Awards honour doctor,
advocate for the disabled
By Leslie Strudwick
who has changed the face of cardiac science and treatment, and
an innovative young lawyer who is an advocate for people with disabilities.
These are the two newest alumni to be named recipients of the Arch
Awards, given out by the University of Calgary Alumni
Dr. D. George
Wyse, MD’74, is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine’s
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. By the time Wyse entered
medical school at the U of C, he was already an accomplished scientist
(having earned a master’s and PhD in pharmacology), and he held
an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in pharmacology
while he earned his medical degree.
One of Wyse’s most outstanding achievements has been his work as
the principal investigator on a study of atrial fibrillation (the most
common cardiac arrhythmia requiring treatment), which changed the way
physicians around the world now treat the condition. “Dr. Wyse
strives as a tireless advocate for the advancement of medical science,” says
Franciscus van der Hoorn, a PhD candidate who works with Wyse.
Some of my colleagues, like Cy Frank, have earned this Distinguished
Alumni Award in the past, and I’m very honoured to be among him
and others chosen by the Alumni Association. It’s a wonderful and
unexpected acknowledgment, especially as I retire from the U of C at
the end of this year,” admits Wyse.
BA’97, LLB’01, was left a quadriplegic after being
the victim of random act of violence, a drive–by shooting.
The active 21-year-old who planned to be a phys-ed teacher has
become a powerful advocate for people with disabilities.
Hehr was the president
for the National Education Association of Disabled Students
while earning his law degree at U of C, and was awarded the Franklin
along with then Prime Minister Jean Chretien from the United
Nations in 1999 for his efforts.
works at Calgary law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain and also chairs the
City of Calgary Advisory Committee
on Accessibility and is
incoming president of the Canadian Paraplegic Association
My community has given so much to me over the years, and I’m proud
to be able to give back in any way that I can. It’s an honour to
be named this year’s GOLD Award recipient, especially since I am
only the third person to receive it.”
more than 110,000 alumni living in 120 countries around the world,
and 5,000 more will join the alumni
family this spring.
This pair of outstanding graduates will be honoured
at a special event during
convocation week on June 10. Visit www.alumni.ucalgary.ca for details.