Dr. Chris Kilduff was born and raised on a farm in Ireland and graduated from the National University medical school in Dublin. While training in England he met his future wife Pauline. Together they arrived in Saskatoon on St. Patrick’s Day, 1955 where he had been recruited by Dr. Gordon Wyant to join the Department of Anaesthesia at the new Royal University Hospital.
During his lengthy medical career, Dr. Kilduff served in many capacities including head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the Royal University Hospital from 1977 to 1984, and 12 years with the Department of Anaesthesia at Saskatoon City Hospital where he also served as Chief of Staff from 1965 to 1977. He was a member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons for 20 years and served as Chairman of the Hospitals Credentials Committee from 1968 to 1981. Throughout his career, Dr. Kilduff took considerable pleasure working with many people from both the medical and non-medical community until his passing in 1991.
Chris and Pauline Kilduff raised their eight children in Saskatoon and the Kilduff Family Endowment is their family’s tribute to their parents and the quality of life they’ve enjoyed in our city. Specifically, his children wanted to memorialize their father’s medical service to Saskatoon by supporting research and training within the Royal University Hospital Department of Anaesthesia. They have done so by establishing an endowment fund at Saskatoon Community Foundation. “We like the ‘forever’ aspect of an endowment fund in memory of our father, and Saskatoon Community Foundation is the correct vehicle for this,” says Kieron Kilduff, financial advisor at Nesbitt Burns. As well, the Kilduff Family Endowment allows the children and grandchildren of Dr. Kilduff to both honour his work and contribute to an organization that benefits everyone in the community.
The family would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is interested in supporting research and training within the Royal University Hospital Department of Anaesthesia to consider contributing to this fund.