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


Dr. John A. Reid is recognized as one of the representative physicians in Calgary, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery and he enjoys an extensive and important patronage. He was born in Chesley, Ontario, in 1885, a son of Adam and Effie (Macmillan) Reid, the former a native of Ontario and the latter of Scotland. They were married in Ontario and are now living in Pinkerton. The father has followed agricultural pursuits all of his life and won success in that connection. His father, John Reid, came to Ontario in the early '50s from Belfast, Ireland. To Mr. and Mrs. Reid five children have been born: John A., whose name introduces this review; Angus, who is conducting a shoe business in Saskatoon; Ernest, who was a lieutenant in the Fifty-fourth Battalion and was killed in active service in the World war, on the 16th of September, 1916, when twenty-two years of age; Melville, who is teaching school and lives at home; and Alma, who is a nurse in the Grace Hospital. The family were reared in the faith of the Presbyterian church, and Mr. Reid is a member of the Canadian order of Foresters. In his political views lie is a Conservative and maintains an active interest in party affairs.

In the acquirement of his education John A. Reid attended the public schools of his birthplace and was graduated from the Paisley high school in 1902. His earliest ambition was to enter the medical profession and upon graduation from high school be taught for four years, thereby earning enough to defray the expenses of his medical education. In 1906 he enrolled in the Toronto College of Medicine and was graduated in 1911, with the M. D. degree. He immediately began active practice, locating north of Edmonton. In 1912 he came to Calgary and practiced his profession in association with Dr. Mackid. In 1915 Dr. Reid put all personal interests aside and enlisted for service in the World war. He became a captain in the Eighth Field Ambulance, Canadian Army Medical Corps, and went into active service in France in March, 1916. He served with that unit and with the Princess Pat Regiment and received his honorable discharge in May, 1919. He was in the employ of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Reestablishment for some three years and in June, 1922, he entered private practice in Calgary and is winning well-merited success. His ability as a physician and surgeon is effectively Proved by the results he has obtained and he has gained an enviable position among the leading representatives of the medical profession in Calgary and the district.

In 1913 Dr. Reid was married to Miss Barbara G. McCrea, who was born in Macleod, a daughter of Samuel McCrea. Her father was a member of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police for many years and is now retired. Mrs. Reid received her education in the public schools of Macleod and she is a woman of culture and refinement, and is prominent in the club and social circles of this city.

In his political views Dr. Reid is a Conservative although he has had little time for political affairs, he is actively interested in every movement for the benefit of the community and his cooperation in promoting any enterprise for the good of the people can always be counted upon. Fraternally he is a Scottish Rite Mason and is also affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Canadian Order of Foresters. Although Dr. Reid's preparation was thorough he keeps in close touch with the progress of medical science through the medium of the various journals and periodicals issued for the benefit of the profession and he has continued to advance. He is sincerely devoted to his work, holding to the highest ethics of the profession at all times, and he well merits the respect and esteem accorded him by his fellow practitioners and the community at large.


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