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Memorable Manitobans: Charles A. Hunter (1873-1955)


Born at Auchterless, Scotland on 7 February 1873, he was educated in Scotland and England, obtaining an MA at Aberdeen in 1894 and MBChB in 1899. He emigrated to Canada in 1904 and established a medical practice at Winnipeg. During the First World War, he served in England and France with the 12th Battalion Medical Corps, demobilizing in 1919 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1917, he became the first physician to report the genetic disorder that was subsequently named Hunter Syndrome. In 1927, he was appointed a Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, resigning after a year but remaining a consulting physician at the Winnipeg General Hospital. He was a life member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manitoba and one of the early members of the Winnipeg Clinical Society, which in 1921 became the Winnipeg Medical Society. In 1930, he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He retired in 1952. He died at his Winnipeg home, 25 Harvard Avenue, on 18 March 1955 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


“A rare disease in two brothers” by C. Hunter, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine 10:104–106 (1917).

“Dr. C. Hunter, ex-professor dies, aged 82,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1955, page 42.

“Funeral service for Dr. C. Hunter,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1955, page 29.

Obituary, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Volume 72, 1 May 1955, page 712.

We thank Elizabeth Braunlin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 August 2017

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