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Dr Irvin Abell, Sr
Original name: William Irvin Abell
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Birth: Sep. 13, 1876
Marion County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1949
Ontario, Canada

Surgeon. He was a descendant of a pioneer family which migrated to Kentucky in 1788 and the son of William Irvin Abell and Sarah "Sallie" Silesia (Rogers). Between 1882 and 1889 he attended St.Augustine's Parochial School in Lebanon, Kentucky. He next graduated with a master of arts degree from St. Mary's College in St. Mary, Kentucky. In 1897 he interned at Louisville City Hospital (now General Hospital) and was the first Grand Presiding Senior (president) of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity (Southern) when he graduated from Louisville Medical College (now the University of Louisville School of Medicine). He then studied in Germany at the University of Marburg and the University of Berlin. In 1900 he joined the faculty at Louisville Medical College faculty. His other academic honors included Doctor of Science degrees from Georgetown University, Manhattan College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville; and Doctor-of-Law awards from Marquette University and the University of Cincinnati. On October 19, 1907 he married Caroline "Carrie" Harting of Lexington, Kentucky and they had 4 sons. In 1908 the Louisville Medical College merged with the University of Louisville and he became professor of surgery. His active military service was confined to World War I where he won recognition for outstanding work as commanding officer of a base hospital in France. He was also a Colonel in the Medical Reserve Corps. In 1923 he became clinical professor of surgery and in 1935 he was named to the board of trustees there. In 1938 he headed a committee that conferred with President Rooselvelt's National Health Comittee on a program of "socialized" medicine. That same year, he spoke before the General Assembly on behalf of the mental hospital reorganization measure. In 1940, President Roosevelt named him chairman of a national committe to co-operate with the Defense Commission on Public Health. He was also president of nearly every important medical body in the nation including: 1926 Southeastern Surgical Association; 1927 Kentucky State Medical Association; 1933 Southern Medical Association; 1939 to 1940 American Gastroenterological Association; 1937 Southeastern Surgical Congress; 1938 to 1939 American Medical Association; 1944 to 1945 Association of Military Surgeons of the United States; 1946 to 1947 American College of Surgeons. He wrote about 75 articles in medical publications and authored a book titled "Retrospect of Surgery in Kentucky". Throughout his life, he was active in medical education and in various projects for civic and community betterment. In 1938 he was awarded the Laetere Medal given annually by the University of Notre Dame to an outstanding Catholic layman. At the beginning of World War II, he headed the national committee that consulted with the Defense Commission on matters of public health. In 1944 he was President of the American College of Surgeons. During World War II he headed the national committee that consulted with the Department of Defense on matters of public health. In June 1947 he retired from active teaching. He won numerous top honors in his profession including an honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in London, England in 1947 ... an honor limited to 50 physicians throughout the world. He was an ardent fisherman and just prior to his 73rd birthday, he was on vacation at Kamp Kaintuck on Pickerel River in Ontario, Canada with a group of Louisville, Kentucky business men who owned the private camp on an island. He made no complaints, but suddenly on Sunday, August 28, 1949 at 5:45 a.m. he passed away. On Monday, August 29, 1949 his death notice appeared in the "Courier Journal" with the headline "Dr. Irvin Abell, Sr., 72, Dies In Canada Of Heart Attack - Famed Surgeon Also Was Educator And Fighter For Civic Improvements". On Tuesday, August 30, 1949 the "Courier Journal" carried his obituary. His remains arrived in Louisville, at 10 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, August 30, 1949 and were be taken to his residence. His funeral mass was held at the Cathedral of the Assumption and was followed by interment on Thursday, September 1, 1949. (bio by: sympatico) 
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  William Irvin Abell (1908 - 1989)*
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Calvary Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: Section 26. Lot 17, Grave 3
Maintained by: Dolores & Danny Bohn
Originally Created by: Francie Ede
Record added: Mar 13, 2010
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Dr Irvin Abell, Sr
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Dr Irvin Abell, Sr
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