No one has done more for the sport of rowing at the UWO than Phil “Doc” Fitz-James. Fitz–James, a microbiologist and biochemist, was the leading proponent arguing for the official recognition of rowing as an intercollegiate sport at Western. In 1957, his hard work paid off and Fitz-James was made head coach, a position he held for over thirty years until his retirement in 1992. Admired and respected by his students, Fitz-James was named the Canadian Coach of the Year in 1980 by the Canadian Association of Amateur Oarsmen. On October 11, 2006, Dr. Philip Fitz-James passed away, leaving behind a rowing legacy which will not soon be forgotten.