Dr. James “Lorne” Macarthur was born on the 12th of June, 1910 in St. Thomas (Elgin County) Ontario. At the time of his birth, his parents James Alfred Macarthur and the former Agnes Engelgan resided as 120 Alma Street. Dr. Macarthur had an older sister named Donna and his father was an electrician with St Thomas Hydro.
Dr. Macarthur graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1937. After completing his internship, he set up his medical practice in Chatham. He married Helen Winnifred Buckpitt. She was born in St Thomas on the 11th of August, 1912, the daughter of Henry Wickham Buckpitt and the former Mary Rivard. Her father was a locomotive engineer and her family resided at 45 Mitchell Street. She had a younger sister named Jean and an older stepbrother named Frank (Johnston). Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Macarthur was a bookkeeper.
Dr. and Mrs. Macarthur were the parents of a daughter, Dorothy Jean, who was born in Chatham. Dr. Macarthur’s name appears on birth and death records in the 1930’s and the 1940’s. Dr. Macarthur’s office was listed in the 1941 Shepherds City of Chatham Business Directory at 247 King Street West.
By 1949 Dr. and Mrs. Macarthur were residing at 654 Roslyn Ave., in Westmount, Quebec and Dr. Macarthur was practicing medicine in Montreal. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal of February 1950 (Vol 62), Dr. Macarthur had been bestowed his Fellowship in Surgery.
Dr. Macarthur specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology. He published articles in medical publications including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was a sought-after speaker at medical conventions around the world.
Dr. Macarthur died on the 22 of August, 1991. He was buried at the MacPherson Cemetery in Georgeville, Quebec.
*Editors Note: Dr. Macarthur’s signature did not capitalize the second “a” in his surname.