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Submitted by natasha on Tue, 04/16/2019 - 03:19:PM

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Dr. William “Bill” McLean on Wednesday April 10th.  Son of the late Harry and Alice McLean of Toronto, he is survived by sons Christophe (Manon) and Daniel (Anik), and his beloved sister Anne Marie. He also leaves ex-wife Barbara McLean (née Hébert).   

Bill graduated from the University of Toronto in 1964 with a degree in Pharmacy and completed his PharmD at the University of Michigan in 1967.  Following his studies, he arrived in Ottawa in 1971 as a newly hired pharmacist in the intensive care unit at the Ottawa General Hospital and headed up its Drug Information Center.  After his more than 30 years at the hospital practicing clinical pharmacy, he retired as the Director of Pharmacy in 2000.  In addition to his hospital work, Bill spent 40 years in various capacities at the University of Ottawa: lecturer, coordinator for the clinical pharmacology courses, and developer of the therapeutics course in both English and French for Ontario universities offering the nurse practitioner program.  He retired from the institution as adjunct professor with the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.  Throughout his illustrious career, Bill worked on numerous research projects and authored more than 130 papers with research teams and made more than 350 formal presentations to audiences across Canada, the United States, Mexico, France and Sweden.  He has received a number of awards for his work, most notably fellowships from the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (2013), the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1988), and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (1995), as well as Ontario Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year (1987), the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacist Distinguished Service Award (1994), and the Canadian Pharmacists Association’s Centennial Pharmacist in 2007 (one of only 100 pharmacists so honoured over the last century).  In recognition of his contributions to the profession, the Ontario branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists annually awards the William McLean Clinical Pharmacist Award which over the last 25 years Bill presented himself to the recipients.  But most of all, Bill will be remembered for donning his infamous bow ties during most of his career, which became his trademark.

Bill loved cottage life, and enjoyed spending time with family, friends and colleagues at Danford Lake in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  In his retirement years, Bill spent a considerable amount of time volunteering for numerous charitable organizations, most recently the Bureau régional action sida (“BRAS”), and the Capital Rainbow Refuge.  In Bill’s memory, donations to these organizations would be greatly appreciated.    Friends and Family are invited to visit at Beechwood National Memorial Centre, 280 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service in the Sacred Space at 2 o'clock.   Reception to follow.

 

C’est avec beaucoup de tristesse que nous annonçons le décès soudain et inattendu du Dr. William « Bill » McLean mercredi le 10 avril dernier.  Fils de feu Harry et Alice McLean de Toronto, il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants Christophe (Manon) et Daniel (Anik) ainsi que sa sœur bien-aimée Anne Marie.  Il laisse également son ex-épouse Barbara McLean (née Hébert).

Bill était diplômé en Pharmacie de l’université de Toronto en 1964 et termina son diplôme PharmD à l’université du Michigan en 1967.  Après ses études, il arriva à Ottawa en 1971 pour prendre un poste de pharmacien aux soins intensifs à l’hôpital général d’Ottawa, où il assumait aussi le rôle de chef du Centre d’informations sur les médicaments.  Après plus de 30 ans à l’hôpital en tant que praticien de pharmacie clinique, il a pris sa retraite en 2000 alors qu’il occupait le poste de Directeur de la pharmacie depuis plusieurs années.  En plus de son travail à l’hôpital, Bill a consacré 40 ans dans divers rôles à l’université d’Ottawa, où il a notamment été conférencier, coordonnateur des cours de pharmacologie clinique, et où il a développé le programme thérapeutique en anglais et en français pour les universités ontariennes qui offraient le programme d’infirmières praticiennes.  Il s’est retiré de l’institution en tant que professeur adjoint au sein du département de médecine cellulaire et moléculaire de la Faculté de la Médecine.  Durant sa longue et illustre carrière, Bill a contribué à de nombreux projets de recherche et est l’auteur de plus de 130 publications de recherche et a présenté plus de 350 conférences à travers le Canada, les États-Unis, le Mexique, la France et la Suède.  Il est le récipiendaire de plusieurs prix et distinctions pour son travail, notamment le titre de Fellow de la Société Canadienne des Pharmaciens d’Hôpitaux du Canada (2013), de l’American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (1988), et de l’American College of Clinical Pharmacy (1995).  Il a été nommé Pharmacien de l’année en 1987 par l’Association des pharmaciens de l’Ontario, a reçu le prix de distinction de la Société Canadienne des Pharmaciens d’Hôpitaux en 1994, ainsi que le Canadian Pharmacists Association’s Centennial Pharmacist décerné en 2007 (un parmi seulement les 100 à recevoir ce prix durant le dernier siècle).  En reconnaissance de sa contribution à sa profession, la branche ontarienne de la Société Canadienne des Pharmaciens d’Hôpitaux du Canada décerne annuellement depuis plus de 25 ans le prix William McLean Pharmacien Clinique, lequel Bill a présenté en personne chaque année jusqu’à l’an dernier.  Mais plus que tout, Bill sera toujours reconnu pour le port de son fameux nœud papillon qui est devenu sa marque de commerce durant sa carrière.

