Frederick Lamont Gates, born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, MN, December 17, 1886, married, September 11, 1917 in Duluth, St. Louis County, MN, Dorothy Olcott, born June 20, 1891, daughter of William James and Fannie (Bailey) Olcott.
His father said he was "born for study and inquiry and disclosed this at an early age". Ill health disqualified him from athletic activities and his life was centered wholly on activities of the mind. He was accepted at Harvard, Yale and the University of Chicago and, after a year and a half at Chicago, he chose to continue his studies at Yale. He stood at the head of his class, received the Phi Beta Kappa key, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1909. The same year, he entered John Hopkins Medical School, and graduated with highest honors four years later. He was recommended for research work at the Rockefeller Institute and took a position on its staff.
On the declaration of war in 1917, Mr. Gates volunteered for the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was accepted and commissioned a first lieutenant. He was assigned to duty on the Rockefeller Institute staff where he gave lectures to military groups selected to attend training there. He was also assigned to visit training camps, in the interest of preventive medicine, and traveled widely. He continued at the institute after the war and his researches, especially those on influenza, received worldwide recognition. His health failed in 1927 and he was required to undertake a less demanding schedule. He continued his research at Harvard and moved his family to Cambridge, MA where he died, June 17, 1933, at age forty-six, after suffering a concussion from a fall.
He is honored in a memorial at the family plot in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Montclair, NJ. His widow, Dorothy, married, second, Leonard Elsmith, but this ended in divorce, and there were no children by her second marriage. She lived for many years in Woods Hole, Barnstable County, MA where she died, January 29, 1984.
Children of Frederick & Dorothy:
1. Olcott "Ollie" b. 19 Mar 1919, d 27 Jul 1999
2. Barbara b. 17 Jan 1921, d. 3 May 1993
3. Frederick Taylor b. 14 Feb 1923
4. Dorothy b. 27 Jun 1924, d. 19 Jun 1993
5. Deborah b. 27 Mar 1927, d. 8 Dec 1990
Photo's taken by RZ (#46973934)
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