Dr. J. Fraser Mustard
© Irma Coucill and the CMHF
© Irma Coucill and the CMHF

Born: October 16, 1927, Toronto, Ontario
Died:  November 16, 2011, Toronto Ontario
Education: M.D. - University of Toronto, 1953; Ph.D - Cambridge University, 1956
Category: Applied Medical Research / Builder

Upon returning from graduate study in Cambridge, Dr. Mustard became a Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He and the team he led carried out groundbreaking research on the role of platelets in the coagulation of blood, and the means by which this process could be controlled. At the pinnacle of his research career, he joined John Evans in 1966 as a founding member of the McMaster University Faculty of Medicine, and became its first Chairman of the Department of Pathology, later serving as Dean of Medicine and Vice-President (Health Sciences). The revolutionary educational philosophy of the new school coincided with Dr. Mustard’s own learning philosophy that we go to school to learn how to continue to learn all through our professional lives. With the new Faculty running smoothly, he embarked in 1982 on his third career, the establishment of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). This Institute is a research network which studies complex problems in the sciences and social sciences and involves researchers working in many countries. Dr. Mustard has been the recipient of fifteen Honorary Degrees and in 1986 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He became a Companion of the Order in 1994.