Bill adorait la vie au chalet et trouvait un énorme plaisir à passer du temps avec sa famille, ses amis et ses collègues au lac Danford durant les années ’80 et ‘90.  Durant sa retraite, il a dédié une bonne partie de son temps au bénévolat, plus récemment avec le Bureau régional action Sida (BRAS) et la Capital Rainbow Refuge.  Pour hononer la mémoire de William, nous vous invitons à faire un don à un de ces organismes.  Parents et amis sont invités au Centre commémoratif national Beechwood, 280 avenue Beechwood, Ottawa, le dimanche 5 mai, à compter de 13h. Un service commémoratif aura lieu à 14h et une réception suivra.

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Fred Salter

I was fortunate to have Bill's company here in Florida at the end of March. He enjoyed his visit, which included a trip to Vero beach with a walk on the beach(a favorite for Bill) and a number of walks in the neighborhood in Clermont. I have many fond memories of our time at the University of Michigan and a number of visits after we had all left. He cared very deeply about people, most recently evidenced by his volunteer work. I will very much miss him, as I know will his family, his friends, and many who got to know him over the years.

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RAYNALD E CLEROUX

Such good memories ....at the cottage....and always calm and friendly where ever i met him....THANK YOU SO MUCH.....

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:11:AM

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Douglas Sellinger FCSHP

Condolences on your loss, Bill was a pharmacist who gave selflessly. His work and passions enriched many lives

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Jim and Andrea Mann

Professor: The memories which you worked so hard to create with family, friends and colleagues will never be forgotten. Your friendship was a treasure , second to none and will be missed daily. Our times together were always joyful , you worked hard as the 'perfect ' host and as guests we were honored to participate . Bill, as a friend and colleague you were always full of energy and creativity both professionally and personally , we have so much to be thankful for your celebrated life; our thoughts and prayers are with your family my friend, may you Rest in Peace.

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bill bartle

CHristophe/Daniel: So saddened like all hospital pharmacists and colleagues to hear of Bill's unexpected death. He was a pioneer and pathfinder in clinical pharmacy practice and residency training Like Bill, I completed my PharmD a year or so after him and we generally connected at annual conferences mainly. I always looked forward to and enjoyed our conversations and verbal sparring about Toronto-Ottawa rivalries , whether pharmacy training or hockey. I was honoured to receive the award named after him some 20 or so yrs ago. He brought such dignity, panash, and history to the profession. I and my long-term colleagues at Sunnybrook will miss his presence very much.

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Glen Brown

Bill provided great leadership during difficult times. His impact will be long lasting.

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Carl and Darlene Hebert

So sad. Have many happy memories with Bill.

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Sharron and Silvio Valeriote

Our sympathy to family and friends .God bless.

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Philippe Bédard

My deepest sympathy I’m so sorry Bill was a fine man and we all liked him

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Jim Blackburn

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Bill, Charlie Hartlieb and I were the first Canadian PharmD's and we always considered how fortunate we were to have made that decision in the 1960's and early 1970's to pursue a career in the newly involving practice of clinical pharmacy. It was a wonderful experience and Bill had an outstanding career of leadership in clinical hospital pharmacy practice in our country!

We all should wear a bow tie to celebrate his remarkable accomplishments.

Jim Blackburn

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