Dr. Jean Renwick Duncan was born on the 16th of September, 1895 in Chatham. She was the daughter of Dr. James Henry Duncan and the former Margaret “Maggie” Helen Ferguson. She was the youngest of 3 children. Her two brothers, Ferguson James and Edward Ross both died very young. She was educated in Chatham, then went on to study at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She graduated M.B. in 1925 and B.Sc. (Med) and L.M.C.C. in 1926. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Duncan joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 31st of August, 1926.
Dr. Duncan returned to her hometown of Chatham to practice medicine. According to the 1929 Vernon City of Chatham Business Directory, her medical office was located at 10 Third Street.
Dr. Duncan married Geoffrey Morris Purcell on the 1st of June, 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the time of their marriage, they both lived in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Purcell was born on the 14th of September, 1872 in New York, U.S.A., the son of Gervaise Purcell. Mr. Purcell was married previously and had 3 sons. According to the 1938 Santa Monica, California City Directory, Dr. and Mr. Purcell resided at 315 18th Street. Mr. Purcell was an insurance agent.
Dr. Duncan-Purcell, died in San Bernadino, California, on the 15th of February, 1961. Her husband had died on the 14th of May, 1960.
Mr. Purcell served with the United States Army during World War I.
*Her father, Dr. James Henry Duncan is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.