Surgeon Rear-Admiral Charles Joseph Knight: A Life of Service and Leadership
Surgeon Rear-Admiral Charles Joseph Knight CMM CD KHP (September 11, 1931 – September 1, 2023) was a Canadian admiral and medical professional who made significant contributions to the Canadian military and healthcare system.
Born in Dawn Township, Lambton, Ontario, on September 11, 1931, Charles Joseph Knight pursued his education at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1953 and completed his Medical Degree in 1957. Furthering his studies, he pursued post-graduate education at the University of Pennsylvania between 1966 and 1968.
In 1950, while still an undergraduate student, Knight joined the military, starting with the Armoured Corps. He transitioned to the Medical Corps in 1956 during his medical studies. His service began on Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Naden in 1957. Over the years, he held various positions and contributed significantly to military healthcare and aviation medicine.
During his career, Knight held vital roles, including postings to HMCS Shearwater and the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Toronto, where he worked with the diving team. He also served as Commanding Surgeon at Air Defence Headquarters and later with Air Command Winnipeg, among other postings.
In 1985, Knight became Deputy Surgeon General and later assumed the position of Surgeon General in 1988. He served in this capacity until his retirement from the military in 1990, leaving a lasting impact on military medical services.
On September 1, 2023, at the age of 91, Surgeon Rear-Admiral Charles Joseph Knight passed away, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service, leadership, and a profound contribution to the healthcare system and the Canadian military. His commitment to both medicine and the armed forces significantly benefited the nation and its people.