Alexander Graham 
Location served:
Chatham, Ridgetown  
Years in Practice:
1960 to 2000
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. Alexander Graham was born on the 17th of May, 1931, the second of two children born to George Sharp Graham and the former Elizabeth Greer Thompson. He attended school at Vale of Leven Academy in Scotland. After he became a physiotherapist, he emigrated to Canada in 1953 and worked with children who had cerebral palsy with the Ontario Society for Crippled Children. He was sent to Kenora, Ontario in the fall of 1953 to treat polio victims. The following year, Dr. Graham began his medical studies at the University of Western Ontario. He became a member of the Medical School Honor Society and he was awarded the Hippocratic Society Gold Key for his four years of service on the Hippocratic Council.   Dr. Graham was also the Class President.

Dr. Graham interned for 1 year at Montreal General Hospital.  He assisted Dr. Harold Orr in Ridgetown for 6 months, before doing post-graduate studies in Obstetrics at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. (Dr. Harold Orr also appears on the Chatham Kent Physician Tribute website.

Dr. Graham returned to Kent County in 1960 and set up a practice, with Dr. Blake Barlow, Dr. Jim Jenkin, Dr. Thomas L. Walker and Dr. Austen MacDonald. This was the first group practice in Chatham and they all appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.

Dr. Graham married Joan Eleanor Playfair in 1958. Mrs. Graham was a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and they had 3 children, Keith, Robin and Bradley.

During his tenure in Kent County, Dr. Graham was Chief of Emergency Services at the Public General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chief of Family Practice and President of the Kent Medical Society.

Dr. Graham moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1978 and he continued to have a Family Medical Practice. Mrs. Joan Graham died in 1980.  Dr. Graham became the Medical Director of the Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program and 2 years later, he became affiliated with The Careunit Hospital of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.  He retired in 2000. He enjoyed playing  golf, tennis, skiing and dramatic arts.

In 2005, Dr. Graham was married to Janice Balfour of Cherokee, Oklahoma and they enjoyed travelling together.

Dr. Graham died on the 12th of February, 2016.  Dr. Graham was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.