McCarthy Family

Title: McCarthy Family Fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1877-1995;predominant 1954-1970

Physical description: 2.25 metres of multimedia records

Admin. history/Biographical sketch:
George Arnold McCarthy (McGill 1898; b. 1871. d. Nov. 29, 1930.) was born in Moncton, N.B. and attended McGill University where he graduated with a degree in engineering in 1898. He was employed for 14 years with the City of Toronto Works Department where he “had charge of many important works in the railway and bridge section before taking control of the sewers. He supervised the construction of the Bloor Viaduct and the civic street railway lines before the old Toronto railway system was acquired by the city…” His funeral on November 15, 1930 was attended by prominent officials of the City of Toronto, including R.C. Harris, Commissioner of Public Works. Family members attending included his two sons, Dr. K.C. McCarthy and Douglas McCarthy, his widow, Jennie C. Moffatt McCarthy, her father, A.W. Moffatt and Dr. C.F. Moffatt of Montreal.

Douglas Findlay McCarthy was born August 5, 1907 in North Bay, Ontario, the son of George A. McCarthy. When the family moved to Toronto, he attended Malvern Collegiate Institute from 1922-1924. Following graduation he enrolled in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto. He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc) in civil engineering in 1929. During his varsity years, he participated in a number of sports including both junior and senior water polo teams, rowing and rugby. On Dec. 31, 1929 he married Audrey Dale.

Like his father, G.A. McCarthy, he worked for many years for the City of Toronto, starting as a sewer engineer in the early 1950’s, gradually moving up the ranks to Director of the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works, a position he held from 1957 to 1964. In October 1964, the Division was reorganized and Mr. McCarthy requested that he return to his position as Senior Engineer for health reasons. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1976. He died September 19, 1997.

Douglas Dale McCarthy was born on March 6, 1931 while his father, Douglas Findlay, was working in Kapuskasing, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine with an M.D. in 1955. Like his father, Dale was a member of the fraternity, Alpha Omega and Kappa Sigma. Following his graduation he was a pioneering member of the Ontario March of Dimes (OMD) Northern Medical Clinics Program. He was involved in the OMD for over 30 years traveling through Ontario’s North visiting such areas as Kirkland Lake District Hospital to Notre Dame Hospital in Hearst. He was also member of the University’s Department of Medicine from which he retired in 1999.

His obituary, appearing on the Ontario March of Dimes web site on April 30, 2007, records his other activities among which were his participation on a variety of boards and committees including Hart House, and the Gay Counseling Centre of Toronto. He also was an advisor to the Workers’ Compensation Board Tribunal as well as a founding member of the AIDS Committee Toronto.

Scope and content:
This fonds consists of one accession documenting three generations of the McCarthy family of Toronto. The majority of records document two graduates of the University of Toronto, Douglas Findlay McCarthy (B.A.Sc, 1929) and his son, Douglas Dale McCarthy (M.D. 1955). Sous fonds 1 consists of personal records of Douglas Findlay McCarthy documenting primarily his years as an engineering student during the mid 1920s at the University of Toronto. Personal diaries cover his education not only for these four years (1924-1929) but also some of his high school years at Malvern Collegiate. Also included are photographs of his team sports in water polo and basketball as well as graduation, and sports artifacts such as two trophies for bowling and rugby. Among the materials in Series 1 are the only documents relating to his father: two engineer’s booklets signed “Geo. A. McCarthy, Moncton, N.B.” and dated 1893.

Sous fonds 2 contains records relating to his son, Dale McCarthy during his time as a medical student in medicine in 1955 and relating to his medical career in the 1960s. However among these materials are some medical prescriptions believed to belong to his maternal grandfather, A.W. Moffatt for the 19th century as well as a Marey Sphygmograph used for measuring blood pressure during the same time period. Unfortunately, there is no documentation regarding his years with the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, or his involvement with the Ontario March of Dimes in Northern Ontario.

Access and use: Open

Finding aids: McCarthy Family Fonds

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Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B2008-0006