KC Profiles Volume

Frederick "Buddy" McIntosh

by Winston Stewart
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Dr. Frederick "Buddy" McIntosh is being recognized once again for his contributions to Kingston College and the wider community.

For his dedication, generosity and care in providing medical services to the Jamaica and Toronto communities, as well as being an immovable pillar of support for Kingston College via the Toronto Chapter, KCOBA (Atlanta) is both privileged and grateful to have Dr. Frederick "Buddy" McIntosh as a Guest of Honour at its 9th Annual Reunion & Awards Banquet.

The Early Years
Dr. Frederick "Buddy" McIntosh was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 4th February 1937. He entered Kingston College in 1948 where he came under the influence of the legendary principal and founder of KC, the late Bishop Percival William Gibson. Buddy duly graduated from KC in 1955 and immediately found employment at the North Street Pathological Laboratory. The three years he spent there were instrumental in consummating his love of the medical profession.

Medical Sojourn
It was no surprise, therefore, when Buddy enrolled at the University College of the West Indies (UCWI) on 4th October 1958 to pursue a degree in medicine. While still a medical student, he received a citation from University Principal Sir Phillip Sherlock, for meritorious actions while accompanying Sir John Golding on a medical mission to Haiti, after it was devastated by the Hurricane Flora in October 1963. Two years later, he achieved his career objective when he graduated from the medical faculty on 30th April 1965.  

He interned at Kingston Public Hospital from May 1965 to December 1966. Subsequently, he worked at the Kingston Public Hospital, the English–speaking Caribbean's largest medical unit, and the UWI Hospital until Sept.1968. The records show that his services were of the highest quality and were delivered with a genuine care for his fellowman.

Buddy did postgraduate studies in Otolaryngology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery at University of Toronto from 30th Oct., 1968 to 1972.  He obtained the prestigious Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) (FRCS(C) and, the American Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology in the USA, both in November 1973. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Opthalmology and Otolaryngology in 1976.   

Foundation of the Toronto
He is one of the two founding charter members of the Toronto Chapter of the Kingston College Old Boys Association (KCOBA), which was established on 9th December 1973.  Buddy was instrumental in shaping its modus operandi and in short order became an important pillar of support for the school in Jamaica.

He served the association's executive in many capacities, including that of president, and has never backed away from an opportunity to advance the cause for his alma mater over the past 37 years. He was honoured by his peers in 2004, when he was made a Life Member of the Executive, a clear manifestation of the high esteem in which he is held.

International Community
Buddy has received many awards from several organizations for community service in Toronto and Jamaica.   He was VP of the Caribbean Chapter of the Canadian Diabetic Association, from its inception in 1992 to 2004.  

He has also served as VP of the Daphne DaCosta Memorial Foundation from 1987 to 2000.   This Foundation delivers healthcare in Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is also instrumental in helping with the prevention of breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer, by encouraging mammograms and pap smears in women, and PSA testing in men. The Foundation has also donated mammography machines and a mobile medical van for immunization and vaccination purposes.  

Dr. McIntosh has been a Consultant Otolaryngologist at the Humber Memorial Hospital, now known as the Humber River Regional Hospital, since March 1974. During this time, his contribution has been described as invaluable.

The Executive Committee of the African Canadian Achievement Awards (ACAA) selected Buddy to receive the prestigious Excellence in Medicine Award for his outstanding achievements in, and contribution to, the field, and to the community at large. The presentation of this award was made at a gala affair held in Toronto on 23rd May 2009.

He is no stranger to hurricanes and voluntarily flew to Jamaica, from Toronto armed with medicines, antibiotics, vaccines and other needed medical supplies, four days after Hurricane Gilbert wreaked havoc on the island on 12th August, 1988.

For his contribution to medicine and community services in Jamaica and Toronto, he was invested with the Order of Distinction (OD) by the Jamaican government in October 1995. Buddy's final hope and desire is to do some ENT consulting work in Jamaica during his retirement years with his son, who is a physician at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

One of Buddy's open secrets is his love of music, no doubt influenced during his formative years by K.C.'s second principal, the late Douglas Wrexham Eric Forrest.   He received an award in 1997 from the Heritage Singers at their 20th Anniversary gala for his service as a voice consultant to the group and again at their 30th Anniversary in 2007, for involvement with the group.   

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