I was so sorry this morning to learn of Gordon's passing. You had such a long and beautiful life together. Looking at the photos brought back some very happy memories for me. I remember when mom and dad went to your wedding. As I have learned this past 18 months, grief has its ups and downs and one never knows when it will hit. Your family will be a great support to you, while they in turn will be grieving their father and grandfather. I sometimes forget that. May Gordon rest in peace and may your memories truly be a blessing for you. With much love and sympathy. Gwen Johns Greenstock
It was such a shock to read the obituary of Gord this morning in the Globe. On behalf of Marguerite and John Hunt and family, I am sending our deepest condolences to Dawn, Christine, Elinor, and Merrie, and families. Gord was Dad's best friend. He was Dad's saviour after his stroke and has kept up with him through his entire life. Mum is so very sad and hopes to speak with Dawn soon. Hugs to all of you. Suzanne (Suzie) on behalf of the family