Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Dr. Richard E. Walker

Dr. Walker, who did the post mortem on Louie Bee in 1890, became Grand Master for the Province of BC (1899-1900). Donald Waite provided the photograph from that period.
From the British Columbia Medical Association Archives comes the following biography.
Dr. Richard E. Walker was born in Orillia, Ontario on December 26, 1864. He studied at Trinity College, Port Hope, Ontario, prior to attending Trinity Medical College in Toronto, from which he graduated in 1888. After two years of post-graduate work at the Universities of Edinburgh and London, he received an LRCP&S from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons at Edinburgh. He arrived in New Westminster in 1890 and entered private practice, initially in partnership with Dr. C.J. Fagan. Dr. Walker was elected twice as president of the BCMA, in 1901 and 1922. He was a member of the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, serving as president of that body in 1903, 1907, and in 1911. He also served on BC's first Board of Health and was representative for BC on the Medical Council of the Dominion of Canada, being elected president of that body in 1920. Dr. Walker served as a director for several companies in BC, was a member of the Senate of the University of British Columbia, and was a prominent Mason, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. He died in New Westminster on August 27, 1923.
On 28 December 1893 Richard Eden Walker married Helen Mathilde Homer.

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