He studied optics in Toronto in the mid-1890s and then ran the Optical Department of his father’s establishment; later he started his own office as an optician. He studied medicine at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and graduated M.D. and C.M.
He practised in Jamaica and later in Central America, where he was in charge of the United Fruit Company’s Hospital, in Bocas-del-Toro.
He went to Britain around 1908 and graduated at Edinburgh as L.R.C.P, and L.R.C.S. and at Glasgow as L.F.P. and S.
At the end of World War I he migrated to the U.S.A.; he died in Boston in 1928. He was married twice, and was survived by his four children. The Kinkead family still operates their pharmacy on Port Royal Street.
In 1910 the Jamaica Times described Dr E. C. Kinkead as ‘Kindly, sympathetic, good to the poor. A worthy son of a worthy father.’
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