Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
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
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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