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Francis Lothian McNaughton was born in Westmount, Quebec, in 1906. He was educated at McGill University where he received a B.A. in 1927, a M.D.,C.M. from the Faculty of Medicine in 1931, winning the Holmes Medal for outstanding achievement, and a M.Sc. in 1941. Between 1933 and 1934, Dr. McNaughton undertook his postgraduate training in London, England (Guy’s Hospital, Maida Vale, and Queen Square). He then carried out research at the Montreal Neurological Institute (1935-1938).
Dr. McNaughton taught at McGill University (lecturer of neurology, 1940-1944, assistant professor of neurology, 1945-1951, associate professor of neurology, 1952-1958, professor of neurology, 1959-1973, professor emeritus of neurology, 1974-1986). In 1951, Dr. McNaughton was also a neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Royal Victoria Hospital. A year later he was appointed Neurologist-in-Chief, retaining this position until 1968. Dr. McNaughton died on Feb. 27, 1986.