Leaving a legacy
Dr. Angus Neary was an accomplished surgeon and compassionate man who showed great care and interest in his patients. He believed in the importance of seeing patients as whole people and was known for nurturing the patient-practitioner relationship to offer personalized, collaborative care.
He died Dec. 28, 2014, leaving a legacy gift to the Faculty of Medicine, and a gift equal in value to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Neary’s gift to the medical school has funded three bursaries, two for undergraduate medical students and one for graduate students in genetics.
The Dr. Angus J. Neary Bursary Endowment Fund for undergraduate medical students is particularly valuable because it is renewable for three additional years (four in total) if bursary standing is maintained and the student continues full-time enrollment in the MD program.
This bursary will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine degree program who has graduated from a high school in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Dr. Angus J. Neary Surgery Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student based on excellence in the surgical rotations (core and selective) during the third and fourth years of the MD program.
To be eligible for this award, the student must have a confirmed surgery residency placement. The recipient must be in the fourth year of this program and meet the minimum academic requirements for a scholarship. The Dr. Angus J. Neary Genetics Scholarship will be awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement to a full-time graduate student studying genetics in either the M.Sc. or PhD degree program of the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Michele Neary, niece of Dr. Neary, noted that the reason for establishing a bursary was to offer support to students from Newfoundland and Labrador who may face financial barriers to achieving their dream of a medical education. “Uncle Angus felt that as long as someone has an interest, passion and aptitude for medicine, they should be supported to pursue that goal.”
With respect to the surgery scholarship, Dr. Neary was a very caring and dedicated general surgeon who worked with both adults and children. According to his family, he was very committed and passionate, constantly researching and reading in his field and going over and above to do his best for patients. The genetics scholarship for graduate students is related to Dr. Neary’s interest in tracing family diseases. “He did family trees back in the 1950s and 1960s, looking for connections,” said Michele. “He was ahead of his time.”