Dr. Archibald Grace

Memorial Lecture to Honor his Legacy

Dr. Archibald John Grace was born at Allahabad, India, of Canadian parents who were missionaries, on 24 January 1905, he won a scholarship to the University of Saskatchewan, graduated with silver and gold medals, and was a demonstrator of physiology. He won a Rhodes scholarship to St John’s College, Oxford, where he graduated with first class honours in physiology, and also played hockey for the University. He received his clinical training at Guy’s Hospital, and held resident posts at the Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, the Royal Victoria, Montreal, and the Humber Clinic, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Returning to England he was surgical registrar at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and at Guy’s.

He was appointed Associate Professor in 1936 and later became Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, where he practiced for the rest of his life. He was a pioneer of thoracic surgery in London and Southwestern Ontario. He published a number of papers on clinical surgery, but his major contribution was in teaching and improved clinical care. He became Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Department at the Victoria Hospital and the War Memorial Children’s Hospital,and was consulting thoracic surgeon to St Joseph’s Hospital and the Beck Memorial Sanatorium.


Dr. Grace was an excellent teacher, popular with his colleagues, students and patients. He excelled in all he touched, and was a keen shot and fisherman, fond also of golf and curling. He was a good photographer, and much interested in politics and religion, cherishing the simple faith learned from his parents.

He is remembered for his energy and sense of humor.

In 1936 he married Mary Kathleen Disney of Northampton, who survived him with their eight children; three of whom followed him into medicine.

A.J. Grace Memorial Lecture

Dr. Archibald John Grace was Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Western Ontario when he died on September 7, 1964 at the age of 59. He had served as President of the Southwestern Ontario Surgical Association in 1963 and a memorial lectureship was proposed at the meeting in November 1964.