Dr Frederic Atwood Besley

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Dr Frederic Atwood Besley

  • Birth 19 Apr 1868 Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 16 Aug 1944 Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 104153345

Father: William B. Besley
Mother: Sylvia Joslyn
Married on Oct. 6, 1910 to Myra E. Busey (nee Burt)

Frederic Besley, MD, FACS, was intimately associated with the American College of Surgeons from its earliest days. A Chicago area native and 1894 graduate of Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Besley was a colleague of Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, served with Dr. Martin as one of the founders and editors of the journal Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics in 1905. He began his illustrious career as an intern and resident at Cook County Hospital, later became professor of surgery at the Postgraduate Medical School and Northwestern Medical School. He was a staff member and consultant for several Chicago hospitals.

During World War I, Dr. Besley served as chief surgeon of the Northwestern University Base Hospital in France. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the General Medical Board of President Wilson's Council of National Defense. He was commissioned in the US Armed Forces as a major, and retired with the rank of colonel. A founder of the American Board of Surgery as well as the American College of Surgeons, he served the College in numerous capacities including Secretary and Chairman of the ACS Board of Regents. He was instrumental in founding the ACS Committee on Industrial Medicine and Traumatic Surgery and was largely responsible for establishing minimal standards for medical care in industry. An officer of many surgical societies, he served as ACS President from 1937-1938.

For more information on Dr. Frederick Besley's contributions to the American College of Surgeons, see all the College histories and the ACS Archives.

Online February 26, 2007


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  • Created by: Sonia Sanchez Galarza
  • Added: 25 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 104153345
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Frederic Atwood Besley (19 Apr 1868–16 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 104153345, citing Acacia Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sonia Sanchez Galarza (contributor 47848895) .