Dr. Jonathan L. Meakins OC, MD, D.Sc.
Dr. Jonathan Meakins recalls his regular visits to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) as a youth, where his appreciation of prints began – particularly after seeing Goya’s Disasters of War exhibition. This experience would be the foundation of a lifelong passion of collecting.
Dr. Meakins’ relationship with the MMFA would come full-circle, as years later, he would become a trustee and a member of their Acquisition Committee.
Appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, Dr. Jonathan Meakins’ medical career served him well. He’s worn many hats: Head of Surgery (McGill University Health Centre), Chair of Surgery (both at McGill University and University of Oxford), Nuffield Professor of Surgery (University of Oxford), and Professorial Fellow (Balliol College).
Dr. Meakins is presently a member of the Prints and Drawings Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, recently appointed to the Acquisitions Committee - International Art Before 1945 and Ancient Art at the MMFA, as well as the Director of the Art and Heritage Centre of the McGill University Health Centre.
When he’s not working on his education – as an M.A. student in Fine Arts at Concordia University – he enjoys playing tennis, golf and duplicate bridge.
Dr. Jacqueline Cox McClaran B.Sc., MD, B.Th.
Dr. Jacqueline Cox McClaran has had a distinguished career in medicine. As the founder and first Director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, Dr. McClaran also served as Director of Geriatric Medicine (Montreal General Hospital), Board Member (Canadian Council for Health Service Accreditation), Associate Medical Director (University of Oxford affiliated hospitals), Director of Faculty Development and Assistant Director of Clinical Studies (Oxford Medical School), and Lecturer in Medicine (Balliol College Oxford).
Outside of her career, Dr. McClaran’s interest in art – first sparked by Albrecht Dürer’s wood engravings in the Nuremberg Museum in the 60s – became a passion, which she shares with her husband, Dr. Meakins. To this day, they’ve acquired and built their very own collection of prints, many of which are displayed in their home. Dr. McClaran is the archivist of their collection.
Into her retirement, Dr. McClaran recently completed her Degree in Theology. She keeps busy with community service, church activities, golf, and she plays violin in her string quartet - which over the past year evolved into solo performances on Zoom.