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Dr Burt Russell Shurly

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Dr Burt Russell Shurly

  • Birth 4 Jul 1871 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 19 Oct 1950 Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Section Lakeview, Lot 17
  • Memorial ID 30874401

Dr. Burt Russell Shurly was the son of English immigrant Edmund Richard Pitman Shurly and Augusta Charlotte Godwin. Born in Chicago just before the Great Fire, he attended Northwest Military Academy, then took a degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1893. He received his medical degree in 1895 from the Detroit College of Medicine, then studied at the University of Vienna for a year.

Dr. Shurly became dean of the Detroit School of Medicine, where he presided over the reorganization of its curriculum and methods; under his leadershi[p, the school became the Medical College of Wayne University.

Shurly specialized in diseases of the nose and throat, and had a particular interest in tuberculosis, to whose cure and understanding he devoted much time.

During the Spanish American War, Dr. Shurly served as surgeon on the ship Yosemite. During World War I, he set up and commanded a base hospital in Vittel, France.

He and his wife, Viola Palms Shurly, had two sons and three daughters: Burt Shurly, Jr.; Edmund R. Shurly; Mary Shurly Vanderzee; Mrs. Beatrice Wilcox; and Mrs. Clarkson Wormer III.


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  • Created by: waldonia
  • Added: 26 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30874401
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Burt Russell Shurly (4 Jul 1871–19 Oct 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30874401, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by waldonia (contributor 46824356) .