Thomas Peter Seland

Thomas Peter Seland


November 21, 1941 – March 29, 2013


Physician, husband, father, chef, and music lover.

Peter Seland, beloved

husband of Michèle Mantle, father to Karen (Jim), Nicola, Scott (Denise), and Mark

(Lara) and grandfather to

Desirae and Alex, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2013 in Kelowna, B.C. Peter

was born and raised in

Drumheller, AB, to parents Norma and Trygve. After

finishing school at 16, he

enrolled at the University

of Alberta taking two years of pre-med classes before

entering medicine. After completing his medical

degree in 1964 and internship in 1965, Peter served

three years in the Royal Canadian Navy based in Comox, BC as a Surgeon Lieutenant. He returned to the U of A

to pursue his interest in the function of the brain

through a Neurology Residency.  

In 1973 he moved the family to Calgary where he served

as the Director of the Division of Neurology at the Calgary General Hospital. As a faculty member of the Uof C, he was one of the key founding fathers of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. He served as the President of the College

of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta between 1984 and 1986 and later as Chair of the College’s Advisory Committee on Professional Education. In this same period, he acted

as Chair of the Neurology Examination Board of the Royal

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Throughout his career in Neurology he pursued a specific

interest in Multiple Sclerosis. Peter was the Director of the University of Calgary Multiple Sclerosis Research Clinic

and following a move to Kelowna in 1992, set-up a new

MS Clinic, caring for patients from across south central

British Columbia.  While in Kelowna, Peter also had a

busy community-based Neurology practice and served

various administrative roles at the Kelowna General

Hospital. Always considerate and caring, he was

respected by patients, physicians, and academics alike. Over the years, his experiences and observations

led him to an understanding of, and passion for, the area

of medical ethics. In 1999, he joined the College of

Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia as Deputy Registrar (Ethics). Over the past decade, Peter made

numerous presentations and speeches on various

aspects of medical ethics.  

Peter was truly a man of many interests and talents.

 In his earlier years, he was a Boy Scout leader with a love

of canoeing and photography. He was an avid lover of

classical music and literature. Peter also enjoyed the

splendor of flowers, mountains and physical geography. 

He was a masterful “home chef”. Peter and Michèle

shared a common love for their dogs. Weakened in his

last several weeks by lymphoma, he kept his sense of

humour and wonderment and accepted his condition

with courage and grace. 

A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at

Summerhill Winery on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. 

If desired, friends are encouraged to donate to the

Multiple Sclerosis Society.


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