Dr. Alfred Ernest Northwood was born July 14, 1873 in Chatham, Ontario, the third of 8 children born to John Northwood and the former Mary Smyth. His siblings were Harry, Edgar, Bertha, Hattie, Mary, Sidney and Dorothy. His father was a miller.
Dr. Northwood was educated in Chatham and graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1895. He achieved honors in every subject. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Northwood joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 29th of May, 1895. After graduation he practiced medicine in Florence (Lambton County), Ontario until 1899. In 1895 a fire destroyed Dr. Northwoods office as well as a number of other businesses on the Main Street. Dr. Northwood re-established his practice in Florence after the fire. He was listed in Florence, in the 1897 Farmers and Business Directory for Elgin, Essex, Kent and Lambton County. Around 1899-1900 he moved to Wagon Mound, New Mexico and he practiced medicine there for 20 years.
On May 22nd, 1901, he married Monica Hinde in Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Mrs. Northwood was born in 1877 in England. She had two sisters; Beatrice and Gertrude. In 1915, Dr. and Mrs. Northwood moved back to Chatham and they resided in the family home where he was raised at 11 Victoria Avenue.
After the death of Dr. Thomas McRitchie in 1932, Dr. Northwood was appointed as the Medical Officer of Health for Chatham. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Northwood listed his office location as 11 Victoria Ave., the same address as his residence. Dr. Northwood was especially concerned with the less fortunate. Dr. Northwood was a life member of the Kent Club and a 32nd degree Mason. He was also a Canadian Club member and he worshiped at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Dr. Northwood died in his sleep at his residence on December 10th, 1943 after suffering a heart attack. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham, Ontario. He was survived by his wife, Monica, his three brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Northwood died on September 15th, 1965 and she was buried next to her husband.
* Dr. Thomas McRitchie also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.