Dr. James Richard Jenkins was born on the 28th of January, 1926, in London, Ontario. His parents were James Gilmore Jenkins and the former Grace Pearl Johnston. Dr. Jenkins was educated at King Edward Public School and Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor, Ontario.
He graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1951. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity. Dr. Jenkins interned at St Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. For a short time, he practiced in Burlington, but moved to Chatham in 1953.
Dr. Jenkins married Sally Louise Kerr. She was the daughter of John Beverley Kerr and the former Gertrude Thelma Coneybeare. Dr. and Mrs. Jenkins had 3 children, Jeffrey, Judith and James.
In his spare time, Dr. Jenkins enjoyed hunting, camping, golf, skiing, photography and fishing.
In 1991, Dr. Jenkins no longer practiced medicine in Canada. He died on the 26th of January, 1996 in Howell, Michigan. Mrs. Jenkins died on the 5th of February, 2005, in Erie Beach, Ontario.
*Dr. Jenkins father served with Canadian Armed Services during WWI.