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Dr Merritt O. Alcorn
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1920
Death: Jun. 16, 2007

Madison Courier
Madison, Indiana
June 18, 2007

Dr. Merritt O. Alcorn, 86, of Madison died Saturday, June 16, 2007, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

He was born Nov. 5, 1920, in Wynne, Ark., the son of Merritt O. and Maude Barton Alcorn. He graduated in 1941 from the University of Arkansas with a degree in chemistry. He was a civilian ballistic expert and was assigned to the proving ground in Hope, Ark., before being transferred to Jefferson Proving Ground. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, and commanded three landing craft at Normandy, Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1950 and took his internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1951. He began a general practice of medicine in Madison in 1951. He began a residency in pathology at the University of Louisville in 1960. In 1964, he established the first full-time department of pathology at King's Daughters' Hospital. He also maintained a practice of pathology at Jackson County Hospital in Seymour, Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg and Madison State Hospital. He was a founding member of the first automated medical laboratory in Indiana and Kentucky. After the laboratory was sold to American Biomedical of Dallas, Texas, he served as a vice president for the company. He was also employed by General Tire and Rubber as a consultant. He was part of a group of physicians who developed the first industrial medical screening program. In 1964, he was appointed to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board by Gov. Matthew E. Welch. As president of the board, he joined with seven other state presidents and drafted the Medical Licensing Act of 1974, which nationally standardized medical licensing testing. He was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as chairman of the board for many years. He was active in all aspects of the church including teaching Sunday school and participating in the choir. He was active in the community. He served as co-chair of the Jefferson County school reorganization committee in the early 1960s. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and was selected as Person of the Year in 1973. For many years he and his wife lived on their farm on Ryker's Ridge. He was a founder and president of the Ryker's Ridge Sewer District. He was a lifelong Democrat and had a keen interest in politics. Twice he testified before congressional committees about rural health care. His hobbies included flying, fishing, hunting, traveling, gardening, photography, cooking and storytelling.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Ellen Keelty Alcorn, whom he married Dec. 6, 1942; two daughters, Mary Ellen Caughran and Charlotte Daughhetee, both of Birmingham, Ala.; two sons, Merritt K. Alcorn and Dr. George Alcorn, both of Madison; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George Alcorn; and two sisters, Margaret Childers and Jewell McHugh.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lytle Funeral Chapel and on Wednesday at the church from 1 p.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to First Christian Church or the King's Daughters' Hospital Foundation. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at

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  Merritt Oakney Alcorn (1880 - 1963)
  Maude Barton Alcorn (1885 - 1965)
  Martha Ellen Keelty Alcorn (1920 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Springdale Cemetery
Jefferson County
Indiana, USA
Created by: GenealogyGirl
Record added: Jul 16, 2007
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Dr Merritt O. Alcorn
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