John E. Cooper Cole

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Jane Strickland

John was another member of our class from a medical family. During the war years, we were taught internal medicine by his elderly father, with a little history of medicine thrown in. His brother Arthur Cooper Cole was a distinguished pediatrician in Toronto, and Dr. David E. Cooper Cole is a senior scientist in medical genomics at the University of Toronto.

Born in 1922, John went to UTS and at the University of Toronto played hockey, baseball and tennis. After a Toronto General Hospital internship and RCAMC in MIRs in Ontario, he spent a year in general practice in Kirkland Lake in northern Ontario, followed by training in internal medicine in Toronto.

In 1946 he married Jane Strickland whose family were pioneers in the Peterborough district going back to the Susanna Moody era. For many years John and his family enjoyed their cottage on Stony Lake in that region. They had three sons - all Cooper Coles, but no hyphen. From 1952 he was on the outdoor staff of Toronto General Hospital, and was a clinical teacher at the University of Toronto.

After obtaining his Royal College Fellowship in 1952, John’s career was largely in the insurance industry, where he rose to become Medical Director of North American Life.  He was on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Convalescent Hospital.

Excerpt written by: Dr. Neil Watters


Barnett, Henry, Joan Borland, Jack Laidlaw, Neil Watters and Bruce Wells. The Epic Journey of University of Toronto Medical Class of 1944. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Medince, 2012. pg. 28.

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