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
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