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Douglas Wright Stoneman DDS, FRCD(C)
Biographical details fail to convey Doug's impact on his specialty and on all who knew him. Many colleagues had the privilege of working with him and learning from him for over 30 years at the universities and hospitals; many of Doug's contemporaries enjoyed him for much longer. He inspired countless students with his enthusiasm and his ability to transmit, along with his own vast knowledge, the observations, insights and clinical principles introduced to the field by his mentor, the late Dr. H.M. Worth. Doug had the ability to engross interns and students with his wit, wisdom and gentle guidance.
There was often an age gap of up to two gener-ations, yet he made each student feel like a valued friend.
Many such individuals were inspired to enter Oral Radiology or developed a lasting interest in the subject, even if they entered another field of practice all because of Doug.
He had a keen intellect and always sought to uncover the vital fragment of information that revealed a more complete understanding of the picture of human disease. He freely shared these quests with others and created a rare blend of fun and exploration. Doug was quintessentially a modest man who had little time for self-importance, pomp or presumption. Yet he countenanced these frailties in others with gentle amusement, rather than anger or frustration.
Doug's passing will be mourned by many. His sense of humour and the twinkle in his eye will be missed acutely. Lucy and their family shared his company with us long after they had the right to expect him to remain at home. He will leave a void that we can try to fill by preserving forever the example set by his life, the essence of which was a delight in knowledge and discovery, unfailing civility, humour and warmth.
Never have I known an individual who inspired such universal respect and affection among those who knew him. We will each remember Doug in our own way, but a number of us who were privileged to know him will always be able to conjure up the joy of his friendship with memories of the aroma of single malt scotches shared in the past and with those future private, silent toasts to a full life, well lived.