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Strachan HArtley in NOrth Vancouver, 2006

Dr. Strachan Hartley, 1976 – 2007

Dr. Strachan Hartley was a young, athletic and brilliant man with dreams of making a difference in the world. Then, in the prime of his life, he was diagnosed with cancer.
Canadian University football all star, captain of the UBC Thunderbirds Vanier Cup Championship football team, captain of the McGill Redmen football team, 5-time academic All-Canadian, recipient of the Russ Jackson Award for the top community, academic and athletic achiever in Quebec and twice received the Canadian Interuniversity Sports Top 8 Award. Hartley’s accomplishments are impressive enough to compel McGill University to name an annual trophy to the top academic and athletic leader in his honour, but that only scratches the surface.

In November of 2005, only seven months before graduating from medical school Hartley was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. He was advised by his doctors that once starting treatment continuing with his academic schedule would be too much for the 29 year old to handle.
For Hartley it wasn’t. He graduated from medical school in 2006 finishing in the top 15% in his class. Unfortunately, despite displaying strength and courage that is rare in the world, on July 5th, 2007 Strachan Hartley lost his battle with cancer.

In a world full of opportunities, Strachan’s goal was always clear – do something special, make a difference in the world. His whole life was built around achieving that single goal. While his outstanding achievements are a true testament to hard-work and strength of character, it is the humility and compassion with which he lived his life that are his most amazing accomplishments of all, and the very ones that will ensure his legacy does not fade despite his absence.


Video: Remembering Strachan Hartley

This 7-minute memorial video was produced by The Score for the Canadian Interuniversity Sports 2007 All-Canadian Banquet. Strachan's family, friends, teammates and coaches share their fond memories of this remarkable young man.