|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1856|
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1947|
Father: John Bacon
Mother: Chloe Ann Thompson
Internationally known obstetrician and for more than 20 years, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois. He delivered his own twin grandchildren at the age of 90, shortly before his death.
Charles Sumner Bacon was born July 30, 1856 in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin. He attended Wisconsin State Normal School in 1871 and taught high school in Racine and at the German Teachers' Seminary in Milwaukee until his enrollment in Beloit College in 1874. He graduated from Beloit in 1878 as valedictorian of his graduating class and received the prize essay for best graduate thesis. It was while attending Beloit that he decided to pursue a career in the medical profession.
He attended Chicago Medical College, which later became part of Northwestern University. Following graduation, Dr. Bacon interned for eighteen months at the Cook County Hospital, where he chose to focus his medical career on obstetrics. In 1886, Dr. Bacon opened his own medical office. He was appointed pathologist and assistant surgeon to the Alexian Brothers Hospital, a position he held for two years. When the Chicago Policlinic was founded in 1889, he was appointed assistant gynecologist and instructor, receiving a full professorship in 1891.
From 1892 to 1893, he continued his gynecological medical studies abroad in Berlin, Paris and London and in 1894, he studied obstetrics in Prague, Vienna and Munich.
It was while he was in Vienna that Dr. Bacon met his wife, Maria von Rosthorn, whom he affectionately called Misa. They married on August 17, 1895 in Vienna. They had four surviving children, Alfons, Ernst, Charles, and Maria, known as Madi. One son died in infancy.
Upon his return to the United States, he was made professor of obstetrics at the Chicago Policlinic until 1917. From 1903 to 1926, Dr. Bacon served as head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and later at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Bacon played an important role in the University of Illinois' acquisition of the College of Physcians and Surgeons in 1913.
When the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium opened in 1910, Dr. Bacon served as constultant to the obstetrics department. Following his retirement from the University of Illinois, Dr. Bacon directed the obstetrics department at the Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital from 1926 to 1940 and was an obstetric consultant to Grant Hospital. During Dr. Bacon's long medical career, he worked at thirty hospitals and was on staff at twelve.
Dr. Bacon served as president of the Chicago Medical Society in 1905, and the Chicago Gynecology Society in 1902 and 1923. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; a member of the American Association of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Adbominal Surgery; the American Medical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He authored two books on obstetrics and many medical papers.
Dr. Bacon died at Grant Hospital on July 10, 1947.
Cite: University of Illinois at Chicago. University Archives. Dr. Charles S. Bacon Papers. Record Group 27/08/20/02
Created by: Sonia Sanchez
Record added: Jan 24, 2013
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