Dr. Patrick Trevor Coulter was born on the 13th of January, 1918 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His father, Dr. James Walter Coulter was born in Chatham-Kent and his mother the former Violet Lillian Robbins who was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. His father served with the Royal Army Medical Corp during World War I. Dr. Patrick Coulter had a younger brother, Stuart G. (Mike) Coulter who also became a physician.
Although he was born in England, Dr. Patrick Coulter was raised in Chatham, Ontario. In 1921 the Coulter family resided at 72 Victoria Avenue. Dr. Coulter attended McKeough Public School and Chatham Collegiate Institute. He enjoyed playing football and he was an avid runner. Dr. Coulter went on to attend the same university that his father had attended, Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from 1937 to 1943. He graduated M.D. and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Medical Corps.
Dr. Coulter served his country from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was an instructor at Camp Borden before deploying overseas. Dr. Coulter served with the Sixth Field Dressing Station for 16 months in Holland, Belgium and Germany. At the end of the war he interned at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario from 1946 to 1948.
Dr. Coulter opened a general medical practice in Wallaceburg and worked there for a year, before going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota to study Urology from 1949 to 1953. Upon returning to Canada he re-located his family to Chatham and he was certified as a Urologist in Canada on January 1st, 1956.
Dr. Coulter married Patricia Mary Sulman on the 4th of April, 1938 in Indiana, USA. Mrs. Coulter was born in Chatham on the 20th of July, 1918. She was the eldest of 5 children born to Charles Douglas Sulman and the former Ilene Floretta Baxter. Her father was a merchant who served two terms as the Mayor of Chatham in 1924 and in 1925. The Sulman family resided at 96 Stanley Avenue. Mrs. Coulter’s siblings were; Jacqueline, George, Sarah and Susan.
Dr and Mrs. Coulter were the parents of 2 daughters, Carol Rebecca Coulter and Margo Trevor Coulter.
In 1959, Dr. Coulter’s office was located at 72 Victoria Avenue, the same home he grew up in. Dr. Coulter was Chief of Staff at the Public General Hospital from 1964 to 1967.
Dr Coulter was a member of the Parthenon Masonic Lodge 267.
Dr. Coulter retired from the practice of medicine in 1981.
Dr. Coulter died at the Public General Hospital in Chatham on the 18th of February, 1985. Mrs. Coulter died in Chatham on the 27th of August, 2007. Dr. and Mrs. Coulter were buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. Patrick Trevor Coulter, his brother Dr. Stuart Glenn Coulter and his father, Dr. James Walter Coulter appear on the Gathering Our Heroes website, which honours their military service to our country.
**His father Dr. James Walter Coulter is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.