Holmes, Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes

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Holmes, Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes

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1874-1960

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Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes was born 13 Dec 1874 to Martha Wildes and Iva W. Holmes in Ontario. Cecil was educated at the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph Ontario and the University of Toronto, where obtained a Bachelor of Medicine degree in 1899. He married Jane (Jennie) Elizabeth MacDonald shortly after his graduation and practiced with his father-in-law at Hagersville, Ont., before becoming medical superintendent of Six Nations Indian Reserve in 1901, opening the first reservation hospital in Canada in 1908.

Cecil Holmes and his wife moved to Edmonton in 1911. The following year he established a private practice. In 1915 he enlisted and served as medical officer for the 63rd Battalion C.E.F. from 1915-1917. When he returned to Edmonton, he established a veterans’ rehabilitation centre at the University of Alberta. Dr. Holmes also taught obstetrics at University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and was a director of Beulah Home, a residence for unwed mothers.

Dr. Holmes returned to private practice until he was appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1937-1945. He received a Life Membership in the Edmonton Academy of Medicine in 1952.

Dr. Cecil Ulysses Holmes died 18 Apr 1960 in Edmonton.

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