William Allen Cathcart 
Location served:
Years in Practice:
1916 to 1938
Area of Specialization:
Family Medicine  


Dr. William Allen Cathcart was born on the 7th of January, 1892 in Courtright (Lambton County), Ontario. He was the son of William Allen Cathcart and the former Florence “Flossie” Louisa Selby.  His father was a merchant in Courtright, Lambton County.  His siblings were his sister Alberta born in 1889, his brother Selby born in 1891, Eliza “Bessie” born in 1893, Clara born in 1896, Standish born in 1897, Ruth born in 1899, Helen born in 1901 and Charles born in 1902. Dr. Cathcart was educated locally in Port Lambton and graduated high school from Sarnia Collegiate Institute.

He attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1910.  He graduated M.B. in 1915.  He started his medical practice in Simcoe and joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of November, 1915.

He married Dr. Bessie Collver on the 1st of January, 1921 in Sarnia, Ontario. They had attended medical school together. She was the daughter of William Earnest Collver and the former Frances Ethel Loucks.  She had a younger brother named Raymond who was born in 1894 and they were raised in Norfolk County.  Her parents were farmers.

Dr. William Cathcart and Dr. Bessie Cathcart were the parents of a daughter named Raymona (who became a nurse) and a son, William.

Initially the couple practiced medicine in Port Lambton, but they relocated their home and their practice to Wallaceburg in 1934.  Their home was located at 135 Margaret Ave. in Wallaceburg.

Dr. William Cathcart was killed in a automobile accident on the 7th June, 1938.  He was buried at the Sutherland Cemetery, located near Courtright, Ontario.  Dr. Bessie Cathcart continued practicing medicine until October of 1966.  She died in December, 1979 and she is also buried at the Sutherland Cemetery.

*His wife Dr. Bessie (Collver) Cathcart also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.

**His brother John Philip “Selby” Cathcart graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1911 and practiced medicine in Sombra, (Lambton County) Ontario.