Dr. Richard Davidson Cowan was born in North Dumphries Twp., near Galt Ontario on the 25th of June, 1887. His parents William Davidson Cowan and the former Annie Chisholm, were farmers. He had an older brother named William (William’s twin sister died at birth), a younger brother named Thomas and a little sister named Maggie. He was educated locally and graduated from Galt Collegiate Institute before attending The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.B. in 1915.
Dr. Cowan had been in the Army Medical Corp Militia prior to enlisting in the Army as a Captain on the 21st of September, 1916, during World War I.
According to the Ontario Medical Register of 1928, Dr. Cowan registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 18th of November, 1920. Dr. Cowan continued his education in England graduating M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P in 1921. The 1921 census records that Dr. Cowan was living on the family farm and his occupation is listed as a doctor.
Sometime after 1921, Dr. Cowan opened a medical practice in Wallaceburg, Ontario.
He married Anna Kennedy Cowan (same last name) on the 25th of September, 1926, in Waterloo, Ontario. On the marriage record, he listed his residence on the marriage record as Wallaceburg, Ontario. Mrs. Cowan was born on the 23rd of April, 1893. Her parents were Peter Cowan and the former Mary Pollock. She had a younger brother named William and a younger sister named Jessie. Mrs. Cowan was a school teacher.
By 1953 Dr. and Mrs. Cowan had moved to Guelph. He was a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge in Guelph.
Dr. Cowan died on the 16th of September, 1957.