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Home Town of Fitness Pioneer Robert Tait McKenzie

Robert Tait McKenzie


Robert Tait McKenzie was an educator, sculptor, orthopedic surgeon, and author.

He was born in Almonte in 1867. His father worked as a minister of the Free Church of Scotland in Almonte.

Robert’s childhood friend was James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, with whom he attended McGill University.

He pioneered physical fitness programs in Canada. In 1894, he became the personal family physician of the Governor-General of Canada.

McKenzie became well known for the rehabilitative methods he developed as a medical officer during World War I.


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