It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Simon Weinberg on August 20, 2018 after suffering a severe stroke three weeks earlier. Simon graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto in 1959. He continued his oral surgery residency under Dr. Albert Antoni, then Chairman of Oral Surgery, University of Toronto. Dr. Antoni was one of a few Canadians accepted at Henry Ford Hospital and trained under Dr. Fred Henny. After completing his residency in 1963, he returned to the University of Toronto Dental Faculty as a Demonstrator in September 1964, and became appointed as an Assistant Professor in July 1975, promoted to Associate Professor in July 1978, and then to Full Professor in July 1986. Dr. Weinberg mentored many residents over the ensuing years until retiring as Professor Emeritus in July 2001. He was presented the University of Toronto Dental Faculty, Alumni Award of Distinction in 2004.
Dr. Weinberg became a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) in 1967. He was always at the forefront, generously contributing his time and expertise for the continuous growth of RCDC. Dr. Weinberg served as an Examiner (1968-2007), Examiner- in-Chief (1972-1985) and Councillor (1983-1989) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Vice-Chair, Examinations Committee (1968-1972). Dr. Weinberg’s contributions were instrumental during the early years of inception of the RCDC, and brought about many positive changes in the examination process.
Dr. Weinberg influenced and mentored many generations of residents. He will be remembered by his students for his eternally upbeat personality, his encyclopedic knowledge of maxillofacial surgery, and his rapid-fire questioning during the departmental oral exams! Dr. Weinberg was known nationally and internationally for his knowledge and surgical experience of the temporomandibular joint. He was invited to lecture on the topic around the world and loved the art and science of writing in the scientific literature. He authored many editorials, more than 100 articles and book chapters, and many of them with the residents in the program. Simon was a valued member of the Oral Health Editorial Advisory Board for over 40 years and we will miss him greatly.
Simon is survived by his loving wife Roselyn for 59 years, and lovingly remembered by his children, grandchildren and extended family. OH