Dr. Alexander Anderson Numbers, a long time Hamilton general practitioner who devoted his life to his patients and family, was still making housecalls into his late 80s.
Born in Scotland, he emigrated to Canada at 15 and served his new country in France during World War I at military headquarters, not as a doctor, but as a stenographer. Medical school came later, as did special studies in hematology. During his years of medical practice, Dr. Numbers held posts as chief of medical staff at both the Hamilton Civic Hospitals and St. Peter’s Centre, and he was honoured by the Hamilton Academy of Medicine as one of the first two recipients of the first distinguished achievement award in recognition of his remarkable career and his leadership in developing the Academy’s archive and museum.
Dr. Numbers died in 1989.
Excerpt from 1992-1993 Annual Report