Thursday, August 26, 2010

"I seen my duty, and I done it"

The library recently received thirteen boxes of books belonging to John BeVier White, M.D., an alumnus of the medical school. The donation gave us an opportunity to find out more about Dr. White, and we liked what we found (little though it was).

White was born in Shelby, OH, ca. 1898. By 1917, he had enrolled at Stanford University but left school to serve in World War I. After his discharge, he came to Portland to attend Reed College. He received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1927 and completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital before entering private practice in 1928. In 1940, he joined the Army and served as regimental surgeon for the 41st Division. He received the Silver Star for valor at Buna-Gona (when he removed shrapnel from his own knee so he could return to action). He remained with the Army until his retirement in 1959. He died in November 1972.

In our collection of wartime records of the Oregon State Medical Society (Accession 1997-003), we have some correspondence from White to the editors of the Service Bulletin. A letter sent from Australia in September of 1943 reads, in part: "Now as for the Silver Star - just [say] of this "I seen my duty and I done it."

Here, we see John in his graduation photo, 1927.

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