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Noland M. Canter

December 1, 1922 - December 23, 2010

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Dr. Noland Mackenzie Canter Jr., died peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2010, surrounded by his family. Dr. Canter, the eldest son of Dr. Noland M. Canter and Mary Virginia Yancey Canter, was born December 1, 1922, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C, and grew up in Harrisonburg. He graduated in 1940 from Harrisonburg High School, and in 1945 from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. In 1947, he completed his medical training at Medical College of Virginia, now part of Virginia Commonwealth University, and then began his radiology residency there.

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Dr. Noland Mackenzie Canter Jr., died peacefully on Thursday, December 23, 2010, surrounded by his family. Dr. Canter, the eldest son of Dr. Noland M. Canter and Mary Virginia Yancey Canter, was born December 1, 1922, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C, and grew up in Harrisonburg. He graduated in 1940 from Harrisonburg High School, and in 1945 from Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. In 1947, he completed his medical training at Medical College of Virginia, now part of Virginia Commonwealth University, and then began his radiology residency there.

In the early months of the Korean conflict, Dr. Canter was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and began active duty on August 1, 1949. Captain Canter was assigned to Fort Lee in Virginia before being dispatched to Korea. He was stationed at the 805th Evacuation Hospital at Pusan where he served for eleven months.

After military service, he completed his radiology residency at MCV and in June 1952 returned to Harrisonburg to practice radiology with his father at Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) and in their private practice. Dr. Canter was a Fellow of the American College of Radiology, a member of the American Medical Association, Medical Society of Virginia, Radiological Society of North America, Mid-Shenandoah Radiology Society and the American College of Radiology. He served twice as president of the Virginia Radiological Society.

He had numerous leadership positions over the years at RMH. He was instrumental in beginning the training program there for radiological technicians and in expanding RMH's cancer treatment program, including the start-up of its tumor board. He was active in the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Canter was an Eagle Scout and for many years was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club as well as many other community and civic organizations. He grew up in Asbury United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees and boards. He later joined First Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained an Elder. He was on the board of directors of Fort Harrison, Dayton, and president of the local chapter of Sons of the American Revolution. He was a direct lineal descendant of John Lewis, the founder of Staunton, originally named Fort Lewis.

Dr. Canter served several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of Randolph-Macon College and was honored with the designation Trustee Emeritus.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 63 years, Eleanor Folk Canter, and their children: Noland Mackenzie Canter III and wife, Rhoda W. Canter; Jane Canter Francis and husband, David S. Francis; Ann Canter Nickels and husband, the Rev. William W. Nickels III.

Grandchildren: Mary W. Canter, Eleanor B. Canter, Spencer M. Francis, Lee K. Francis, W. Laird Nickels, and Neale C. Nickels.

One great grandchild: Lane Margaret Francis.

Brothers: Harry Yancey Canter and Dr. Hall Gibbons Canter.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 27, at 2:30 p.m. at Meredith Chapel, Sunnyside Retirement Community, following a private graveside service at Woodbine Cemetery, Harrisonburg. The Rev. William W. Nickels and the Rev. Paul O'Gorek will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA, 22801; the RMH Foundation for the Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Dr., Harrisonburg, VA, 22801; or the Harrisonburg chapter of the American Cancer Society, 1920 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, VA, 22801.

Arrangements are by Lindsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg and online condolences may be sent to the Canter family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.