Dr. Russell Donald McAlpine was born on the 25th of April, 1885 in London, Ontario. His parents were Donald McAlpine and the former Lucy Johnson. His father worked for a savings and loans company and Dr. McAlpine had two younger brothers, Johnson Leitch McAlpine and Kenneth Lorne McAlpine. Dr. Russell D. McAlpine was raised and educated in London.
He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1907. On the 1911 census, he is listed as residing in Neustadt, Ontario. He began practicing in Dresden in 1914.
Dr. McAlpine married Madge Elaine Wiley on the 28th of August, 1919 in Dresden. She was born on the 19th of September, 1895, the daughter of Dr. John Irvine Wiley and the former Jennie Douglas Whillan. She was the second eldest of 5 children. She had an older brother named Harcourt and her younger siblings were twins, Grant and Gertrude and her sister Mary. At the time of her marriage, Mrs. McAlpine was a school teacher. Dr. McAlpine joined his father-in-law, Dr. John Irvine Wiley in his medical practice in Dresden. The office and the residence were located on the north east corner of St. George Street and Queen Street.
Dr. McAlpine was a member of the Sydenham Lodge No. 255 A.F. & A.M.
Dr. McAlpine died at his residence in Dresden on the 14th of September, 1962. Mrs. McAlpine died at St Thomas Elgin General Hospital on the 25th of June, 1978. At the time of her death she was residing at 399 St. George Street in Dresden. They are buried at the Dresden Cemetery. They had no children.
*His father-in-law, Dr. John Irvine Wiley also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**His brother John Leitch Johnson served during WWI and his brother Dr Kenneth L. McAlpine graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1931. He died in London on the 12th of October, 2002.