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I have chosen to do my biographical assignment on Dr Ross Tilley I became interested in him when I heard about him at the summer camp I worked at this year He used to own the property of Camp Hollyburn until he sold the property to my boss father Ted Yard Sr Before camp started we had to learn about the camp and his name came up repeatedly My boss talked about how he used to bring war burn victims up to the camp to discuss their struggle with being burned and to get away from the busyness of the city It is a beautiful property and the lake is actually named after him to commemorate all that he has doneRoss Tilley was born in Bowmanville Ontario His father was a local practitioner in the town In his younger years he was an excellent student and an outstanding athlete He attended medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1929 as a silver medalist He trained in surgery in Toronto Edinburgh and New York He also worked with Sternburg who was known as the great Vienna pathologist He opened a private practice in Toronto at the Toronto Western and Wellesley hospitals in 1935 There he specifically became interested in Plastic Surgery which was a hard to come by specialty seeing how there was only three qualified plastic surgeons in Canada at the time He trained with Dr E Fulton Risdon in Toronto who was one of Canadas first specialists in the field completing his plastic surgery training just before the outbreak of the second world warTilley was a member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps Militia and went into active service immediately after the outbreak of the war He transferred to the new RCAF Medical Branch shortly after its formation and he was posted at their headquarters in the United Kingdom in 1941 as principal medical officer In 1942 Dr Tilley was transferred
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