Gordon W. Mylks, MD, FAOG
1904 - 1973
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 1936 - 1969
GORDON MYLKS, born June 15, 1904, was raised in Kingston. Though he was quite interested in music while earning his BA at Queen's, he decided upon medicine and received his MD degree in 1929, at the age of 25.
He completed a rotating internship at Englewood Hospital, New Jersey and later did a residency at the French Hospital in New York from 1930-33. Though his first goal was surgery his interest in obstetrics and gynaecology was identified while in New York and he continued his training in that discipline. His training was completed in Britain as he visited a number of hospitals including the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh and the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.
He returned to Kingston to establish his practice and was appointed clinical assistant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Queen's in 1936 at the age of 32. He was promoted to lecturer in 1940 and assistant professor in 1944. The same year he was certified by examination, a diplomats of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He became an associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1954.
Dr Mylks was appointed joint chief of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, a responsibility which continued until 1967.
Dr Mylks was active in organized medicine. He served as President of the Kingston Academy of Medicine. His role in the Ontario Medical Association began in 1957 as chairman of the obstetrics and gynaecology section. He was elected to the O.M.A's board of directors in 1960, later serving as chairman of the board 1963, vice-president in 1964 and president 1965-66. Dr Mylks donated a well known clock which hangs in the office of the President with the inscription 'A time to keep silence and a time to speak' .
Dr Mylks retired from the department in 1968 at the age of 64. But he continued to serve the Kingston community. He had been president of the Kingston Kinsman's Club in 1936 and president of the Kingston Branch of the Alumni Association of Queen's University in 1948-49. He was active in the Masonic Lodge, and an elder at Chalmer's United Church where he had been a longstanding member of the choir. Subsequent to his retirement from Queen's, he was appointed chairman of the board of directors of the Family Counselling Service established by the Social Planning Council of Kingston.
In November 1971, Queen's Alumni, held a dinner for Dr Mylks where he was presented with the Kingston award ‘for meritorious service to Queen's and to the community. Dr Mylks collapsed while curling and died February 23, 1973, at the age of 68; as noted by his OMA colleagues, an appropriate completion of a most useful and happy life.
Gordon and his wife, Clara, had two daughters, Nancy and Barbara and one son, Gordon.