In Memoriam: Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus




Dear Colleagues,

We are very saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Stuart Fine, Professor Emeritus, on December 26, 2020.

Dr. Fine joined the UBC Department of Psychiatry in 1971, where he would serve as a valued member of our academic faculty for the next thirty-two years.  He was a highly respected psychiatrist and researcher who specialized in the areas of adolescent group therapy, ADHD in children, child psychopharmacology, health delivery and patient compliance. Prior to his retirement in 2003, was also a beloved teacher who was actively engaged in both our undergraduate and postgraduate programs, particularly in small group teaching and problem based learning. His significant contributions to teaching were recognized by the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which presented him the Excellence in Education Award in 2012.  Additionally, Dr. Fine provided dedicated leadership to the Department’s Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, serving as the Division Head for 16 years from 1976 to 1992.

Dr. Fine was born in South Africa, completing his medical degree and psychiatry residency at the University of Cape Town before going on to pursue further child and adolescent psychiatry training at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England.  Prior to joining our faculty at UBC, Dr. Fine completed a Teaching and Research Fellowship at Harvard and at Massachusetts General Hospital, and following this, held an appointment as a Lecturer at McMaster University.

We join his countless former students and colleagues in celebrating Dr. Fine’s life and many achievements.  At the same time, we wish send our deepest sympathies to his loving wife, Rosalie, and to the rest of the Fine family.



Dr. Lakshmi N. Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), MBA (Exec)
Professor and Head, UBC Department of Psychiatry
Director, Institute of Mental Health, UBC
Regional Head and Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
President, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry