In Memoriam


Dr. Patrick (Ralph) Crawford
1928 – July 13, 2020

The Museum of Health Care wishes to acknowledge the passing of Dr. Patrick (Ralph) Crawford, who passed away on July 13, 2020 at the age of 92 in the Delta Hospital, Delta, BC.

Ralph and his wife, Olga, were very active supporters and members of the Museum of Health Care, perhaps most notably facilitating a donation of  over 2,500 dentistry-related objects (as well as funds to process and conserve them) to the Museum, creating the Dr. Ralph and Mrs. Olga Crawford Dental Collection, which has since been made available free to view online (here).

Ralph was active in dental association affairs, serving as President of both the Manitoba and Canadian Dental associations. He is the only dentist in Canada to be recognized with Honorary Memberships in both organizations, and was a fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Society, the Academy of Dentistry International, and the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Ralph was an invaluable resource in many dental exhibits done by the Museum of Health Care, known as the go-to historian for dental history by several Curators in their work and named as a Museum Curator Emeritus in recognition. His text, "The Canadian Dental Association 1902-2002 - A Century of Service", a series of articles outlining the CDA's first 100 years, was also used.

In recognition of his work, Ralph was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada  in 2019 for his long-lasting achievements as a clinician, educator, and historian in the field of dentistry. 

The Museum of Health Care will remember Dr. Crawford for his help in countless projects, a near-endless source of information on the history of dentistry in Canada and ultimately a terrific supporter of our orginization. Our condolences and sympathies go out to the Crawford family.

(Dr. Crawford's full obituary in the Vancouver Sun can be found here.)


Alan McNabb Grant
May 24, 1940 – November 11, 2019

The Museum of Health Care acknowledges with profound sadness, the sudden passing of Alan Grant at the age of 79.

Alan was a steadfast friend and proud advocate for the Museum, serving as Board Member for more than a decade (2001 to 2013), with nine of those years (2004 to 2013) as the Museum’s President & Board Chair.

He was also involved with many other organizations within the Greater Kingston community, serving as Chairman of APEO (Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario), as Board Chair of Kingston General Hospital, Executive Director and President of Hospice Kingston, Chairman of the Marine Museum of Kingston, President of the Kingston Symphony Association, President of the Gallery Association (Agnes Etherington Arts Centre) and founding member of Orchestra Kingston, which began as chamber music in his home.

An avid athlete, he was a lifelong sailor – on board his yacht Peregrine – while also enjoying swimming, cycling, and speed skating.

Loving husband to Janis Cameron Grant (nee Blue), he was the proud father of Gillian and Jennifer Grant and attentive grandfather to Sierra, Alexis and Océanne.

The Museum of Health Care remembers Alan fondly with gratitude for his many years of loyal service and dedicated leadership. His presence in our midst will be truly missed.