John Charles Godel

Godel, John Charles (Jean-Charles) MC BSc

MD FRCPC, Member of the Order of Canada,

Distinguished Alumnus – University of Alberta –

October 7, 1930 – March 17, 2014 age 83.

After a long, distinguished career as a researcher,

doctor, teacher and mentor, John Godel passed from

this life surrounded by his loving family in Campbell

River, BC.

John was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1930.

He grew up in Athabasca where his curiosity and

inventiveness often got him in trouble with his parents.

He attended the University of Alberta where he met his

companion for life, Marjorie Harper.

After graduating from Medical school he moved to

Vanderhoof BC as a general practitioner. He gained his

FRCP after training in both Edmonton and Cleveland,

Ohio. After returning to Vanderhoof to practice his

wanderlust took over. He took his wife and 6 kids

to Lagos, Nigeria with CIDA (Canadian International

Development Agency). Nigeria was only a beginning;

children in Tunisia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Cameroon,

Uganda and Northern Canada all benefited from his

passion for helping, for learning and for research.

After retiring as Professor emeritus at U of A, John

continued to volunteer in Africa. The last 15 years of

his life were dedicated to children in Uganda, including

Healthy Child Uganda. http://healthychilduganda.


He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and

great-grandfather, teacher and mentor.

Survived by his wife, Marjorie, children, Linda, Marie,

Paul, Rob, Mark and Michael, 19 grandchildren and 10


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