Dr. George Ralph Walker was born on October 21st, 1932 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham, Ontario. His parents were Dr. Ralph Hiram Walker and the former Ruby Esther Crosbie. Dr. Walker has an older brother named James. His younger brother Theodore died in infancy and a younger sister Margaret was stillborn. At the time of his birth, the Walker family resided in Thamesville, where Dr. Ralph Walker was practicing family medicine.
Dr. George Walker attended elementary and continuation school in Thamesville, before attending Ridgetown District High School. Dr. Walker went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, where he took his pre-medical courses and medical school. He graduated in 1958 and interned at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario from 1958-1959.
In 1959, Dr. Walker set up his medical office at 65 Victoria Ave. in Chatham. He stayed there until his retirement in 2011.
Dr. George Walker married Joyce Eleanor Glen at her family’s residence on Victoria Ave. in Chatham in 1956. Mrs. Walker was born in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan in 1935, the daughter of Dr. William Frederick Glen and the former Elvira Douglas Belch. Mrs. Walker had 5 sisters; June, Dorothy-Anne, Heather, Donna and Lynn. Her family moved to Chatham in 1946 where her father continued to practice medicine.
Mrs. Walker was a registered nurse, who assisted on occasion in her husband’s medical practice. Dr. and Mrs. Walker became the parents of 3 sons, David, Mark and Stephen and a daughter named Susan. For many years they enjoyed sailing and golfing.
In their retirement they enjoyed gardening and travelling. Mrs. Walker died on the 9th of August, 2015. She was buried at the Mayhew-Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Thamesville.
*His father Dr. Ralph Hiram Walker and his father-in-law Dr. William Frederick Glen also appear on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.