Dr. Gordon McKay Soper was born in Alvinston, Ontario on the 1st of May, 1907. He was the only child of Donald Soper and the former Edith “Jessie” Bea McKay. Dr. Soper was educated at the London Public School and London Central Collegiate. He graduated with his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1931 and his M.D. in 1933. While in university, he enjoyed playing hockey. In May and June of 1932 he worked at the Lying-In Hospital in New York, then interned at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario from July of 1933 to July of 1934.
Dr. Soper married Marjorie J. Jenkins on the 10th of February, 1934 in Wood, Ohio. She was born in 1911 the daughter of T. D. Jenkins and the former Sarah J. Morris.
He first practiced medicine on Pelee Island (Essex County), then for a short time in Lucan, (Middlesex County) Ontario, before setting up his practice in Thamesville, Ontario. While practicing in Thamesville, Dr. Soper resided in Port Lambton, (Lambton County) Ontario. In 1965 his practice was located on London Road in Thamesville.
Dr. Soper was a member of the A.F. & A.M Lodge in Thamesville, the Chatham Lodge of Perfection, the Kent Preceptory, the Knights Templars, the Erie Chapter Royal Arch Masons and Mocha Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He also enjoyed fishing and playing golf.
By 1996 Dr. Soper was retired.
Dr. Soper has a daughter.
Photo courtesy of Western University Library.