Memories & Condolences

Karen Elaine Magee Pape

Karen passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 2, 2018. Daughter of the late Brian and Elaine Magee. Mother of Sarah, Aaron (Lisa Richardson), and loving Nana to Daniela and Jack. Much-loved sister of Brian (Susan) Magee, Ivan Magee and the late Judy (Normand) Baril. Beloved former spouse of Paul Pape. Proud aunt of Brendan, Diana & Charles. Karen was a pillar of strength for her family with an enormous heart.

A graduate of Havergal College, McGill University and the University of Toronto Medical School, Karen was a neonatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Director of the Neonatal Follow - Up Program and the President of the Medical Staff. Widely published, she was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultra sound brain scanning now used in intensive care units around the world. After leaving HSC, Karen became a pioneer in the field of neuroplasticity in children with early brain and nerve injuries. She was a tireless advocate for a revolution in the treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Karen captured this work in her recently published book, The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk.

She was a rebel with a cause who took no prisoners nor suffered fools. Karen took the road less travelled by and that made all the difference to thousands of her patients and their families. To the end, Karen was still thinking of ways to advocate for improving the treatments available for children with early brain and nerve injuries. She did not go gentle into that good night. In the weeks before her death, Karen endowed a foundation to provide funds to continue her work in this field.

Her family would like to thank Wing Lam and Pia Stampe for their support.
There will be a celebration of Karen’s life on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at The Rosedale Golf Club from 4 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to Karen’s foundation.

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Susan Hastings
I only connected directly with Karen in the last 2 years, due to my work with children using functional electrical stimulation, or FES, (I think Pia Stampe connected us), but have been familiar with her work for a long time. Her caring and desire to advance the care of children with CP was evident, as she contacted me on Linked In, and wanted meet me for dinner at the 2017 AACPDM Conference, where she was presenting, and discuss my approach to using FES. One of my regrets in life was that I was unable to meet with her in person; however, we did share long emails about her book and my approach to treatment, as well as her own thoughts on electrical stimulation. Karen offered to send her book to me, but I had already purchased and read it when it first was published, and I was so inspired by her life. She was so knowledgeable, and so open to hearing others' ideas! After that, she generously offered to share my course offerings on her website. Truly a giant in the field of CP treatment, her care and commitment will be missed by the therapists" and families' lives that she touched.