With profound sadness, the family of Dr. Debbi Andrews announce her unexpected death on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 66.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Debbi was the daughter of the late Basil and Julia Andrews. She is lovingly remembered by her devoted husband of 37 years, David Laughton; children: Donell (Ashley), Stephen (Mijung) and Sara (Chris); grandchildren, Sawyer and Tennyson; brothers: William (Laurie) and Thomas (Peggy); brothers- and sisters-in-law: Mary Frances, Brian, Muriel, Keith and Linda as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
An MD from the Harvard Medical School, Debbi came with her Canadian husband to Edmonton in 1987 as one of the first developmental pediatricians in Canada and the first in Northern Alberta. She devoted her career to alleviating the shortages that exist in medical resources available to support children with developmental and emotional-behavioral differences and their families. She provided leadership for the creation of innovative clinical programs based in Edmonton, and of new local and countrywide educational programs in developmental pediatrics at all stages of a physician’s career. Considered by her colleagues to be a superb clinician and medical educator, she was recognized in 2019 by the Canadian Pediatric Society with a Life Membership for “outstanding work in the areas of developmental disabilities and child mental health”.
A Funeral Service will take place at St. Peters Anglican Church, 11035 – 127 Street, Edmonton at 2pm on Saturday, June 4th, 2022.
The Funeral will be followed by a Celebration of Debbi’s life at which, amongst other things, people will have an opportunity to share memories in person or online.
All are also welcome to join Debbi’s family and friends in the church hall before the Funeral Service. The hall will be open at 1pm.
More information regarding the weekends events may be found at debbiandrews.ca
Memories of, or thoughts about, Debbi may be posted using instructions at the website debbiandrews.ca
Her family, friends and colleagues are in the process of establishing the Dr. Debbi Andrews Memorial Fund to support medical education in developmental pediatrics in Canada. For more information, please consult the website debbiandrews.ca