Dr. James Walter Coulter was born in Chatham Township on the 13th of February, 1884, to George Thomas Coulter and the former Rebecca Margaret Irwin. He was the eldest of 8 children. He attended school locally before going to Medical School at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Coulter graduated M.B. in 1915. While still in Kingston, he served during World War I with the Queen’s contingent, rising to the rank of Major in the Royal Medical Corp. While serving his country, Dr. Coulter was wounded in France.
Dr. Coulter set up his practice on Sixth Street, in Chatham, Ontario in 1920. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Coulter joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 12th of June, 1920. Dr. Coulter was the Medical Officer for the 24th Kent Regiment for some time. He was also the physician at the Kent County Jail and for the C.N.R. He was a member in good standing with the Kent County Medical Association.
He was married to Violet Robbins in June of 1916. Mrs. Coulter was born in England in 1897. Dr. and Mrs. Coulter had two sons and they resided at 72 Victoria Ave. in Chatham. His son Dr. Patrick T. Coulter would go on to practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota before returning to Chatham, Ontario and Dr. Stuart G. (Mike) Coulter lived in Toronto.
Dr. Coulter was admitted to the Public General Hospital in Chatham on May 1st, 1951 and he died the same day. He was buried at the Dresden Cemetery. At the time of his death, he had 3 grandchildren. Mrs. Coulter died in 1970.
*Dr. James Walter Coulter and his two sons appear on the Gathering Our Heroes website.
**His son Dr. Patrick T. Coulter is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.