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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Alexander Gillespie, M. D.


Thorough training well qualified Dr. Alexander Gillespie for the onerous duties and responsibilities that devolve upon members of the medical profession and he is now successfully practicing in Edmonton, his ability being widely recognized, particularly in the field of surgery, in which he specializes. Dr. Gillespie is a native of Ontario, his birth having occurred on the 5th of February, 1854. There his boyhood and youth were spent on a farm with the usual experiences of the farm bred boy and at the regular age he entered the country schools, completing the work of various grades until he became a high school pupil. When his course there was completed he reviewed the broad field of business with the purpose to select a life work and in 1880 he entered the Trinity Medical College, in which he pursued the regular four years' course, being graduated with honors as a member of the class of 1884. He then left for Edinburgh, Scotland, where he took postgraduate work, receiving the degree of L. R. C. P. Later he settled at Manilla, Ontario, where he practiced successfully for eleven years, and in 1895 he removed to Lindsay, there residing for eleven years, or until 1906, and then came to Edmonton, and has here since followed his profession, with the exception of a period of one year which he again spent in Scotland, taking postgraduate work. He has given the major part of his time and attention to surgical practice since taking UI) his abode in Edmonton and is recognized as one of the most skillful and eminent surgeons in this part of the Dominion. He is a constant student of his profession, keeping in touch with the onward trend of thought and investigation, and his methods are thoroughly modern and scientific in every particular. He belongs to both the Alberta and the Canadian Medical Associations.

On the 6th of October, 1885, Dr. Gillespie was married to Miss Sarah Campbell and they have become the parents of three children: Allister Campbell; William Fulton, who is a physician now doing postgraduate work in Toronto; and Annie, the wife of C. I. Grierson, who is in the employ of the Imperial Oil Company of Toronto.

Fraternally Dr. Gillespie is connected with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a most loyal follower of the teachings and high purposes of these organizations. He also belongs to the Presbyterian church. In politics he maintains an independent attitude, nor has he ever been an aspirant for public office, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his professional duties and in that field, through merit and ability, he has risen to distinction.


 


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