Julia B <I>Barnett</I> Rice

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Julia B Barnett Rice

  • Birth 2 May 1860 New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 5 Nov 1929
  • Burial Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 27670337

A wealthy New York physician and philanthropist, her work was more recently chronicled in George Prochnik's book "In Pursuit of Silence" (Doubleday, 2010)

Born New Orleans, LA May 2, 1860; daughter of Nathaniel and Annie (Hyneman) Barnett; after a thorough classical and musical education entered the Woman's Medical College of the NY Infirmary and graduated MD 1885; M NY City, Dec 14, 1885, Isaac L Rice. In 1906, after having long noted the reckless and unnecessary way in which passing tugs disturbed the quiet and prevented sleep in the neighborhood of her own home, and learning that the same noisy condition prevailed along the East River, to the great distress of patients in the several hospitals of that section, she determined on a campaign in which careful records were made showing an astounding number of unnecessary noises on the rivers, and the nuisance was abated by the passage of the Bennet Bill by Congress, which defines and restricts to a minimum the amount of whistling necessary for safe navigation. The Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise, of which she has been president from inception, was organized with leading divines, educators, authors, hospital heads, physician and other leading citizens as directors and advisors.

- from Woman's Who's Who by John William Leonard (1914)
- The Cyclopedia of American Biography by James E. Homans

Find A Grave contributor LadyGoshen contributed material.

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  • Added: 19 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27670337
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Julia B Barnett Rice (2 May 1860–5 Nov 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27670337, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by No Guts, No Glory (contributor 46889469) .