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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 2
John A. McPherson, M. D.


Dr. John A. McPherson, Physician and surgeon of South Edmonton, comes to this section of the Dominion from Ontario, his birth having occurred in Victoria district of that province on the 12th of February, 1878. His boyhood was passed on the home farm and he early learned the lessons of industry and perseverance as he assisted in the work of the fields and performed other tasks incident to the development and care of the homestead farm. At the usual age he entered the public schools and in time became a high school pupil. He next continued his studies in the Lindsay Collegiate high school and his thorough training well qualified him for the profession of teaching, to which he then turned his attention. He gave his time to pedagogic work for four years, but desirous of making advance in his own education, he entered the Toronto University and was graduated on the completion of a course in mechanical and electrical engineering with the class of 1906. Later he became, a medical student in Toronto University and there won his professional degree as one of the alumni of 1911. Subsequently he pursued postgraduate work in Edinburgh, Scotland, and in London, England, spending a year abroad in further study. His training was thus comprehensive and splendidly qualified him for the work of the profession, which he resumed upon his return to Canada. In November, 1912, he arrived in Edmonton, where he has since practiced and thoroughness and capability characterize all of his professional activities.

Dr. McPherson belongs to the Canadian Medical Association, also to the Alberta Medical Society and was the president of the Edmonton Academy of Medicine for the year 1917. His practice has steadily grown in volume and importance, yet he finds time for cooperation in public affairs, being never neglectful of the duties and obligations of citizenship. He was a member of the Edmonton school board, serving thereon from 1914 until 1920. He also belongs to the Masonic fraternity and in the practice of his profession finds ample opportunity to exemplify and inculcate the teachings and purposes of the craft.


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