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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
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 afterward.

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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