I have the honour to present Robert Beamish, B.A., M.D., B.Sc.(Med.), D.Sc., F.R.C.P. (Can., Edin., Lond.), F.A.C.P.. F.A.C.C., F.C.C.P.
Robert Beamish was born in Shoal Lake, Manitoba and graduated from McConnell High School in 1933. He entered Brandon College, then affiliated with McMaster University, graduating B.A. in 1937. He entered the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba in 1937 graduating M.D. in 1942. Following residency training at the Children's and Winnipeg General Hospitals, he served for two years with the R.C.A.M.C. In 1947 he became a Nuffield Dominion Travelling Fellow in Great Britain. After a period as registrar in the National Heart Hospital, he obtained his memberships in the Royal College of Physicians in London and Edinburgh, followed by his qualifying for the F.R.C.P. of Canada in 1950. On his return to Winnipeg, Dr. Beamish joined the Manitoba Clinic as a physician and cardiologist working mainly as a consultant in cardiology until 1970. That year he became Medical Director and later Vice-President, Underwriting and Medical, of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, a post he held until 1981 when he was appointed Consultant to the Company. Since 1942, except for military service and post-graduate training, Dr. Beamish has had a part-time appointment with the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine from Demonstrator to Full Professor. His teaching has included lectures in physiology and medicine, clinical teaching for both undergraduate and graduate students and a career leadership role in heart research.
Dr. Beamish has had a very impressive scientific medical background while carrying a heavy clinical load. His publications of scientific papers, medical articles and books, has been extensive and comprehensive with his proudest achievement being Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. As well as his service to the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Beamish has served the University on the Board of Governors and its Executive Committee, the "Friends of the Library", of which he became the first President, the Alumni Association and is a member of the Governor's Council. His major interest in Cardiology has brought him local, national and international stature. He is a founding member of the Manitoba Heart Foundation and served as President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society from 1968-70. In the field of organized medicine, Dr. Beamish has been President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, the Manitoba Medical Association and on the Board of the Canadian Medical Association.
Dr. Beamish is also a concerned citizen. He has served as National President of the United Nations Association in Canada and a long time member of the boards of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the United Way of Winnipeg, the Social Planning Council, the Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation and the Brandon University Foundation. A major involvement has been his work with the Club of Rome which satisfies his long term interest in the field of Philosophy.
Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Robert Beamish, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba