Dr. Harvey Mitchell Anthony, 41, son of the late Charles H. Anthony, dropped dead at his home in the Rector apartments last evening a few minutes before he was to have been taken to the Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis for examination in the clinic. Mrs. Anthony had gone to the garage for her automobile at 8:30 o'clock. When she returned Dr. Anthony stood washing his hands in the bathroom of the apartment. He fell to the floor and Mrs. Anthony immediately summoned a physician. He had been in ill health for some time, having undergone an attack of grippe last October before his return to this city from Gary.
Lately he had suffered from organic disorders which caused severe pain in his back and knees. He had received treatment from a specialist but growing steadily worse he yesterday expressed a willingness to visit the Robert Long clinic and preparations were made at once by his wife and his mother, Mrs. Harriett B. Anthony, to take him to Indianapolis. He was unable to dress without assistance.
The body was taken to the Meeks mortuary. Funeral arrangements will be made today. Coroner, C. G. Piepho who investigated, announced a verdict of death due to coronary thrombosis. The widow, Mrs. Ruth Leffler Anthony, a baby daughter, Ann, and his mother, Mrs. Harriett B. Anthony survive. Dr. and Mrs. Anthony and their daughter had come to Muncie late last April from Gary where Dr. Anthony had practiced medicine for the past three years. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1927, remaining one year as assistant professor of anatomy and assistant university physician.
After he opened his practice in Gary three years ago, Dr. Anthony was invited to lecture at Northwestern University meeting two classes a week. He resigned from the faculty before returning to Muncie last April. However, the University had requested his return just a few days ago, but planning to enter the practice of medicine here, he declined the invitation.
Mr. Anthony was born February 19, 1890, in the Anthony home at the corner of Walnut and Adams streets where the Banner Furniture Company building now stands. He attended Muncie High School and later Miami University specializing in mathematics and languages and going at the end of three years to Harvard University. At Harvard he specialized in science and philosophy and did experimental work in radio-telegraphy. At the end of those years he graduated from Harvard University. He then spent three years in post graduate study, taking electrical engineering at Hawley Institute in Boston, graduating from that institution and later taking advanced courses in Columbia University in New York and the New York Electrical Institute. Dr. Anthony returned to Muncie in 1914.
The new Central High School building having been erected, he installed a department of electrical engineering in the building and for eight years was head of the department. In 1916 he became director of vocational education in the school, but one year later he entered military service, at first conducting radio telegraphy classes in this city and organizing a signal corps. He was called to be chief of radio-telegraphy at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station and was transferred from there to Washington to reorganize radio training systems in the aviation section of the navy. He served as director of that work until the close of the war, after which he returned to Muncie, continuing his school work until the close of the war, after which he returned to Muncie, continuing his school work until he resigned to study medicine. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Harvey Mitchell, for whom he was named, began his practice of medicine in Delaware County at Granville in 1850.
Dr. Anthony married Miss Ruth Leffler, daughter of Judge and Mrs. J. G. Leffler, August 9, 1922. He was a member of the Signma Chi fraternity, Sigma Xi, honorary scientific fraternity; and many other organizations that recognized his brilliant scholastic and scientific attainments. He was a former member of the board of examiners for the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Anthony was also honored by foreign honorary societies and held membership in a number of them. A complete list of his degrees and achievements is listed in "Whos's Who in Engineering."
In the midst of his studies, Dr. Anthony found time for athletic activity and was a skilled tennis player. He won several championships, holding a tri-state award at one time during his enrollment at Miami University.
His father, Charles H. Anthony, was a pioneer Muncie business man and was an influence in the progress of the community at the time of the natural gas boom. He was active in developing manufacturing, industrial and real estate interests in the city, erecting the brown stone business block still at Walnut and Jackson streets and known as "The Anthony." Mr. Anthony died in October, 1921.
Dr. Anthony was the donor of the Harvey Mitchell Anthony Science Award presented annually to the graduate from Central High School qualiifying by reason of marks and ability. Dr. Anthony had been forced to withstand severe suffering recently and when he became ill shortly after returning to Muncie said, "We didn't return a bit too soon." He told his wife yesterday that she need not worry about him. "You have Ann," he said. Dr. Anthony had done considerable private research concerning the disease of cancer and was considered an authority on diabetes. Yesterday he dictated two letters to Mrs. Anthony asking patients, whom he had treated in Gary and who were coming to consult him, not to come, stating that he was going to the Robert Long clinic.
Muncie Morning Star, Tuesday, May 19, 1931.
Muncie Evening Press, Tuesday, May 19, 1931. (Northwestern information.)
The funeral of Dr. Harvey Mitchell Anthony, 41, who died Monday night, will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the High Street M. E. Church with Dr. Claude King, pastor, and the Rev. Hillyer H. Straton, of the First Baptist Church, in charge. The body will be placed temporarily in a mausoleum in Beech Grove Cemetery. Muncie physicians will be active and honorary pallbearers. Friends may call at the Meeks mortuary to see the body, which will be taken to the church to lie in state one hour before the service. Mrs. Ruth Leffler Anthony, the baby daughter, Ann, and the mother, Mrs. Harriett B. Anthony, all of Muncie, survive.
Muncie Morning Star, Wednesday, May 20, 1931.
NOTE: The Anthony School was dedicated in Muncie, Indiana, December 7, 1958 in memory of Dr. Harvey Mitchell Anthony. His wife, Ruth Leffler Anthony attended the ceremony as a special guest.
Ruth Leffler Anthony
Ann Anthony Brophy
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