Medical Club of Philadelphia
The Medical Club of Philadelphia was founded in the Nineteenth century, as a social club of doctors devoted to non-medical interests. Lots of famous names, here.
HONORED AND PROGRAMS
The Club was organized as a reception association. Its principal objective was to entertain men of distinction at Receptions. They were successful in securing guests from many parts of the world. The jewel among their guests was, of course, President William Howard Taft.
During the early years of the Club it was relatively easy to secure guests from Europe because Philadelphia was a major port of entry for European visitors.
Since many of the meetings of the American Medical Association, and other medical groups, were held In Atlantic City and Philadelphia, notable medical personages were readily available.
There were also guests from off the beaten path, such as the Ambassador from Syria, and physicians from the Orient. It is fairly obvious, from the record, that some members of the Club were military officers, which could account for the number of medical military guests.
While some of the programs were simple entertainment, or may seem strange by present-day standards, it must be noted that most of their speakers presented messages of considerable substance and vision.
On several occasions, they called on the Madrigal Singers for entertainment. They were their fall back program, called at those times when they could not get a guest of their choosing, or when a guest canceled at the last minute.
Over the years it became more difficult to obtain Honored Guests, and they began hosting speakers, paying them nominal honoraria.
They entertained more than one Guest of Honor on some occasions. There were several instances in which they entertained large groups of physicians. (In some instances complete titles or subjects are not available.)
1893 Dr. George M. Sternberg, Surgeon General, U.S.A.
1894 Dr. William Pepper, Philadelphia
Dr. McCormick, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, and others
1895 Dr. John. M. Da Costa, Philadelphia
1896 Dr. Charles McBurney, New York City
The American Neurological Association
1897 Dr. Howard A. Kelly, Baltimore
Members of the American Medical Association
1898 Dr. William L. Rodman, Philadelphia 1899 Dr. William T. Bull, New York City
Page 59Dr. John G. Clark, Philadelphia
Dr. William B. Coley, New York City
Dr. Simon Flexner, New York City
Dr. George W. Guthrie, Wilkes Barre
1900 Dr. Frank Billings, Chicago
Dr. James M. Bodine, Louisville
Dr. Alonzo Garcelon, Maine
Dr. Abraham Jacobi, New York City
Dr. Maurice H. Richardson, Boston
Dr. George H. Simmons, Chicago
Dr. Charles D. Stockton
1901 Dr. Charles L. Dana, New York City
Dr. Thomas D. Davis, Pittsburgh, President, Medical Society
of the State of Pennsylvania, and members.
General Walter Wyman, Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, U.S.
1902 Dr. Adolph Lorenz, Vienna
Dr. Presley M. Rixey, Surgeon General U.S.N.
Dr. William M. Welch, Philadelphia
Dr. John A. Wyeth, New York City, President, American
1903 Dr. C. A. Ewald, Berlin
Dr. Hans Kehr, Halberstadt
Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, Philadelphia
Dr. William Osler (Accepted but unable to attend)
Dr. George H. Simmons, Chicago, Secretary, American Medical Association
Professor Herman Tillmans, Leipsic
Professor VonMikulicz-Redecki, Breslau
1904 Sir Lauder Bnmton, London
Dr. John H. Musser, Philadelphia, President, American Medical Association
Dr. Oscar Liebrich, Berlin
Dr. William B. Ulrich, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
1905 Dr. Adolph Koenig, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
A group of prominent American medical publishers
Dr. Carl Van Noorden, Germany
1906 Dr. Oscar H. Allis, Philadelphia
Dr. W. M. Late Coplin, Philadelphia
Dr. William H. Hartzell, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. George McClellan, Philadelphia
Dr. Edward A. Spitzka, Philadelphia
1907 Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, New York City, President,
Dr. Herbert L. Burrell, Boston, President-elect, American
Dr. Isaac C. Gable, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Richard Watson Gilder, Editor, Century Magazine
Dr. Carl Hess, Wurtzburg
Dr. Edward Kocher, Berne, Switzerland John L. Long, Philadelphia
Dr. Alexander Marcy, Jr., President, State of New Jersey
Dr. Lewis S. McMurtrie, Louisville
Medical Society of the Professor Albert Smythe, Philadelphia
Dr. James Tyson, President, College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Dr. James B. Walker, President, Philadelphia County Medical Society
1908 Dr. Samuel G. Dixon, Pennsylvania Commissioner of Public Health
Dr. Albert M. Eaton, President, Philadelphia County Medical American Society
Dr. William L. Estes, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. W. C. Evans, Chicago, Public Health officer Colonel William C. Gorgas President-elect, American Medical Association
Dr. Lewis S. Pitcher, Brooklyn, NY
General Walter Wyman, Public Health And Marine Hospital Service, U.S.
