Henry Summers Barlow 
Location served:
Chatham, Merlin  
Years in Practice:
1924 to 1970
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. Henry Summers Barlow was born in Norwich, on February 1, 1897. He was the youngest of 4 children born to Harry Barlow and the former Mary Summers.  His siblings were Etta Annie, Emma Maud and Mable.  Dr. Barlow received his elementary and secondary schooling in Woodstock. Dr. Barlow enlisted in World War I on the 23rd of March, 1916.  On his Attestation Paper, he listed his address as 24 Woodycrest Avenue in Toronto and his profession was listed as a salesman.  Dr. Barlow saw action in France as a Sergeant. He had the honor of ‘trooping the colors’ for the British Royal Family at the end the war.

Upon his return to Canada after World War I, Dr. Barlow enrolled in the medical program at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

He married Alice Margaret Smith on the 5th of March, 1920 in Toronto.   Mrs. Barlow was born in Embro, Ontario on the 13th of November, 1896, the daughter of Benjamin Jeffrey Smith and the former Alice Maud Mary Laidley.  She was the 4th of 10 children and her siblings were; Oswald, Ernest, Hazel, Gordon, Kenneth, Dorothy, Norman, Wallace and Ruth.  Her father was a station agent for the Canadian National Railway.

Dr. Barlow graduated M.B. in 1924, and moved to Merlin where he opened a general practice. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Barlow became a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 14th of June, 1924.  Dr. Barlow remained in Merlin until 1938, at which point he moved his practice to Chatham. According to the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Barlow’s office was located at 219 King Street West.  Dr. Barlow was a lecturer in pediatrics at the Public General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was a member of the Kent County Medical Society, and was also a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Medical Associations.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Barlow took additional courses in ‘allergy.’  Eventually, he became a member of the Canadian Academy of Allergy and in 1945, he was named a Fellow to the American College of Allergy.

When Dr. Barlow had spare time, he enjoyed collecting stamps. He also loved to spend time at his cottage on Lake Nipissing.  He built an in-board boat. Dr. Barlow was a member of the Kent Club, a Stamp Club and Rotary.

Dr. and Mrs. had five children: Douglas, Blake, Murray, Keith and Bonnie.  All of their sons served during WWII.  Their son, Keith was killed in action in Italy, during World War II.

Dr. Barlow retired around 1970.   He died on the 1st of January of 1977.  Mrs. Barlow died in August of 1980.  They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery.

*Dr. Barlow and his 4 sons also appear on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website paying tribute for their military service to Canada.

**Dr. Barlow’s son, Dr. Robert Blake Barlow also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.