Dr. Frederick Ord Topping was born on the 13th of December, 1911 at the Woodstock General Hospital in Woodstock, Ontario. He was the youngest of 3 children born to John Freeman Topping and the former Ethel May Standfield. (His maternal grandmother’s name was Ord.) At the time of his birth his family lived at 56 Wellington Street and his father’s occupation was listed as a salesman. His siblings were; John “Jack” and Ruth. By 1921, the Topping family resided at 302 First Street in Midland, Ontario and his father was an accountant.
Dr. Topping graduated from Midland High School prior to attending medical school at the University of Western Ontario. He graduated M.D. in 1937. After he interned, Dr. Topping set up his medical practice in Wheatley. In 1941, Dr. Edwin Malcolm McLean took over Dr. Toppings medical practice.
Dr. Topping enlisted in the Navy during WWII. After his service to his country, Dr. Topping practiced medicine in Essex County. In the 1960’s and the 1970’s Dr. Topping and his wife Eileen resided at 2431 Lincoln Road in the Windsor area.
Dr. Topping died in Windsor in May of 1983. He was survived by his children; Anne, Allison, Louise and John. He had retired from the practice of medicine, prior to his death.
*Dr. Edwin Malcolm McLean is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.