In Celebration of

James Mount

March 17, 1932 -  August 30, 2018

MOUNT, Henry Telford James 1932 - 2018. Born to Maude Adelaide Henry Mount and Dr. Harry Telford Roy Mount, in Rochester, Minnesota, Jim died peacefully in his Ottawa home on August 30, 2018. Predeceased by his parents, his first wife Betty Mae (Swerdfager) and his sister Alice Knewstubb, he is survived by his brother Balfour, by his loving wife Ursula (Fischer) and his children Heather (Frank Bastianelli), Howard (Dorien Ruijs), David, Tamara (Bradford Holcombe) and Matthew. He was blessed with much-adored grandchildren Paul (Maia Lawson), Mark (Meaghan Robbins), Sara, Daniel, Vivienne, Julia, Darwin, Nicholas, Huxley, Andrew, William and great-grandchildren Peter, John and Evelyn.

Jim grew up in Ottawa, attending Glebe Collegiate and Carleton University. He graduated from medical school at Queen’s University in 1957. He subsequently pursued ophthalmology training at McGill and subspecialty training in neuro-ophthalmology, under Dr. David Cogan at the Howe Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School. Returning to Ottawa in 1964, Jim began a career at the Ottawa Civic and Ottawa General Hospitals as Ottawa’s first neuro-ophthalmologist, with a faculty appointment at the University of Ottawa Medical School. He developed national prominence as a master diagnostician and was a highly respected mentor to generations of ophthalmology residents. He was a pioneer in the emerging field of electroretinography, with a particular clinical interest in retinal degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa. He championed the Ottawa-Hull Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and developed deep ties with many families and patients across Ontario and Western Quebec. He also performed research in expert systems design, with collaborators at the National Research Council and served on the federal advisory Scientific and Technological Council of Canada.

Jim had many varied interests, including windsurfing, a life-long passion for wilderness canoeing, an inclination to find the beauty around him, and a quest to clarify the meaning of life. He lived a life infused with classical music, love of the arts, and openness to new experience and exploration. His unique, often surprising insights, his embrace of challenges, and his selfless interest in other people will be deeply missed by so many he touched. So long, Chief!

Friends and family are invited to gather Sunday September 9th, 2018, at Beechwood Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Services, 280 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa, ON, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM for visitation followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM, and reception from 12:00 – 3:00P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Foundation Fighting Blindness ( would be welcome.


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Patricia Brennan (Colleague of Dr. David Mount)

Entered September 2, 2018 from Massachusetts

My deepest sympathy to all of his beloved family, friends, colleagues and patients.
I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I know how admired and loved he was from his son David’s stories. May he Rest In Peace.

Helen Rentner Smith (Friend)

Entered September 3, 2018 from Mississauga, ont

I went to Glebe with Jim. Betty Swerdfager and I were close friends and went to Queens together. condolences to all.

John Emery (Classmate)

Entered September 4, 2018 from 1321 Heaven Hill Rd Sonoma ,California 95476

I have many fond memories of Jim during our years together at Queens.I remember hin as a very caring gentle soul that got along with everyone
My condolences to his wife and their extended family and many friends who I know will greatly miss his loving nature

Darlene Drew. (Former Patient.)

Entered September 5, 2018 from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I would like to express my Deepest Condolences to Dr. Mount's Family on
his Passing. As a Former Patient, with a Lazy Eye, I was always treated
with respect and Kindness by Dr. Mount. We also joked around a bit.
I'll be thinking of you often. Darlene Drew. Ottawa, ON.

Patrick and Valerie Wilson (Friend and Colleague of Matthew Mount)

Entered September 7, 2018 from Whitby, ON.

Valerie and I are saddened by this news. Even though I did not know this amazing Man, I see the wonderful likeness of Your Father in you Matthew. He gave so much back to Medicine and we will all benefit from his research for years to come. We pray for you and your family in this time of need. All the best to you and your family. Your Father was truly an astonishing Gentleman. I know he will be greatly missed by All.


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