Dr. Thomas “Arnold” McCormick was born on the 25th of October, 1870 in Colchester Township, Essex County. He was the 9th of 11 children born to Mathew William McCormick and the former Elizabeth Jane Taylor. His parents were farmers and his siblings included; Walter Hubert, Sara Ann, John Colburn, Mathew Melbourne, Melinda Jane, Mary Ocena, Adelaide, William, Judson Arthur and Eliza.
After completing medical school, Dr. McCormick set up his medical practice in Wheatley around 1895. He was listed in the 1900 Business Directory as practicing in Wheatley.
Dr. McCormick married Edith Woodbridge on his 28th birthday, October 25th, 1898 in Detroit, Michigan. She was born in Essex County on the 2nd of October 1869, the 4th of 4 daughters born to William Warden Woodbridge and the former Elizabeth Anne Hartley. Her siblings were Adella, Wilhelmina and Anna. Mrs. McCormick’s mother died on the 28th of October, 1869 when she was just 26 days old. Her father married Hannah Aikman in Windsor on the 30th of January, 1872 and 5 more children were born; Nora, William, Mary, Charles and Mabel (died at the age of 3 months).
Dr. and Mrs. McCormick had a son, Norman Arnold McCormick born on the 14th of June, 1901 in Wheatley.
In the June 1921 Census, Dr. McCormick and his family are listed at 25 Wyandotte in Walkerville, Ontario. Dr. McCormick was the first Director of the Windsor Clinic of the Ontario Cancer Foundation. In 1949, Dr. McCormick was listed as residing at 2032 Willistead Cres., in Windsor.
Dr. McCormick died on the 18th of July, 1953. He was buried at the Windsor Grove Cemetery in Windsor. After his death, Mrs. McCormick established the McCormick Scholarship at the University of Toronto in memory of her husband. Mrs. McCormick died on the 2nd of August, 1959 and she was buried beside her husband. Their son, Norman also became a physician. Dr. Norman McCormick died on the 11th of November, 1967 and he was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Walkerville. After the death of Dr. Norman McCormick, his name was added to the scholarship at the University of Toronto.
*Mrs. McCormick’s brother Charles also became a physician. He died in Detroit in 1937.