Winchester District Memorial Hospital lauds “true pioneer” and “giant” at the institution, the late Dr. Duane Justus

Dr. Duane Justus (centre), with his sister Ardeth Hill (left) and his wife, Charlotte, at the official opening of The Justus Wing at WDMH in April 2009. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — The Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WMDH) family is extending its sympathies to the family of Dr. Duane Justus, 91, who died Feb. 23.

“Dr. Justus — along with his father Dr. Howard Justus — was a giant in the history of our hospital. He will long be remembered,” Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO said in a statement released by the hospital yesterday. “It is an understatement to say that WDMH would not be what it is today without the contributions of both of these leaders.”

Staff and physicians have spent time remembering and honouring Dr. Justus over the past several days. Long-time colleague Dr. Suru Chande remembered how Dr. Justus used to help organize get-togethers with fellow physicians. He would make the reservation under ‘Winchester Hospital Doctors’.

“The maître d’ almost always greeted him as Dr. Winchester,” remembers Dr. Chande. “How appropriate, looking back!”

Both Dr. Howard Justus and Dr. Duane Justus are memorialized in the Justus Wing on the second floor of the hospital.

The elder Dr. Justus, who presided over thousands of births at WDMH and died at the age of 101 in 2002, donated $1-million to the hospital’s Renewing the Vision Campaign before his death and bequested an additional $100,000 after he had passed on. His surgeon son also spent a long and distinguished career at the same hospital, from some of its earliest days. Dr. Duane Justus  and other members of the extended Justus family proudly attended the dedication of the Justus Wing in May 2009.


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