Keith Drummond, MD
March 29, 2020
Keith Newton Drummond grew up on the dairy farm the Drummonds had run for generations in in Rosemont, Montreal. After attending McGill medical school, he pursued a residency in pediatric nephrology in the U.S.A., returning to Montreal in 1964 to pioneer the field in Canada. He became a full professor of medicine at McGill, its chairman of pediatrics and the head of pediatric nephrology and the Physician-in-Chief of the Montreal Children's Hospital, where his bedside manner with sick children, and their terribly worried parents, was renowned.
Keith met Dorothy MacLeod when he was 14, she 16, and married ten years later. In 1950 they built a log cabin by hand in the Laurentian Mountains. For every month of August, the five Drummond children bathed in the immense natural world at the cabin's door while luxuriating in the gentle love of a man dedicated to children. Keith's abiding passion for the fleeting beauty of birds has been passed down to his children and grandchildren.
Keith is survived by his wife Dorothy, by his five children, Robbie, Susan, David, Nancy and Jeffrey and their spouses, and by his grandchildren Cecelia (Solomon having predeceased Keith), Noah and Jacob, Meaghan and Claire, Gaby and Luke.
Keith's ashes will be spread on Lac Archambault, the Drummond summer idyll, when his family is next able to gather.
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