Dr. Myles Ronald MacLennan was born in Lebret, Saskatchewan on the 11th of April, 1930. He was the son of Angus Archibald MacLennan and the former Agnes Rebecca Coady. His father was a merchant in Lebret and Dr. MacLennan was raised in Lebret with 3 brothers; Gerald, Donald and James. He attended elementary school at Lebret Public School followed by secondary school at Campion College in Regina, Saskatchewan.
For his post-secondary education, Dr. MacLennan first attended St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, where he obtained a B.A. in 1950. He began pre-med courses at the University of Saskatchewan, and then he continued his studies in medicine at the University of Manitoba. He graduated with a medical degree in 1957. Dr. MacLennan completed an internship program at Gray Nuns’ Hospital in Regina in 1958.
Dr. MacLennan began post-graduate training in diagnostic radiology at Gray Nuns’ Hospital, followed by an additional two years at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto. In 1962, he was certified in Diagnostic Radiology by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. MacLennan began his practice in Diagnostic Radiology at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham in 1962. He was the President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1974. Dr. MacLennan served at St. Joseph’s Hospital for over 38 years, until he retired in 2000.
Dr. MacLennan was very proud of his Scottish and Cape Breton heritage. He enjoyed attending Highland Games. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed detective novels and books on history. He collected art, including paintings by Native artists Allen Sapp and Michael Lonechild.
Dr. MacLennan died on the 19th of June, 2008 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. He was married to the former Ann-Marie McConnell. She was the daughter of Thomas Bernard McConnell and the former Valerie Fry.
Dr. and Mrs. MacLennan were the proud parents of 4 children: Nicholas, Gabrielle, Valerie, and Mairi and the doting grandparents to seven grandchildren. Mrs. MacLennan died on the 2nd of August, 2017 in Chatham.
*Dr. MacLennan’s brother Gerald Joseph MacLennan served with the Navy during WWII from 1942 to 1946.
**Dr. MacLennan’s brother Dr. James Archibald McLennan practiced medicine in British Columbia.
***Mrs. MacLennan’s father Thomas Bernard McConnell served with the Canadian Armed Services during WWI.