MILNE, Dr. J. Ken - Peacefully with family by his side at Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, John Kenneth Milne of London in his 80th year. He will be lovingly remembered by: Signy (Paulson) his best friend and beloved wife of 55 years; children Kelly Milne (Mataya, Rhiannon, Aiden); Dr. W. Ken Milne and Barb Lubell (Ethan, Sage, Zoe); Kim and John Peter (Jadyn, Jaxon); John and Julianne Milne (Ryelin, Bennett, Jessica); and Scott Milne; as well as his brother Ron and his children R.J. and Rayna. He will also be missed by the extended Milne, Paulson and Roessler families and his many dear friends and colleagues around the world.
Along with his love of family, he enjoyed jazz music, single malt scotch, aged cheddar, hot peppers, and Szechuan food. He was an accomplished musician and woodworker and enjoyed the peace of working in the orchard.
Ken completed medical school at UWO and obtained his fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology. He devoted his life to women’s health and safety through 29 years of clinical practice and subsequently the development of award-winning patient safety and quality assurance programs. His passion was to drive transformational change in health care.
“Leaders drive values, values drive behaviours, behaviours drive performance.”
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Sunday, November 25 from 2-5 pm at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to London Health Sciences Foundation - Perinatal Program would be appreciated.
Dr. Ken Milne, MD, FRCSC, FSOGC, FACOG
Ken Milne completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and obtained his fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology from The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. He practiced for 29 years in London, Ontario. During this time he held the position of the Chief of the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at St. Joseph's Health Care and the London Health Sciences Centre. He also served as Chair of the University of Western Ontario's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, where he is now Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Milne was a member of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Board of Examiners in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for 10 years and three of those as Chief Examiner. He served for nine years as Associate Executive Vice President of The Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is a past President of the Society. He has chaired the Ontario Medical Association Committee on Reproductive Care and the Ontario Provincial Ministry of Health Committee to develop a quality assurance program for caesarean births for the province.
Following retirement from medical practice, Dr. Milne founded Salus Global Corporation, a company devoted to creating ‘cultures of safety’ within the health care field. Salus is now a leader in the delivery of patient safety performance solutions. Dr. Milne was the CEO and visionary leader from 2007 through 2012.
Dr. Milne developed the ground-breaking MOREOB Program (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently). The MOREOB Program has been implemented in over 300 maternity hospitals in Canada and growing throughout the United States. The program has resulted in a significant reduction of adverse events as well as, a measurable reduction in insurance costs and claims.
In 2012 Dr. Milne received The Governor General of Canada Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his extraordinary contributions to women’s health and improving safer patient care.
Dr. Milne continues to drive transformational change in health care for improved quality and safety. These activities include his work as CEO and Founder of KENEIR - Strengthening Organizational Health; Co-Founder of Interventional Learning, senior Executive Advisor for Salus Global Corp; founding Board member of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandies University; and as a visiting scholar Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.
November 21, 2018, 7:48 pm
Signy and family,
Thinking of you as you move through this difficult week. What a beautiful picture of Ken you have posted! I will see you on Sunday.
Bodo, Elisabeth & Rebecca Roessler
November 21, 2018, 9:06 pm
Our thoughts are with the entire Milne family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Our sympathy to you.
Julie & Steve Fisher
November 22, 2018, 1:01 am
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Ken. It is an honour to have known and worked with such a wonderful man. He has touched the lives of many! Sincere condolences.
November 22, 2018, 7:56 am
Signy and family. I am so very sorry for your loss. My daughter was one of the first babies Ken delivered. Ken was a wonderful doctor and a special friend.
November 22, 2018, 9:42 am
The world has lost a wonderful human being who has left a great legacy and touched many, many lives. I remember how much fun we had in 1992 in Vancouver with Boldfinger and especially the karaoke afterwards - Ken was a star in karaoke! Many storms were weathered at SOGC and Ken role modelled so well that leadership was about how you treat people and gain their trust. He had great wisdom and peopled listened to him because of his integrity, expertise, curiosity and because he was not afraid to show his vulnerability. He also loved to laugh - so important. His contributions through MOREOB, SOGC leadership and overall for the health of women and newborns have been hugely impactful.
To Signy and family, sincere condolences from Marc and myself. You have so many good memories from a life well lived and we hope these will help you through this difficult time.
Ian and Joyce Runnalls
November 22, 2018, 10:16 am
To Signy and her family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You are very fortunate to have a big family for support.
Susan Heit and Michael Vezina
November 22, 2018, 11:43 am
Ken was a person with exceptional vision. He took this vision to the next level and created a process that is providing thousands of mothers and infants with safer care in numerous countries. He will be greatly missed not only personally but professionally as well. Love.
November 22, 2018, 6:38 pm
Signy and family
Thinking of you at this difficult time. Ken was a remarkable man as a husband, father, grandfather and physician - he made a real difference to to so many lives. Sending healing thoughts and comforting hugs
Ron & Sandy Posno
November 23, 2018, 10:04 am
Ken was a wonderful father, husband, physician. He will be remembered by many for his thoughtfulness and kindness. We are pleased to have shared a little of our lives with both Signy and Ken.
