Dr. Roger George Knipe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on July 1st, 1915. His parents, Dr. George Winfield Knipe and the former “Hannah” Helen Renton were born in the United Kingdom. They immigrated to Canada in 1912 after the birth of their eldest daughter Norah. Dr. Knipe had 2 older sisters, Norah and Una and a younger brother named Bernard. Dr. Knipe attended Winnipeg Public Schools and Wesley College. In Vancouver, Dr. Knipe obtained his teacher training certificate at B.C. Normal School in 1934. He returned to Winnipeg and went to the Manitoba Medical College and graduated with his M.D. in 1942. Dr. Knipe studied public health at the University of Toronto and received his D.P.H. diploma in 1943.
Dr. Knipe married Winnifred L. Morgan in Cornwall, Ontario on April 24th, 1943. Dr. Knipe became the Health Officer of Prince Rupert, B.C. for two years then went into private practice for one year in Langley, B.C..
Dr. Roger Knipe became the first Medical Officer of Kent County and founded the Kent County Health Unit in July of 1947. There were many difficulties to overcome, starting the new unit. The new unit was located in the basement of Harrison Hall in Chatham. The local detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police had recently given up the location for a move to 317 Queen Street. The Kent County Health Unit primarily focused on the immunization of school children, the detection of tuberculosis and baby clinics. Dr. Knipe moved to the Elgin Health Unit in July of 1950, where he served the community for 3 years before moving to the United States. The family moved a number of times, but settled in Everett, Washington in 1957.
Dr. Knipe belonged to the Canadian Public Health Association, the American Medical Writer’s Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Knipe was often a featured speaker at many locations, including the University of Western Ontario located in London, Ontario. In Canada Dr. Knipe was a member of the United Church and when he moved to the U.S. he was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a Rotarian, a Kinsmen and a member of Kiwanis. He enjoyed music, fishing, gardening and wood-working.
Dr. Knipe and his wife had two children. Mary (Knipe) Haour and Robert Knipe.
Dr. Knipe died January 20th, 1962. Mrs. Winnifred Knipe died February 3rd, 2011. They are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Everett, Washington, U.S.A.