Name:
Gordon Slade Cumming 
Location served:
Chatham  
Years in Practice:
1926 to 1972
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  

Biography:

Dr. Gordon Slade Cumming was born on the 2nd of October, 1900 in Chatham Twp, (Chatham-Kent).  He was the youngest child of Neil Thomas Cumming and the former Fannie Slade.  Dr. Cumming and his 3 brothers, Kenneth Neil Cumming, Robert Bruce Cumming and Frederick John Cumming were raised on a farm.  He graduated high school from Chatham Collegiate Institute, prior to going to medical school.

Dr. Cumming graduated M.B. in 1926 from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.  After completing his internship Dr. Cumming settled in Chatham to practice medicine.

He married Beatrice Eleanor Margaret Scott on the 20th of September, 1934, in Tilbury.  Mrs. Cumming was born on the 28th of April, 1902 in Middlesex County.  She was the eldest of 3 children born to Mungo Park Scott and the former Lucy Rosena Mahler.  Her father was a painter and her siblings were; Clarence Walter Scott and  Vera Winnifred Scott. In 1921, the Scott family resided at 28 Richmond Street in Chatham.  At the time of their marriage, Mrs. Cumming was a stenographer residing at 61 Park St., West in Chatham and Dr. Cumming was residing at 143 King St., West (in Chatham).

According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Cummings’ medical office was located at 179 King Street.

Dr. Cumming enlisted on the 19th of June, 1942 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II.  He served more than a year oversea’s and returned to Chatham in April of 1944.  In 1944 his medical office was located at 69 Grant Street in Chatham.

Dr. and Mrs. Cumming had one son, Donald.

By 1954, Dr. Cumming was residing in Toronto.  He died at the Riverdale Hospital in Toronto on the 14th of September, 1972.  He was buried at the McVicar/Gee Cemetery in Chatham Township.  Mrs. Cumming died in Chatham on the 20th of November, 1984.  She was buried near her father at the Oakland Cemetery in Middlesex County.

Photo: Courtesy of the Chatham-Kent Museum

*Dr. Gordon Slade Cumming is featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.  His brothers Robert Bruce Cumming and Frederick John Cumming served during WWI and they are also featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.