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The First Staff of the Institute of Public Health

Dr. Herbert Winslow Hill

Dr. Herbert Winslow Hill

Dr. Herbert Winslow Hill

First Director of the Institute of Public Health
Chief of the Division of Epidemiology, Visual Statistics and Sanitary Engineering

Dr. Herbert Winslow Hill was born in St. John, New Brunswick in 1871. He completed his primary and secondary education in Woodstock before attending the University of Toronto. Dr. Hill graduated with an M.B. in 1893 and completed his M.D. in 1899.* Dr. Hill demonstrated at the University of Toronto before accepting a position at Toronto General Hospital in the laboratory. He held many positions in America from 1895 to 1912. For seven years he worked in Minneapolis as the First Assistant to the Director of the Minnesota State Board of Health and Laboratories before accepting a position as the State Epidemiologist.

Dr. Hill was awarded a Diploma in Public Health from the University of Toronto in 1911. He accepted the position of Director of the Institute of Public Health in 1912 and immediately became a Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Hill also formed the Faculty of Public Health at Western in 1917 and became active in nursing education. Dr. Hill was a significant asset to the Faculty of Medicine and was honoured with an LL.D. in 1950. Dr. Hill retired in 1934 and died in Minnesota in 1947.

* M. B. is the equivalent of an M.D. in the British medical education system


Dr. Edward Fidlar

Dr. Edward Fidlar

Dr. Edward Fidlar

Chief of the Division of Pathology and Bacteriology

Dr. Edward Fidlar was born in Trenton, Ontario in 1883. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1905 and an M.B. in 1907.* Dr. Fidlar spent a year with the Toronto Board of Health before accepting a position instructing students in pathology and bacteriology at the University of Toronto. He worked as Hamilton City Pathologist before accepting a position at the Institute of Public Health in 1912.

During his time in London, Dr. Fidlar was a Professor of Pathology for the Institute of Public Health; a Pathologist at Victoria Hospital and Asylum; and, a Bacteriologist for the London Board of Health. When war broke out, Dr. Fidlar served in the R.A.M.C. and the C.A.M.C. Canadian military hospitals in England, France, and India. After the war, he took a position at the University of Toronto where he stayed until his retirement in 1953.

* M. B. is the equivalent of an M.D. in the British medical education system


Dr. Albert Josiah Slack

Chief of the Division of Chemistry

Dr. Albert Josiah Slack was born in West Abington, Massachusetts in 1881. He attended the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston and completed his Certificate in Pharmacy in 1904. Before taking the position at The Institute of Public Health in London, Dr. Slack worked as a Sanitary Chemist for the New York State Department of Health in Albany; a Chemist for the Ohio State Board of Health in Columbus; and, a Bacteriologist with a pharmaceutical company in New York City.

Dr. Slack, while working as an instructor at the Faculty of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Chemistry at the Institute of Public Health, took courses with medical students. He received his M.D. in 1920 from Western and a Diploma of Public Health in 1923. Dr. Slack held many positions at the Faculty and Institute before retiring in 1947. Upon his retirement, he received an LL.D. degree from The University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Slack died in 1951.


A Letter of Recommendation to Dr. H. W. Hill Regarding Dr. A. J. Slack

Mrs. A. J. Slack - Dr. Slack's Wife

Dr. Albert Josiah Slack

Dr. Albert Josiah Slack

The Board of Control

The Board of Control was created in 1911 when Dr. Friend Richard Eccles, Dr. H. A. McCallum, Dr. A. B. Macallum, Dr. Waugh, and Dr. Wishart met with The University of Western Ontario's Board of Governors to discuss the staffing, maintenance, and general organization of The Institute of Public Health. The first Board of Control consisted of: a Chancellor, the Chairman of the Victoria Hospital Trust, Sir George Gibbons, Major T. J. Murphy, C. R. Sommerville (all representatives of Western's Board of Governors), Dr. F. R. Eccles, Dr. Robert Ferguson, Dr. H. A. McCallum, Dr. Hadley T. Williams, and Dr. John Wishart (all representatives of the Faculty of Medicine). The Board of Control came to the decision that The Institute of Public Health would constitute a Department at Western and that it would be responsible for teaching both medical and arts students in scientific subjects.


Letter From Dr. H. W. Hill to Dr. W. T. Waugh Regarding a Meeting with the Board of Governors

Faculty of Medicine Representatives on The Board of Control

Dr. Friend Richard Eccles

Dr. Friend Richard Eccles

Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Robert Ferguson

Dr. H. A. McCallum

Dr. H. A. McCallum

Dr. Hadley T. Williams

Dr. H. T. Williams

Dr. William T. Waugh

Dr. William T. Waugh

Dr. Wishart

Dr. John Wishart