Dr. Ivan Beck, Co-founder of the CDHF will be missed

Co-Founder of Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Passes Away

Dr. Ivan Beck, beloved mentor of Canadian gastroenterologists, dies after long and distinguished career

Dr._Ivan_BeckNovember 15, 2010 (Oakville, ON) – Dr. Ivan Beck, Co-Founder of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, passes away.

Dr. Ivan Thomas Beck, beloved husband for 59 years to the late Marjorie Beck passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the Kingston General Hospital at the age of 86 years.

Dr. Ivan Beck’s passion for gastroenterology, especially Canadian gastroenterology, was unparalleled. He was an outstanding clinician, researcher and educator, winning many national and international awards but he was most proud of his mentorship of countless clinicians and scientists over the course of his long and distinguished career.

Dr. Beck was worked tirelessly for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) since its inception 50 years ago. He served as the first secretary of the Association and then as President in 1967-68. In addition, he was CAG archivist for over 20 years, meticulously documenting the history of the CAG and Canadian gastroenterology.

Dr. Beck was also co-founder of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation. The foundation honours Dr. Beck’s commitment to gastroenterology by continuing the work he began so long ago by supporting awareness, education and research to empower the 20 million Canadians affected by digestive disease.

Dr. Beck requested that donations be made to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation in his memory. This can be done on-line at www.CDHF.ca or by completing the form below.

About the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF)

Over 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes this is unnecessary and unacceptable. We reduce suffering and improve quality of life through awareness, education and research initiatives. As the Foundation of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, we work directly with leading physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals to deliver trusted, unbiased information to the public and empower Canadians to take control of their digestive health with confidence and optimism.


For further information please contact:

Catherine Mulvale, Executive Director at Director@CDHF.ca or 416.886.6777.

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