Dr. Leonard Albert Glenn was born January 29th 1888 near Strathroy, Ontario. He was the 3rd of 8 children born to George Glenn and the former Margaret McKenzie. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Mary, Orville, Fred, George, Laura, Jemma and Madeline. Dr. Glenn was educated in the Strathroy area. (His brother Fred died of influenza on the 25th of March 1919 at the age of 28.)
Dr. Glenn attended the University of Western Ontario and he graduated M.D. with honours in 1912. Dr. Glenn interned at Toledo General Hospital in Ohio. He spent another 3 1/2 years training in surgery and acted as Resident Physician and Medical Director of Lucas County Hospital in Toledo Ohio. He went on to be the House Surgeon of Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Glenn joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of June, 1915.
Dr. Glenn practiced medicine in Chatham throughout his entire career. He opened his medical office in the Backus Building at 147 King St., in January of 1916. According to the 1920 edition of Vernon’s City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Glenn’s office was located at 6 Third Street.
On the 15th of September, 1922, Dr. Glenn married Anna Isabelle Wilson in Chatham. Mrs. Glenn was born in Harwich Twp (Chatham-Kent) on the 8th of September, 1900. She was the 4th of 5 children born to Frank Wilson and the former Annie Shoemaker. Her parents were farmers and the family resided at Lot 4, Concession 2, in Harwich Township. Her siblings were; Olive “Myrtle” was born on the 16th of May, 1893, Jennie was born on the 7th of April, 1895, John was born on the 15th of February, 1898 and her younger sister Florence was born on the 3rd of May, 1903. (Her sister Florence died of influenza the Public General Hospital in Chatham at the age of 15 on the 8th of January, 1919.)
Dr. and Mrs. Glenn resided in Cedar Springs and attended the United Church there. Dr. Glenn served as President of the Chatham Medical Society. He also acted as the physician for the Ursuline College for a number of years. In 1924 Dr. Glenn re-located his medical office to 275 King Street West and as of 1941 it was still located there. Dr. Glenn was President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1933.
Dr. Glenn died at St Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham on the 28th of February, 1961 after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Glenn died in Chatham in 1966. They are buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*His brother Dr. Orville James Glenn graduated M.D.,C.M. from the University of Western Ontario in 1905 and practiced medicine in Chatham-Kent although his medical office was located in Wardsville. Dr. O.J. Glenn also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
*Dr. Glenn’s sister Madeline, became a nurse.