Dr Charles Horace Mayo


Dr Charles Horace Mayo

Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Death 26 May 1939 (aged 73)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 688 View Source
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Physician. Son of Dr. William Worrall Mayo and brother of Dr. William James Mayo. Together they started St. Marys hospital in Rochester, Minnesota at the request of Mother Mary Alfred Moes of the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester. This came after a tornado in 1883 devastated the town and emphasized the need for a local hospital. St. Marys was the beginning of current Mayo Clinic. Charles first medical experience was at the age of 12 when he administered anesthetic during an operation after his father’s assistant became ill. In 1888 he received an M.D. from Chicago Medical College (now Northwestern University) and another M.D. from New York Polyclinic in 1889. Rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the US Army Reserve at the close of World War I. During his medical career he developed numerous surgical techniques and medical devices. Continued as a medical consultant in 1930 after 40 years as a surgeon. President Roosevelt came to Rochester in 1934 to attend the ceremony where “Dr. Charles” and his brother “Dr. Will,” were presented with a citation in recognition of their distinguished service to humanity. William was too ill to attend his brothers funeral and died two months later.

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