Dr. Edward “Pardee” Bucke was born in June of 1875 in Ontario. He was the son of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke and the former Jessie Maria Gurd. Dr. Richard M. Bucke was a pioneer in psychology. His father wrote a number of books on the inner workings of the mind including “Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind”, “Man’s Moral Nature” and a biography of his friend, Walt Whitman. Dr. Edward Pardee Bucke had 6 siblings, including, Morris Andrew, Jessie Clara, William Augustus, Ina Matilda, Harold L. and Robert Walpole. Dr. Bucke was named after a good friend of his father, Timothy Blair Pardee. Mr. Pardee represented the riding of Lambton County in the Legislative Assembly from 1867 to 1874 and from 1875 to 1889.
Dr. Bucke’s father was the Medical Superintendent of the Hamilton Insane Asylum in 1876, around the time when Dr. Bucke was born. By 1877 Dr. Richard Bucke was transferred to the London (Ontario) Lunatic Asylum, as it was called then and the Bucke family lived on the grounds of the asylum. Dr. E. Pardee Bucke attended Upper Canada College from 1890-1895. Dr. Bucke graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1899. He was registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1900.
Dr. Bucke practiced in Kent County in the early 1900’s. Dr. Bucke’s name appears on death records in Camden Twp, Howard Twp, Chatham Twp, Thamesville and he was known to practice in Kent Bridge.
According to the 1911 census, Dr. Bucke resided at 207 Queens Ave., in London, Ontario. Dr. Bucke died in London on the 15th of February, 1913. He was buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London.
Dr. Bucke’s brother, Robert Walpole Bucke also became a physician but was not known to practice in Kent County.
*Photo courtesy of Dr. Edwin Seaborn fonds, AFC 20, Western University Archives.