Dr. James Brian Gamble was born on the 2nd of April, 1942 in Chatham, Ontario. His parents were James and Anne Gamble. His father was an accountant and his mother was a secretary and Dr. Gamble has an older sister named Marilyn. Dr. Gamble was raised in Chatham and attended St. Joseph’s School for his primary education, then Catholic Central High School in Chatham for grades 9 and 10. For grades 11 through 13, Dr. Gamble attended Chatham Collegiate Institute (C.C.I.) graduating in 1962.
Dr. Gamble studied Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario prior to entering medical school. He graduated M.D. in 1967, before interning at Grace Hospital in Detroit from 1967-1968. After completing his internship, Dr. Gamble’s first office practice was located at 274 King Street West in Chatham. When Dr. Gamble started his practice, Dr. George Beattie had his practice at the same location. In 1972, Dr. Gamble moved his office to 20 Victoria Ave., in Chatham. His sister Marilyn Gilbert, was his office administrator for many years.
While working in his busy family practice, Dr. Gamble completed his B.A. in Literature at the University of Windsor in 1976. He completed his Masters in literature at the University of Windsor also in 1976. For 17 years, Dr. Gamble was a professor at the University of Windsor teaching English.
Dr. Gamble married Joanne Walker on the 20th of December, 1975 at St. Joseph’s Church in Chatham. Mrs. Gamble was raised in the Brampton area, the eldest of 6 children, born to Ronald and Jenny Walker. Mrs. Gamble graduated from Grace Hospital School of Nursing (Windsor) as a Registered Nurse. Mrs. Gamble worked for many years at the Public General Hospital in Chatham. Dr. and Mrs. Gamble are the proud parents of 3 children; Jane, Paul and Molly.
Dr. Gamble was selected as the Family Physician of the year for the South West Region of Ontario, by the College of Family Physicians. Dr. Gamble had been nominated by his peers. For many years, Dr. Gamble was the Medical Officer in charge of registration for the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Dr. Gamble retired in July of 2012, after 44 years of looking after patients in Chatham-Kent. Dr. Gamble enjoys playing golf, skiing, fishing, reading and opera. Dr. and Mrs. Gamble enjoy travelling together and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
*Dr. George Edwin Schram Beattie also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.