CHESLEY, ARTHUR, M.D.C.M., L.M.C.C., FRCSC, D.Sc. - Dr. Arthur Evans Chesley, passed away on October 25, 2011 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. He was born in Saint John on November 3, 1931 to the late Dr. Arthur S. Chesley and Beatrice (Reid) Chesley. Dr. Chesley served as a urologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital for many years. Arthur is survived by his beloved wife, Doris of 55 years, his daughters Heather (Peter) Fisher, Julia (Christopher) Hardt, son Brian, and his grandchildren, Erica, Georgia, Jeremy, Joshua, Emily and Evan. Dr. Chesley obtained his M.D.C.M. from Dalhousie University in 1955. His postgraduate work included an internship in surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital and a urology and pathology internship at the Montreal General Hospital. While at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Dr. Chesley met Doris, a student nurse at the time. He proposed marriage to her and acquired a lifetime partner in his practice and endeavours. Dr. Chesley became a Royal College Fellow (FRCSC) in urology in 1960. Prior to retirement he was Professor of Urology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Chesley was a true “man of science”, dedicating the better part of his medical career to research and invention in addition to his practice. As a researcher Dr. Chesley was a pioneer in the development of a prostate cancer awareness program in Canada in 1981. In 1982 he received a grant from the N.B. Terry Fox Fund and subsequent grants were obtained to continue the development of the program. When the Fund was closed in 1989 he established Prostate Cancer Detection Inc., a charitable organization, to continue supporting prostate cancer research activities in Saint John. At this time he also became involved with the American Cancer Society as co-chairman of the National Prostate Cancer Detection Project and initiated a prostate cancer support group in Saint John. In addition to his research, Dr. Chesley was the first to introduce numerous medical techniques and inventions to the Maritime Provinces. His inventions included a special needle guide for prostatic biopsies which allowed urologists not having access to ultrasound equipment to perform accurate prostate biopsies. In recognition of the many contributions to the community and medical profession, Dr. Chesley was presented with the Group of Five Gluskap Award (1989), the Commemorative Medal marking the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada (1992), the New Brunswick Medical Society Order of Merit (1995), and the American Cancer Society’s National Prostate Cancer Detection Program Award (1996). In 1998 Dr. Chesley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from UNBSJ. Dr. Chesley was devoted to his native city and province and the Chesley Family Endowment at Dalhousie University is his legacy to Saint John. It will provide funding in perpetuity for Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick for faculty research grants, student entrance bursaries and a research chair in Occupational Medicine. Arthur’s other interests included photography, research in photochemistry and equipment design. His family has many happy memories of time spent together whether it was camping, skiing, fishing or spending time at Mistake Lake. He was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, and a man dedicated to the betterment of the health and well-being of his patients.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (506) 634-7424. In keeping with Arthur’s wishes there will be no formal visitation. A private family service will be held. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. Online condolences may be placed at www.brenansfh.com.