Dr. James Glenroy “Glen” Crookshank was born on the 19th of November, 1883, in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. His parents were James Stewart Crookshank Jr. and the former Agnes Murdock Perry. His father was born in Barrie, Ontario, where his father Dr. James Stewart Crookshank was a physician. James Stewart Crookshank Jr. was a chemist/druggist in the Town of Blenheim, Ontario. Dr. Crookshanks’ mother was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He had an older sister Juanita Beatrice, who was born in Blenheim on the 1st of November, 1881. Dr. Crookshank and his sister were raised in the Blenheim area. Dr. Crookshank was known in the Chatham and Blenheim area as an excellent lacrosse player.
Dr. Crookshank attended the University of Western Ontario in London and The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and graduated in 1906 from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. While he was at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Crookshank was the Councillor of Medical Executive Society from 1903-1904. Dr. Crookshank continued his education in London, England and received the degrees M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. in 1907. Dr. Crookshank was in practice in Chatham, Ontario with Dr. George T. McKeough.
Sadly he was to die a young man at the age of 25 on the 22nd of June, 1909. He died at the Public General Hospital in Chatham and was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim. He never married. His sister Juanita died on the 11th of February, 1910. She was also buried at Evergreen Cemetery.
His father lived to be 89 years old.
*Dr. Crookshanks’ grandfather, Dr. James Stewart Crookshank (married to Jane) was also buried at Evergreen Cemetery (in Blenheim).
**Dr. George Thomas McKeough is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.