PLUNKETT FOUNDATION HISTORY
Plunkett Foundation was established in November of 1997 by Steven
Plunkett of London, Ontario as a legacy to his parents, Dr. Earl Plunkett
and Corinne Plunkett.
Plunkett was an internationally respected physician, fertility authority
and teacher. Born in Hamilton on April 12, 1922, Dr. Plunkett received
his medical training at The University of Western Ontario, the Simpson
Maternity Pavilion in Edinburgh and was a McLaughlin Fellow under
one of the pioneers in endocrinology, Professor Hamblen at Duke University.
Chief of Gynecology at London's University Hospital, this gifted physician
and teacher developed the foremost in vitro fertilization centre in
Canada. Following his retirement from UWO in 1986, he was appointed
Chief of Gynecology and Research at Toronto General Hospital.
Dr. Plunkett served as Chairman and Director of the Canadian Committee
on Fertility Research, was a member of the Advisory Committee to the
Minister of Health, was President of the Canadian Fertility Society
and the Canadian Association of Professors. He was a Fellow of the
American Gynecological Society, a consultant to the Ontario Cancer
Treatment and Research Foundation and a member of the Board of the
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Plunkett was one of a select group of international experts, brought
together to approve the new concept of endocrine suppression of ovulation
by a hormone found in a plant. This led to the development of the
first birth control pill. At UWO he worked with renowned neurosurgeon
Dr. Charles Drake, researching the surgical and endocrine control
of hormonally active cancers such as in the breast and prostate. Their
work together helped produce major breakthroughs in the field of endocrinology.
Plunkett passed away on January 12, 1997. He will be remembered by
his patients, fellow physicians, students and researchers for the
excellence of his clinical care, his ground-breaking research, his
love of teaching and as the founder of the first major research unit
in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of
The Plunkett Foundation assists others who continue the legacy of
excellence so exemplified by Dr. Earl Plunkett. The Foundation awards
grants to support medical initiatives.
Dr. Earl Plunkett