Dr Stephen Olin Richey

Dr Stephen Olin Richey

Woodstock, Middlesex County, Virginia, USA
Death 8 Oct 1919 (aged 70)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row D, Lot 17, Site unknown
Memorial ID 66297285 · View Source
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- Francis Hartman Richey [1817-1891]
- Elizabeth (Jones) Richey [1820-1894]

Married (1) Sarah Rebecca (White) Richey on November 13, 1878.

Married (2) Minna (Blair) Richey in 1884


Son of Rev. Francis Hartman and Eliza (Jones) Richey, grandson of John S. Richey, was born April 12, 1849 at Woodstock, Va.

Educated at private school and by tutors. Taught for some time at a country school and read law. Studied medicine with Dr. Nicholas Brewer, of Dawsonville, Md.

Graduate of Chicago Medical College, 1875-76. Asst. Aural Surgeon to several hospitals in Chicago, 1876-78. Since 1878 has practiced ophthalmology and otology in Washington; sometime Ophthalmic and Aural Surgeon, Providence Hospital; member American Medical Association; American Ophthalmology Society; American Otology Society; Washington Biology Society; Congress American Physicians and Surgeons since 1888; International Med. Congress; American Public Health Association; Washington Philosophical Society.

His early studies were conducted at home and at a private school, as was the custom in antebellum days in the South. The war interrupted his studies for a time, but after its close he was for one year a student at a classical school. His father's reduced financial means prevented a college course, and he found occupation in teaching a country school, reading law during three years on this period, at his father's instance, but much to his own distaste. In 1872, being beyond the surveillance of his father, he began to read medicine with Dr. Nicolas Brewer, at Dawsonville, Md.; attended lectures at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, session of 1874-75; entered for the third session, 1875-76, in the three years graded course, at the Chicago Medical College (now the Northwestern University Medical School,) having passed the examination for the two previous years, and received his degree from that institution in the spring of 1876.

Because of certain advantages for further study offered him by Prof. S.J. Jones, his preceptor, Dr. Richey remained in Chicago until the autumn of 1878; was assistant aural surgeon to the Illinois Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1876-78; to St. Luke's Hospital, 1876-78; and ophthalmic and aural surgeon to the South Side Dispensary, 1876-78. On account of ill health, he removed to Washington, D.C. in November 1878, and was for a short time ophthalmic and aural surgeon to the Providence Hospital, but resigned the position and has since declined all such appointments.

Dr. Richey is a member of the American Medical Association; of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia; of the American Ophthalmological Society; of the Washington Biological Society; of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington D.C.; and a member of the American Congress of Physicians and Surgeons, since its organization at Washington, D.C. in 1888; member of the Illinois State Medical Society; of the International Medical Congress; of the American Public Health Association; and of the Washington Philosophical Society, having withdrawn from these latter societies, because he believes that a man cannot profitably belong to so many bodies. He was an honorary president of the section of ophthalmology of the Pan-American Medical Congress, Washington, 1893.

Dr. Richey married, in 1878, Miss Sarah R. White, who died in child-birth the following year. He married, second, in 1884, Miss Minna Blair, daughter of Hon. Montgomery Blair, and granddaughter of Francis Preston Blair. They have no children.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 66297285
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Stephen Olin Richey (12 Apr 1849–8 Oct 1919), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66297285, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .