Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
T. Forrester MacDonald, D.D.S.
Holding to high standards
of the dental profession and utilizing the most advanced and scientific
methods in his practice, Dr. T Forrester Macdonald has gained for
himself a most creditable and enviable position at Medicine hat, as a
representative of dentistry, to which he has devoted his entire
attention for twenty-two years. He was born in Londonderry, Nova Scotia,
October 11, 1880, and pursued his education in the schools of that town
and in Truro. He attended high school in Halifax, and subsequently was a
student in the University of Dalhousie. He afterward received his
diploma from the Maritime Business College and worked with his father
for a few years, thus receiving practical business training. In 1901 he
entered the University of Pennsylvania as a dental student, there
pursuing the regular course until graduated with the D. D. S. degree in
1905, and he passed the Pennsylvania State Board examinations shortly
The same year Dr.
Macdonald located for practice in Truro, where he remained for nine
years, or until 1914, being a member of the town council and president
of the Athletic Association. He then came to Medicine Hat, where he
opened an office and through the intervening period has continued in the
practice of his profession. He has done considerable work in orthodontia
and in the treatment of pyorrhoea, in which he has met with the same
success as in operative and prosthetic dentistry, of which he has made a
special study. His practice is steadily growing in volume and
importance. He holds a Dominion Dental Council certificate and is
registered in British Columbia.
In 1909 Dr. Macdonald was
married to Miss Lelia Vance, who was born in Mass Town, Nova Scotia, a
daughter of Captain L. Vance, who was a deep sea captain for many years.
Dr. and Mrs. Macdonald have two children: Vance and Alexandra, both of
whom are in school. Dr. and Mrs. Macdonald are members of the
Presbyterian church, in which he is serving as a trustee and in the work
of which they take active and helpful part. He is also a Mason, equally
loyal to the teachings of the craft. He has always been interested in
athletics and manly sports, and played football while in Dalhousie,
represented different towns on their lacrosse teams, and was also a
member of the water polo team of the Pennsylvania University. He ranked
high as a football player while in college and he and his twin brother,
J. Campbell Macdonald, made an excellent record for Dalhousie College.
It is characteristic of him that he accomplishes what he undertakes and
moves steadily forward to his objective, whether in the line of sports
or in the more serious and onerous duties of his profession. While he
has remained in Medicine Hat for but a brief period he has already
become well established in practice and is recognized as one of the able
dentists of this part of the province.
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