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David Edward Rodger was born on September 10, 1910 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. He attended Cumberland County Academy in Amherst and studied medicine at Dalhousie University (1928-1930) and McGill University (1930-1935). After obtaining his medical degree from McGill University in 1935, Rodger completed his postgraduate medical education at Montreal General Hospital (1935-1937) and in London, England (1937-1938).
During World War II, Rodger served with the British Royal Army Medical Corps as an internal medicine specialist. Around 1948, he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, where he worked as a physician and held various appointments and positions as a specialist in internal medicine, including Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Arts Clinic (1948-1968); Head of the Department of Medicine, Regina General Hospital (1955-1970); and medical advisor to the Saskatchewan Department of Welfare and Rehabilitation. Around 1991, Rodger retired to Victoria, British Columbia, where he currently (2010) continues to reside.
Rodger is a Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (1938); a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) (1946); a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (1953) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) (1971). He was awarded an honourary life membership in the Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society in 1973. In 2006, the Dr. David Rodger Scholarship was established at the University of Saskatchewan in honour of Rodger's 45-year career as a physician in Saskatchewan.
During his residence in Regina, Rodger was active in the community and pursued his interests in golf, fishing, hunting and outdoor writing through memberships in various organizations, including the Canadian Seniors Golf Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Association.
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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Dr. David E. Rodger, formerly of Regina, Saskatchewan. The fonds includes a photocopy of the diary Rodger kept while on a voyage to London, England via New Zealand as ship's surgeon on the S.S. Port Darwin and Port Gisborne (1937-1938) and articles, addresses, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating mainly to medical care and Saskatchewan's Medicare Crisis in 1962.
No series assignment has been applied to the records in this fonds. The headings assigned to the records in 1978 are as follows: Addresses by Dr. D.E. Rodger; Articles and Pamphlets; Biography; Correspondence; Diary; Government Documents; Newsclippings; Newsletters; and Prockter, Archdeacon Basil.