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The Telegram surely must feel so embarrassed after a recent edition of the paper in which you reported the passing of Dr. A. Maxwell House.

The short article of his accomplishments and services appeared in three short paragraphs at the top of page two.

Dr. House was a most intelligent, kind, giving man in so many ways.

Not only was he a past lieutenant-governor who, with his wife Mary, during their five years at Government House, opened up the institution and through their actions, had an impact on the lives of many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

He was the province’s first neurologist, he helped establish the world-class medical school at MUN, was the founding director of Medicor, and he provided health and education services to many isolated communities in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

He founded the telemedicine centre at Memorial University, and was the world leader in that field; his research has been presented in more than 35 countries. Max House gave so much of himself in time and energy not only to this province, but around the world.

Dr. House should have been remembered on the front page of The Telegram as one of our best known, highly accomplished and respected leaders in the fields of health, education and community service.

Margot Reid

St. John’s

Organizations: Government House, MUN, Medicor Max House The Telegram

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Nabob
    November 01, 2013 - 17:55

    No mention of coffee whatsoever.

  • Greg
    November 01, 2013 - 09:49

    I agree wholeheartedly. Max House's charitable works too set him apart from many. Local media chose to give more coverage to a local downtown character who was clearly suffering from mental illness for decades. Media and some people noted her salty language directed at complete strangers and children as if that kind of behavior should be acceptable when it is not. Max House helped many, many people; she did not. Yet, local media and people who never encountered the disturbed soul in the streets crowed her praise, perhaps out of guilt for not doing something about her situation while failing to recognize a giving and talented man.

  • Herb Morrison
    November 01, 2013 - 06:46

    Dr. Maxwell House was, indeed a distinguished person. His many accomplishments, within his chosen field, were recognized publicly when he was appointed Lt. Governor. I am confident that someone possessing his ability and character did not make the positive contributions to the betterment of people's lives; that he made during his lifetime, so that he could make the front page of The Telegram, or be the subject of the top story on a televised newscast. Dr. House obviously chose to dedicate his life to doing things, in his chosen field, that would contribute to the well-being of others. Obviously, he was not interested in achievinng some sort of celebrity status.