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Biographical entry Scott, Wallace Arthur (1873 - 1949)

CMG 1918; MRCS 13 November 1902; FRCS 9 June 1904; BA Toronto 1895; MB 1898; MD 1920; LRCP 1902; FACS 1927; VD.

17 April 1873
6 January 1949
Toronto, Canada
General surgeon


Born 17 April 1873 son of William Scott, principal of Toronto Normal School. He was educated at the Ottawa Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto, where he graduated in arts in 1895 and qualified in medicine three years later. He started to practise in Toronto, but spent some years in postgraduate study at King's College Hospital, London, and took the Fellowship in 1904. Returning to Toronto he was appointed to the staff of St Michael's Hospital and lectured at the University. He volunteered for active service as soon as war broke out in August 1914. After serving in France he was promoted colonel, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and given command of the Moore Barracks Hospital in. England. He was created CMG in 1918 for his war services, and also received the Volunteer Decoration.

Scott returned to his practice at 627 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, and became surgeon and ultimately consulting surgeon at St Michael's. In the university he was appointed a senator and professor of clinical surgery. He was a Charter Member of the Academy of Medicine of Toronto, and a member of the Canadian Association of Clinical Surgeons; he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1927. He organized the War Medical Board for Toronto on the outbreak of the second world war in 1939. After his retirement from St Michael's Hospital, Scott worked assiduously for the Toronto Home for Incurable Children. He was a prominent freemason. Scott married Evelyn, daughter of Byron Ronan of Ottawa. There were no children, and Mrs Scott died in 1940. He died at Toronto on 6 January 1949, aged 75.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Canad med Ass J 1949, 60, 318; information from B O Partridge, National Trust Company, Toronto].

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