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