Dr. Patrick Trevor Coulter was born on the 13th of January, 1918 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His father, Dr. James Walter Coulter was born in Kent County, Ontario, and his mother the former Violet Lillian Robbins was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His father served with the Canadian military during World War I and he was wounded in France. Dr. Patrick Coulter had a younger brother, Stuart G. (Mike) Coulter who also became a doctor.
Although he was born in England, Dr. Patrick Coulter was raised in Chatham, Ontario. He attended McKeough Public School and Chatham Collegiate Institute. He enjoyed playing football and he was an avid runner. Dr. Coulter went on to attend his father’s University, Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario from 1937 to 1943. He graduated M.D. and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps. He served from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, in Northwestern Europe and Canada. At the end of the war he did his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario from 1946 to 1948.
Dr. Coulter opened a general practice in Wallaceburg and worked there for a few years, before going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to study Urology from 1949 to 1953. Upon returning to Canada he located his family in Chatham and he was certified as a Urologist in Canada in on January 1st, 1956.
Dr. Coulter married Patricia Mary Sulman, daughter of the former Mayor C.D. Sulman on the 4th of April, 1938. Dr. and Mrs. Coulter had two daughters, Carol Rebecca and Margo Trevor.
Dr. Coulter was Chief of Staff at the Public General Hospital from 1964 to 1967.
Dr. Coulter died on the 18th of February, 1985 and Mrs. Coulter died in 2007. They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham. His brother Dr. Stuart Glenn Coulter died on the 25th of May, 2007.
*Dr. Patrick Trevor Coulter, his brother Dr. Stuart Glenn Coulter and his father, Dr. James Walter Coulter appear on the Gathering Our Heroes website, which honours their military service to our country.
**His father Dr. James Walter Coulter is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.