George Snow Isham, B.A. 1881.
Born October 8, 1859, in Chicago, III.
Died March 26, 1926, in Pinehurst, N. C.
Father, Ralph Nelson Isham (M.D. New York University 1854, honorary M.A. Northwestern University 1882), a physician in Chicago; surgeon at U. S. Marine Hospital, Chicago, during the Civil War; eldest son of Nelson Isham (M.D. 1828), Assistant Surgeon and Surgeon of the 97th Regiment, New York Volunteers, in the Civil War, and Delia (Snell) Isham; descendant of John Isham [Isum], who came from Northamptonshire, England, was at Newburyport, Mass , in 1667,and settled at Barnstable, Mass.,in 1670, later moving to Bolton, Conn.
Mother, Katherine (Snow) Isham, daughter of George Washington and Elizabeth Anne (Manierre) Snow; descendant of Louis Manierre, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, who settled in New London, Conn., in 1779, of William Snow, who came to Plymouth, Mass., from England in 1637, and of Elder William Brewster of the "Mayflower" company.
Yale relatives include: John V. Farwell, 3d, 7i8, Ralph I. Farwell, '19, Arthur Farwell, '22 S., and Henry H. Porter, Jr., '26 S. (nephews), and George Manierre, '68 (cousin).
Prepared for college under private tutors. Entered Yale with Class of 1880, but left in Freshman year; reentered with '81 the next fall; member Freshman Glee Club, University Glee Chib, College Choir, Freshman Class Supper Committee, Senior Promenade Committee, Kappa Sigma Epsilon, He Boule, Psi Upsilon, and Wolfs Head. M.D. Northwestern University 1884; continued his medical studies In Vienna the next year; interne at Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, 1884-85; subsequently practiced in Chicago until 1900; had served as attending surgeon to the Passavant Hospital and the South Side and North Star dispensaries; first assistant in clinical surgery at Northwestern University Medical School 1888-1898; had been president of Chicago Geographic Society and vice-president of Chicago Academy of Natural Sciences; Fellow of Astronomical and Astrophysical Society of America; member Chicago Medical Society, American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and Academy of Medicine; affiliated with Presbyterian Church; distinguished for his work in making scientific instruments for the astrophysical and astronomical observations of Yerkes Observatory, for this purpose maintaining a complete workshop in his home; M A Northwestern 1887; president of University Club of Chicago 1910-13; director of Lake Geneva Country Club.
Married April 19,1892, in Chicago, Katharine, daughter of Henry Homes and Eliza (French) Porter, and sister of Henry H. Porter, '98 S., and George F. Porter, '03. Children: Henry Porter, '17, who served abroad as a Captain of Field Artillery during the war; Ralph Nelson, '24 S ; and Helen. Mrs. Isham died in April, 1917.
Death, due to a blood clot, occurred suddenly, while he was sojourning in Pinehurst. Buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago. Survived by daughter, sons, three grandchildren, a brother, Ralph Isham (B A. Harvard 1889), of Santa Barbara, Calif., and two sisters, Mrs. George A. Carpenter, of Chicago, and Katherine I. Farwell, the wife of Arthur L. Farwell, '84
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