Dr. Maxwell Mordecai Cantor was born in Winnipeg on April 1, 1903. He obtained his B.Sc. degree from the University of Manitoba in 1924, and his M.D. in 1929. He pursued post-graduate studies at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto, at the Pratt institute in Boston and at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Cantor taught at the University of Alberta. He held the position of Chief Coroner of Alberta for nearly thirty years, and served as Chief Coroner of the Yukon and Northwest Territories as well. Dr. Cantor received the Red Cross Gold Medal in 1941, the Centennial Medal in 1967, and a Government of Alberta achievement award for forensic medicine in 1972. He was a charter member of the Beth Shalom Synagogue and of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. He married Edith Rose Secter of Winnipeg in 1936. Edith was long known as a patron of the arts in Edmonton. Max passed away in 1981, Edith in 2001. Their daughter Sharon Abbott is a graphic artist, and their son Paul is the Executive director of the Toronto International Leadership Centre for Financial Sector Supervision.