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Bob McFarlane

For the Scottish footballer, see Bob McFarlane (footballer). For other people named Robert McFarlane, see Robert McFarlane (disambiguation).

Robert Malcolm McFarlane (May 28, 1927 – February 27, 2006) was a Canadian runner and football player who became a plastic surgeon specializing primarily in hand and upper limb surgery.

Born in London, Ontario, McFarlane attended the University of Western Ontario from 1946 to 1951 as a medical student. While at Western, McFarlane was awarded the John Davies Trophy as Canada's top track athlete of 1947, and he carried the flag for Canada at the 1948 Summer Olympics. At the same time, McFarlane led the Western Ontario Mustangs football team that won the Yates Cup in 1946, 1947, 1949, and 1950.

His most impressive year as an athlete was 1950, when he set five Canadian track records, defeated Olympic champions Mal Whitfield and Arthur Wint, and was the leading scorer among all Canadian university football teams. For those achievements, he was voted the Lou Marsh Trophy winner as Canada's top athlete of 1950 and the winner of the Norton Crowe Memorial Medal as Canada's top amateur athlete. He again received the John Davies Trophy as the country's top track athlete. McFarlane was named Western's athlete of the century in 1978, and was inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

After graduating in 1951, McFarlane went on to become a plastic surgeon and head of plastic surgery at Victoria Hospital in [2].

Awards
Preceded by
Cliff Lumsdon
Lou Marsh Trophy winner
1950
Succeeded by
Marlene Streit
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