SELAND, Thomas Peter
November 21, 1941 — March 29, 2013
Physician, husband, father, chef, music lover
Peter Seland, beloved husband of Michèle Mantle, father to Karen (Jim), Nicola, Scott (Denise), and Mark (Lara) and grandfather to Desirae and Alex, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2013 in Kelowna, B.C. Peter was born and raised in Drumheller, AB, to parents Norma and Trygve. After finishing school at 16, he enrolled at the University of Alberta taking two years of pre-med classes before entering medicine. After completing his medical degree in 1964 and internship in 1965, Peter served three years in the Royal Canadian Navy based in Comox, BC as a Surgeon Lieutenant. He returned to the UofA to pursue his interest in the function of the brain through a Neurology Residency.
In 1973 he moved the family to Calgary where he served as the Director of the Division of Neurology at the Calgary General Hospital. As a faculty member of the UofC, he was one of the key founding fathers of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. He served as the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta between 1984 and 1986 and later as Chair of the College’s Advisory Committee on Professional Education. In this same period, he acted as Chair of the Neurology Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Throughout his career in Neurology he pursued a specific interest in Multiple Sclerosis. Peter was the Director of the University of Calgary Multiple Sclerosis Research Clinic and, following a move to Kelowna in 1992, set-up a new MS Clinic, caring for patients from across south-central British Columbia. While in Kelowna, Peter also had a busy community-based Neurology practice and served various administrative roles at the Kelowna General Hospital. Always considerate and caring, he was respected by patients, physicians, and academics alike. Over the years, his experiences and observations led him to an understanding of, and passion for, the area of medical ethics. In 1999, he joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia as Deputy Registrar (Ethics). Over the past decade, Peter made numerous presentations and speeches on various aspects of medical ethics.
Peter was truly a man of many interests and talents. In his earlier years, he was a Boy Scout leader with a love of canoeing and photography. He was an avid lover of classical music and literature. Peter also enjoyed the splendor of flowers, mountains and physical geography. He was a masterful “home chef”. Peter and Michèle shared a common love for their dogs. Weakened in his last several weeks by lymphoma, he kept his sense of humour and wonderment and accepted his condition with courage and grace. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at Summerhill Winery on Friday April 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. If desired, friends are encouraged to donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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The service for SELAND, Thomas Peter is scheduled for Friday April 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.