Dr. Ken is Fara Heim’s first Life Member. Dr. Thorlakson went to university to study Medicine at the University of Manitoba in 1943. He has Viking blood in him as he interrupted his studies to join the Royal Canadian Navy with subsequent North Atlantic convoy duty during World War II. Graduation in 1949 was followed one year later by postgraduate surgical training in Britain where he obtained a fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons. Joining the Winnipeg Clinic in 1956, he began a practice in General Surgery at Winnipeg General Hospital (now the Health Sciences Centre) and later at Victoria General Hospital. He was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He was installed as a Knight of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon by the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, in Winnipeg on August 2, 2000, during the President’s State visit to Canada.
Fara Heim greatly appreciates Dr. Ken’s involvement with Fara Heim.