Portrait photograph of Dr William Bayard, seated and reading a book.
Portrait photograph of William Bayard MD
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William Bayard was born in 1814 at Kentville, Nova Scotia, the son of Dr Robert Bayard and Frances Catherine Robertson. He was educated at Fordham (New York City) and received medical training in New York State follwing which he graduated MD from the University of Edinburgh in 1837. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the latter in 1907, the year he died.
He served, (1863-1903) as the chair of the board of commissioners of the Saint John General Public Hospital and also as chairman of the board of health for the city and county of Saint John (1855-1887) and of the Provincial Board of Health (1887-1903). He was president of the New Brunswick Medical Society (1867-1871, 1880-1881, 1890-1891 and 1899-1900), the Council of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick (1881-1885), the Maritime Medical Association (1891), and the Canadian Medical Association (1894-1895), also on three of the latter's committees. In 1891, as New Brunswick's delegate, he attended the International Congress of Hygiene and Demography in London.