Dr. Thomas “Eaun” William MacPherson was born on the 16th of October, 1940 in Glen Alva, Clackmananshire County, Scotland. His parents were John Duff MacPherson and the former Elizabeth Rose Westland. He had a younger sister named Sheelage Rose. He received his primary education at Bell Baxter Academy in Cupar, Fife Scotland, then attended high school at Kettering Boys Grammar School in Kettering, Northampton, England.
Dr. MacPherson attended medical school at the University of Glasgow, graduating M.B.,Ch.B. in 1966. Dr. MacPherson interned in Glasgow. He took specialized training in Ob/Gyn at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland from 1967-1969.
Dr MacPherson married Carole Marjory Redpath on the 26th of December, 1969. Mrs. MacPherson was in university, training to be a teacher when they met. She graduated in 1966 and taught primary school in Scotland. Her parents were Charles McInnes Redpath and the former Agnes Dobie Fotheringham. She has an older sister named Frances and a younger sister named Sheena and both reside in the U.K.
Dr. MacPherson joined the Army in 1963 and he was attached to the 13th Battalion Scottish Parachute Regiment. After graduating from medical school he became a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corp and saw service in Ireland and Germany. In 1969, he joined a family medical practice in Shropshire, England. Dr. and Mrs. MacPherson emigrated to Red Lake, Ontario in February of 1972, where he joined an existing family practice.
They moved to London, Ontario in June of 1973. Dr. MacPherson studied anesthesiology at St Joseph’s Hospital for 6 months.
The family moved to Chatham in January of 1974 where Dr. MacPherson joined Dr. Otto Akkerman in his family medical practice. In 1975, Dr. MacPherson took over Dr. Glen’s practice on Grand Ave. The practice moved to 857 Grand Avenue West within a year. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. MacPherson held a number of positions in the medical community. He was President of the Kent County Medical Association at 2 different times, he was Occupational Health Officer for St Joseph’s Hospital and the Public General Hospital. He was a Coroner for over 35 years for Kent County and he acted as the Medical Director of Thamesview Lodge then known as Riverview Gardens.
Dr. and Mrs. MacPherson had 3 children; Gail, Alexandra and Ewan and they have 5 grandchildren.
Dr. MacPherson retired in 2003.
Dr. MacPherson enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography and painting in watercolors in his spare time.
Dr. MacPherson died in Chatham on the 5th of December, 2011.
*Dr. Otto Akkerman also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.