Yesterday was the 94th birthday of Joan Hollobon, who some among you may remember as the Globe and Mail‘s medical reporter from the early 1960s until her retirement in 1985.
Joan, whose career spanned the founding of Medicare to the early days of the AIDS pandemic, was also a founder of the Canadian Science Writers Association, which awarded her its first lifetime achievement award in 2010.
I’m posting this late because I had lunch and spent the afternoon with her yesterday. She’s become quite frail, but remains interested in the health-care system and medical reporting. And she still doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
I am late to wish her a birthday with friends and besides, you, the loyalist of friends, have given her that. Should you speak to her on Valentine’s day, give her the love of this old friend and fan. And to you, also, old friend. May we all have chocolate!
Thanks, Eve. A birthday greeting to you is en route. And I will pass on your wishes to Joan.