Dr. Cam Coady

Dr. Campbell Joseph (“Cam”) Coady was a much loved and respected leader whose wisdom, common sense, great sense of humor, and vision has touched the lives of many throughout the world even to this day.

Cam was born in Vancouver and educated at Vancouver College and the University of British Columbia before receiving his medical degree from McGill University in 1949. Following internship at St. Paul’s hospital, he spent several months in general practice in Vancouver, then went on to do his residency in pathology and served as a teaching fellow in pathology at the University of British Columbia in 1954/55. He was the first British Columbian pathologist to obtain his fellowship in the College of Physicians and Surgeons by written examination. In 1958, he became the director of laboratories for Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, a position he held for over 27 years.

Cam had a vision – to provide the highest quality health service to patients and physicians in as close proximity as practically possible to the patient’s home, no matter where they lived. By working cooperatively with others, Cam was able to consolidate the laboratory services of 15 separate hospitals creating the Fraser Valley Regional Laboratory Service. He also founded BC Biomedical Laboratories, which he guided from a single small office laboratory to a major, fully automated facility serving over one million patients annually in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

Cam took a keen interest in the activities of professional, hospital, medical and technical organizations and served on many committees and advisory bodies, including: BC College of Physicians and Surgeons; BC Association of Laboratory Physicians; Pacific Northwest Society of Pathologists; MD Management; and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1987, Cam was awarded the BCMA Silver Service Medal. The citation paid tribute to Cam’s
achievements including his very significant role as first Chair of the BCMA Negotiating Committee.

Cam always had time to help those in distress and understood the deepest needs of everyone – the need to live by faith rather than fear; the need to live by hope rather than despair, and most of all the need to live with love, patience and compassion. Sadly, he passed away on May 27, 1988 but his legacy of tremendous love for medicine and service to others lives on through the Foundation.