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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
William J. MacKenzie, M.D.

A veteran of the Great war and a representative physician and surgeon of the province of Alberta is Dr. William J. MacKenzie of Red Deer. He was born in Warwick, Ontario, on the 1st of June, 1886, a son of Robert and Sarah (Thomas) MacKenzie, the former a native of the highlands of Scotland, and the latter of Canada, of Welsh parentage. The marriage of Robert MacKenzie to Sarah Thomas was celebrated in Ontario, where they are residing at the present time. For many years the father followed contracting and he is now retired from active business life, enjoying well- merited rest. To Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie five children were born, two of whom are living in Alberta: William J. of this review; and Norman, who is conducting a drug store at Medicine Hat. Mr. and Mrs. MacKenzie are consistent members of the Presbyterian church and highly esteemed citizens of the community in which they reside. The father is a stanch supporter of the Liberal party.

In the acquirement of his education William J. MacKenzie attended the public schools of his birthplace and was graduated from high school at Watford. Subsequently he enrolled in the medical department of the University of Toronto, and was graduated from that institution in 1911, with the M. D. degree. He immediately came to Red Deer and started to practice in association with Dr. Parsons, extended mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work. That association has since been maintained, except for the time spent by both doctors in serving their country overseas in the Great war. In August, 1915, Dr. MacKenzie entered the Medical Corps of the Canadian army and was soon sent to London as senior medical officer, lie was in charge of the medical division in Shoreham, England, and was then in France with the Eighth Field Ambulance and Forty-third Battalion. He was with the "Kilties" for three years. In November, 1919, he received his honorable discharge and returned home after an absence of five years. He resumed his practice and devotes his entire time and attention to his professional duties. Dr. MacKenzie has taken postgraduate work in New York and London. Although his practice is for the most part general, he leans toward surgery, and a successful future in that branch of the profession seems assured him.

In June, 1921, Dr. MacKenzie was married to Miss Estell Foy, a native of Toronto, where she was reared to young womanhood. In politics Dr. MacKenzie follows an independent course. his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church, and fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to the lodge and the chapter.


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