21 April 2010

William Kendall Newcomb

B.M. Newcomb wrote:

Mr. Newcomb was a physician and surgeon. His early education was received in the public schools of McLean Co., Ill., after which he taught school in the same county. he then completed a course in the Gem City Business College in Quincy, Ill. In 1882, he completed a course in Rush Medical College in Chicago and soon after commenced practice at Fisher. In 1896, he sold his practice at Fisher and spent a year abroad, studying in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and London. He returned in 1897, and in July of that year opened an office in Champaign.

While at Fisher, Mr. Newcomb was surgeon for the Illinois Central Railway, and a member of the National Association of Railway Surgeons.

In 1899, he was chosen counselor or executive member of the State Medical Society of Illinois, a position which he held for twelve years, and in 1911 was made president of that organization. On the day he was stricken with his last illness, he was received into the American College of Surgeons, an honorary organization whose members are selected from among the foremost physicians and surgeons of the country, and which corresponds to the Royal Society of England.

Dr. Newcomb was also prominently identified with local charities and public movements; was one of the founders of the school of nurses at the Burnham hospital; was also one of the founders and a director in the Anti-Tuberculosis Health League; was trustee of the Garwood Old Ladies' Home, and executive committee member and one of the organizers of the United Charities, and was a prominent member of the Chamber of Commerce; served as master of Fisher Lodge A.F. and A.M.; was a member of Champaign Commandery Knights Templar and the Modern Woodmen. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years.

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