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Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr Fonds

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Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr fonds

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6 cm of textual records
4 photographs

Biographical Sketch

Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr was born in Thorold, Ontario on August 28, 1867 to the Reverend Joseph Herbert Starr and Susan Evans Starr. In 1889, he graduated from Victoria University Faculty of Medicine (M.D., C.M.) and from the University of Toronto (M.B.). He then went to Europe for post-graduate work and returned to Toronto to practice and eventually rose to become a senior surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital. In 1893, Dr. Starr was appointed to be the first General Secretary of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and served in that position for 8 years before returning to practice medicine. In 1904, he married Anne Callander. In 1913, Dr. Starr suggested to the CMA that it consider establishing a certifying body for surgery and other specialties in Canada - this would ultimately become the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1931 and Starr would become the first surgeon president. During WWI, Dr. Starr served with the Major Royal Army Medical Corps and was recognized for 'gallantry and distinguished service on the field.' He also served as a consulting surgeon to the Imperial Forces in France. Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Starr taught Clinical Surgery at the University of Toronto. He served on the Board of Governors of the University of Toronto and served as a member of the Board of Regents of Victoria University from 1915 until 1934. He retired as professor emeritus of clinical surgery in 1933 and died on April 21, 1934 in Toronto. In 1936, the CMA initiated the F.N.G. Starr Award, which recognizes doctors for their medical and humanitarian contribution to Canadian medicine.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of published articles, 1898–1934, and typescripts, [n.d.], written by Dr. Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr on medical subjects; photographs. Also consists of a scrapbook (compiled by unknown) with photographic portraits of Dr. Starr and his wife, a copy of the testimonial to Dr. Starr upon his retirement in 1933, tributes to him by friends and students after his death, copies of invitations he received to events at Buckingham Palace, newspaper clippings and articles.


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Finding aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database under accession 1998.105.

Access points

  • Starr, Frederic Newton Gisborne, 1867–1934
  • Victoria University (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine


  • Medical students
  • Medicine—Study and teaching