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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
Gilbert M. Atkin, M. D.


A prominent physician and surgeon of Banff is Dr. Gilbert M. Atkin, who was born in Perth county, Ontario, on the 11th of July, 1877, a son of John and Janet (Drummond) Atkin, the former a native of England and the latter of Scotland. The father was born in 1835 and came to Canada with his parents, who located at Toronto when it was called Muddy York. Upon attaining man's estate he followed agricultural pursuits, successfully operating a farm in Queen's Bush, Perth county, for many years. His death occurred in March, 1919, at the age of eighty-four years. Mrs. Atkin is making her home at Milverton.

In the acquirement of his education Gilbert M. Atkin attended the public schools of Milverton and the high schools at Newcastle and Stratford, Ontario, after which he taught school from 1897 to 1899 at Brocksden. In 1898 he determined to take up the study of medicine and enrolled in the medical department of the University of Toronto, graduating from that institution with the class of 1902. From that year until 1905 he was an interne and took postgraduate work in the Brooklyn Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. In 1905 he came to the province of Alberta and located at Calgary, where he practiced three or four months before locating in Banff, in which city he has since resided. He brought to the profession thorough training and innate ability and has built up an extensive and important patronage in Banff, ranking among the foremost Physicians and surgeons in the province. Dr. Atkin is a veteran of the World war, having in 1916 enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and received a captain's commission. He served overseas one and one-half years and received his honorable discharge in the fall of 1918.

In October 1911, Dr. Atkin was married to Miss Eva Maude Henning, and they have the following children Ethel Evelyn, born in September of the year 1912; Janet Drummond, born in 1914; and Gladys McIntosh, born in October, 1915. Mrs. Atkin is a woman of culture and refinement and she is prominent in the club and social circles of Banff.

In his political views Dr. Atkin is a Liberal and lie is a firm believer in the principles of that party as factors in good government. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. Fraternally he is a Mason, a Knight Templar and a Shriner, and he is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Along strictly professional lines he holds membership in the Alberta Medical and Dominion Medical Associations, and he also belongs to the Great War Veterans and the Banff Golf Club.


 


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