Amy Rossworm and Luis Bumbala
November 23, 2018, 12:54 pm
Heart-felt sympathy to Signy and all the family on losing your Titan.
What an accomplished man- we had no idea of all his othe great talents, etc.
I will treasure the wonderful conversations we had on those great bike rides to Gulfport, the Pier, Snell Island, etc.
Sincerest wishes to all the family-
Amy and Luis
Judy and Chuck Kerr
November 23, 2018, 2:02 pm
Our sincere and loving condolences to you, Signy, and your great family. Ken was, indeed, an accomplished and fruitful human being...the type that should live forever. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. We would love to provide you with comfort, as you did for Judy during her rough years. Please let us know what we can do to help you through.
In our thoughts and prayers, Ken and Signy.
In friendship and sorrow,
Judy and Chuck Kerr
November 23, 2018, 6:26 pm
Signy so sorry to hear of kens passing he was just a wonderful man,my thoughts
November 23, 2018, 6:32 pm
Signy sorry to hear of kens passing, he was such a wonderful man, he will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time sincerely jane galloway
November 23, 2018, 6:49 pm
I deeply feel the sadness and loss of our family member. My thoughts and prayers to dear Signy, the children, grandchildren, Rayna, Ron, and R.J. May our good Lord comfort you, strengthen you each day of your grief and loss.
November 23, 2018, 9:32 pm
Kim, JP and family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. I hope you find comfort in the many many memories you have with him. It sounds like he was instrumental in influencing womens health care - an amazing legacy and gift to all the lives he touched. Hugs to you and your family during this time.
Derek, Cindy, Nicole and Brandon
Roy & Pauline Phillips
November 23, 2018, 10:04 pm
Our condolences to all the Milne family. Ken was one of our lumber customers. It was a pleasure to have done business with him. The projects that he made for his family will be a keepsake forever.
Roy & Pauline Phillips
Bev Henderson and Don Luton
November 24, 2018, 1:47 pm
Dear Signy and family. Please accept our sincere condolences on Ken’s passing. He was a fine man and will be greatly missed by so many. Your neighbours, Bev Henderson and Don Luton - # 803
November 24, 2018, 2:13 pm
Ken will be missed terribly. His smile was infectious. His sense of fun was always there. My memories of Ken go back to childhood. As cousins we spent many summers at the family cottages. I think I was like a sister to he and Ron. They always treated me with respect. And love. We had so much fun from bonfires on the beach along with corn roasts, swimming, boating and water skiing.
As long as I can remember Ken wanted to be a doctor. He accomplished that and more. Yes he will be missed.
Signy my beautiful cousin, how good it was when you joined the family. My heart aches with you and your family and my love goes out to you all.
But memories go on forever. He will always be with you. May God keep you in His loving arms.
Love from David and I.
Irving and Laura Augustine
November 24, 2018, 6:59 pm
We loved Ken as a fellow church member, a great friend, and sojourner in life as we met at our Tuesdays at Riverdale meetings, asking how we can be men of humility, integrity and honour. Ken certainly was!
Also we are so very thankful for his service and leadership with the London Crisis Pregnancy Centre. His kindness, generous spirit, wisdom and insight made a constant contribution and motivation.
He is already sorely missed. Laura and Irv.
November 24, 2018, 8:32 pm
Dear Signy and Family,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ken. I remember him not only as a friend but as a great teacher and mentor. His patience with me when I was a resident helped me so much in my career. I will always be grateful.
May his memory be a blessing to you Signy, and all your family.
Bill & Gisela Arnold
November 25, 2018, 3:27 pm
Signy and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Ken was a wonderful person, and we will always remember the fun times we shared while he was in Florida. We will miss him!
Bill and Gisela Arnold
Dave & Donna Frank
November 25, 2018, 3:48 pm
Signy & family, we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. Hold on to your precious memories and we hope you find comfort in the love and support of your friends & family at this difficult time.
Debbie and Ken Sutton
November 25, 2018, 6:46 pm
Our sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Milne. He was so caring and supportive through my pregnancy difficulties, my stay in antenatal and the delivery of our little miracle baby. Four years later, we were blessed with a second child also delivered by Dr. Milne. His professionalism and kindness will not be forgotten. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
November 25, 2018, 9:10 pm
Signe & Family
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of one great, unique gentleman.
My heart goes out to all.
November 25, 2018, 11:18 pm
Dear Signy & Family,
My condolences on the loss of your beloved Ken.
May all the wonderful memories that you have comfort you at this sad time.
Big hugs to you my dear friend x
November 27, 2018, 9:47 am
Signy and family ~ my sincerest condolences and prayers to all of you. I only met Ken once at The Rogers Cup but I know from many heartfelt conversations with you, that you and Ken shared a wonderful life filled with love, laughter and strength of a close family. My thoughts are with you ~ Hugs ~ Jane xo
November 27, 2018, 11:12 am
My thoughts and condolences are with the family in these moments.
Joe & Cathy Marino
January 1, 2003, 12:05 am
Joe and l would like to send our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
It was our pleasure to have known Ken, he was truly a wonderful man. He will be missed here at the Bayou.
Joe and Cathy