In Memory: Robin Humphreys 1937-2020

We are very saddened to announce the passing of Robin Humphreys on March 18, 2020. Robin was professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children from 1996 until his retirement in 2003. He was a titan of pediatric neurosurgery and held the positions of president of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (1992-93) and the International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (1993-94) during the prime of his career. Following his retirement, he was a board member of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation and carried on his work for his beloved SickKids for an additional five years. The AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery honored him in 2007 with the Franc D. Ingraham Distinguished Service Award.

Robin was a skilled surgeon, an astute clinician, a great teacher and a beloved mentor and friend to many. He was a superb public speaker and a disciplined administrator. He was a model of professionalism in our specialty. He warmly welcomed many visitors and trainees to SickKids and he and his wife, Judith, often generously extended that welcome to their home in Toronto. Many of us will remember the grace and skill he had to introduce speakers and to pay tributes to others, always seeing people in the best possible light. He imparted to many trainees an infectious enthusiasm for neurosurgery and inspired everyone to be a little better in all aspects of being a surgeon. Many of us close to him in neurosurgery, particularly his many residents and fellows, will remember what a dedicated teacher he was, displaying deep knowledge and offering up organized approaches to the many challenging problems in our discipline.

Robin loved to laugh, and he and Judith made you feel special when you were in their company. Robin lost his beloved Judith in January 2020, so they were not apart for long, as it was meant to be. Robin and Judith lived with the compassion and dignity to which we all can aspire. Robin adored his family and he will be deeply missed by his children Cameron and Jane, their spouses and his five grandchildren, as well as many friends. Robin will be missed, but his legacy is carried out by many in their daily work across the globe, and he will be fondly remembered.

Peter Dirks, MD ꟾ James Drake, MD, FAANS, MSc ꟾ James Rutka, MD, PhD, FAANS ꟾ Abhaya Kulkarni, MD, FAANS ꟾ Michael Taylor, MD, PhD ꟾ George Ibrahim, MD ꟾ FAANS ꟾ Doug Cochrane, MD, FAANS(L)