LEE, Eldon

Author Tags: Cariboo, Physician Author

Eldon Lee was a rancher, fighter pilot and doctor. Born in Chico, California on May 5, 1923, he was raised with his younger brother Todd on a Cariboo ranch. They first arrived in Canada in June of 1929. After serving as an RCAF bomber pilot, he graduated from the University of Washington Medical School in 1952, interning at the Vancouver General and Shaughnessy Hospitals. With his wife Marjorie and the first of their six children, he moved to Hazelton and became a rural doctor. He later specialized in obstetrics at Vancouver General, worked for a year in England and then became the only obstetrician and gynaecologist north of the 51st parallel in B.C. He was a resident of Prince George for three decades. In retirement he studied Latin and Greek, and piloted ultralight planes. With his brother her co-wrote Tall in the Saddle: Ranch Life in the Cariboo (Heritage House, 1995).

Eldon Lee (right), is shown with his brother Todd.


From California to North 52: Cariboo Experiences (Caitlin, 1994)
Tall in the Saddle (Heritage, 1995). With Todd Lee.
The Hutchwell Papers (Self-published, 1995)
A Western Doctor's Odyssey, From Cariboo to Kos (Heritage, 1996)
Scalpels & Buggywhips (Heritage 1997).

[BCBW 2003] "Medicine" "Cariboo"

Scalpels & Buggywhips, Medical Pioneers of Central B.C. (Heritage $16.95)

The endurance of B.C.'s pioneer doctors was only surpassed by that of their wives according to Eldon Lee, author of Scalpels & Buggywhips, Medical Pioneers of Central B.C. (Heritage $16.95). Beginning with early Indian shamans and ending in the 1920s, Lee traces the history of the area bounded by Clinton, Prince George, Hazelton and Anaheim Lake. Raised in the Cariboo, Lee was central B.C.'s first obstetrician. Al Holley recalls Prince George pioneers and Jack McKenzie contributes a chapter on the doctors of Barkerville.
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[BCBW 1997]