with at least one from each decade of his life.
He was a very serious and very studious man.
Very diffident, polite and modest in his dealings with his seniors (a man easily and perpetually under-estimated) but earnest and intense in public presentations and in private he had a dry biting wit and could always see the ironic humour in various situations.
Almost all the photos that I have found to date, from a wide array of social settings, reflect that that he seemed to have been inwardly serious from a very young age.
It may be that his facial appearance reenforced this part of his nature - compared to his parents and four older brothers, he was noticeably wider in the jawline than them, even as a child.
But his family did find one photo of him relaxed, laughing and holding a drink. And not surprising for a young boy from a very pious evangelical Presbyterian family who went away to the trenches of WWI, he even sometimes played poker and let the other players call him "Hank"!
His wive Marjorie was the near total opposite, a social charmer and so a good foil to Henry, usually able to get him to unbend and laugh.
|Young Martin Henry Dawson in the early 1900s|
|McGill Resident 1920s Martin Henry Dawson|
|very sick Martin Henry Dawson, age 45, May 1942|
|Martin Henry Dawson McGill 1919|
|Yearbook Business Manager Martin Henry Dawson 1912|
|Martin Henry Dawson 1915 Cdn Medical Corps|
|1916 soldier Martin Henry Dawson|
|Martin Henry Dawson McGill Med grad 1923|
|1936 Passport Martin Henry Dawson|
|relaxed Martin Henry Dawson late 1930s|
|Blackstone portrait Martin Henry Dawson 1938|
|to attract Society patients 1938 Martin Henry Dawson|