Bryce, Peter Henderson

Peter Henderson Bryce, physician (b at Mount Pleasant, Canada W 17 Aug 1853; d at sea 15 Jan 1932). He served as first secretary of the Ontario Board of Health (1882-1904) when he joined the federal Dept of Immigration as its chief medical officer. A man of strong opinions, Bryce agitated for health reform, concentrating his attack on tuberculosis. His condemnation of Native boarding schools as breeding grounds of the disease caused official embarrassment. Retired in 1921, Bryce studied Canadian letters and finished a manuscript on the life of Sir Oliver MOWAT shortly before dying on a voyage to the West Indies.