Dr. Alexander Charles Henderson was born July 29th, 1909 in Thornbury, England. His parents were McAlpine Cameron Henderson and the former Kate Thompson. He had an older sister named Catherine and a younger brother named Cameron and his father was a contractor. In 1911, Dr. Henderson’s family immigrated to Canada. He was educated at Bedford Park Public School and North Toronto Collegiate Institute.
Dr. Henderson furthered his education at the Toronto Bible College. Dr. Henderson attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated M.D. and L.M.C.C. in 1940. Dr. Henderson interned at Grey Nun’s Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan from 1940-1941. It was during this time that Dr. Henderson, met his future bride, Muriel “Blanche” Glen. She was born in Saskchewan in 1914, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Glen. Her parents were farmers and she had 2 older brothers; Douglas and Reginald.
After completing his internship, Dr. Henderson practiced locum tenens in Saskatchewan. He married Muriel on January 3rd, 1942 and shortly thereafter they travelled to Muie, Angola as part of the South African General Mission. Their first child, Kathleen Muriel was born in Muie, Angola. Their son, Glen Cameron was born in Rusitu, Southern Rhodesia and their third child, Norman Grant was born in Winnipeg. In all, Dr. Henderson and his family served many terms in Africa at various times throughout his career.
In 1953, Dr. Henderson, was Assistant Resident in Surgery at Sick Kid’s Hospital in Toronto. After completing his residency in 1954, Dr. Henderson joined Dr. William Frederick Glen’s practice in Chatham, Ontario. Dr. Glen was Mrs. Henderson’s uncle. Dr. Henderson, branched out on his own in 1957 until 1964. While in Chatham, Dr. Henderson was a member of the KentCounty Medical Society and he served as President in 1963. He was a member of the Chatham Baptist Church. He taught Sunday School and he was a Deacon in the church. He was the “Camp Doctor” at the Ontario Pioneer Camp in Muskoka during the summers of 1956 through1959.
His hobbies included home repairs and car mechanics.
In 1964 he served as a Missionary in a medical capacity in Zambia until June of 1966.
Dr. Henderson died in 1999. Mrs. Henderson died in 2008. They are buried at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto.
*Dr. William Frederick Glen is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.