1909 Colonel William C. Gorgas, President, American Medical Association
Dr. Joseph S. Neff, Director of Public Hea1th and Charities, Philadelphia
Dr. George W. Wagoner, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. Willaim C. Welsh, Baltimore, President, American Medical Association
Officers and members of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
1910 Dr. C. F. Stokes, Surgeon General, U,S,N.
Hon. Edwin S. Stuart, Governor, Pennsylvania
Dr. George H. Torney, Surgeon General, U.S.A. Semicentennarian physicians
Page 611911 Dr. Edward Martin, President -elect, Clinical Congress of Surgeons of North America
Dr. Albert J. Ochsner, President, Clinical Congress of Surgeons of North America Hon. William Howard Taft
Recently elected professors, University of Pennsylvania: Dr. A. M. Richards, Alonzo E. Taylor, Robert M. Pearce, Drs. Gwilym G. Davis, Milton B. Hartzell, Edward Martin, John B. Deaver, M. Howard Fussell and Alfred Stengel
1912 Hon. Rudolph Blankenburg, Mayor, Philadelphia
Dr. Alexander R. Craig, Secretary, American Medical Association
Dr. Abraham Jacobi, President American Medical Association
Dr. James Tyson, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. John A. Witherspoon, President-elect, American Medical Association.
Hon. William Daniel Baugh, Hon. Charles C. Harrison, Hon.John H. McFadden and Hon. E. T. Stotesbury
1913 Hon. F. Amadee Bregy, Hon. Mayer Sulzberger, Hon. Charles B. McMichael, Hon. Robert N. Wilson, Hon. J. Wills Martin, Presidents, Court of Common Pleas, Hon. Morris Dallett, Judge of the Orphans' Court, Philadelphia. Hon. James B. Holland, Judge, U.S. District Court, Philadelphia
John Grier Hibben, D.D., LL.D., President, Princeton University
Dr. Thomas McCrae and Philip B. Hawk, PhD., New professors, Jefferson Medical College
1914 George H. Campbell, A. T. Dice and S. C. Long, Railroad Executives
Dr. Edward B. Heckel, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. Enoch Hollingshead, President, Medical Society of the State of New Jersey
Dr. William P. Orr, Jr., President. Delaware State Medical Society (unable to attend)
Dr. William L. Rodman, President-elect, American Medical Association
Dr. Victor C. Vaughn, President, American Medical Association
Major General Leonard H. Wood, U.S.A.
Page 621915 Rear Admiral William S. Benson, U.S.N.
Dr. Rupert Blue, President-elect American Medical Association
Rear Admiral William C. Braisted, Surgeon General, U.S.N.
Russell H. Conwell, D.D., President Temple University Alba B. Johnson, Esp., Representing the President, Jefferson Medical College
David Milne Esp., President, Medico-Chirurgical College Edgar Fahs Smith, Provost, University of Pennsylvania
1916 Dr. Charles A. E. Codman, President-elect, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. Wilmer Krusen, Director, Public Health and Charities, Philadelphia
Dr. John B. MacAlister President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. Alexander Marcy, Jr., representing the President, Medical Society of the State of New Jersey
Dr. George L. McKelway, President, Delaware State Medical Society
Living Past Presidents of the Club: Drs. James M. Anders, L. Webster Fox, Hobart A. Hare, Edward E. Montgomery, Samuel D. Risley, James C. Wilson, and Dr. S. Lewis Ziegler
1917 Colonel John Gribbel, President, Union League of Philadelphia Dr. Chevalier Jackson, Philadelphia
Hon. George B. Orlady, M.D, LL.D., President-Judge, Superior Court, Pennsylvania
Dr. Morton Prince, Boston
1918 Rear Admiral J. M. Helm, Commandant, Fourth Naval District
Hon. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Mr. B. G. A. Moynihan, Distinguished British surgeon display Frank Schamberg and. Torrance Rugh, MD, Newly appointed Professors of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College
Rear Admiral Benjamin Tappan, Commandant, Philadelphia Navy Yard
1919 Major General Merriete W. ireland, Surgeon General, U.S.A.
Hon. J. Hampton Moore, Mayor, Philadephia, and his Cabinet.
Hon. William Potter, President, Board Trustees, Jefferson Medical College
Hon. Robert L. Owen, Senator, Oklahoma
Page 63Hon. William C. Sproul, Governor, Pennsylvania
Foreign Delegates to the American Medical Association: From England; Rear Admiral E. R. Dimsey, Major W. Hey Groves, Lt. Colonel, Arthur F. Hurst, Sir Arbuthnot Lane, Dr. A. Graham Little, Lt. Colonel, Sir Shirley Murphy, Sir St. Clair Thomson
From France: Professor P. Begouin, Major F. La Maitre and Professor R. Pique From China: Major S. T. Lee From Japan: Dr. S. Uchino
1920 Rt. Hon. Sir Auckland Geddes, Ambassador, Great Britain Dwight W. Morrow, Esq.
Samuel M. Vauclain, President, Baldwin Locomotive Works
1921 Dr. W. Blair Bell, Liverpool
Mr. Richard G. Rows, London
Dr. George E. Vincent, President, Rockefeller Foundation (unable to attend)
Sir Harold J. Stiles, Regius Professor Clinical Surgery, University of Edinborough
1922 Hon. Thomas E. Finnegan, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania
His Excellency, Jules J. Jusserand, Ambassador, France Hon. John Monaghan, Associate Judge, Court of Common Please
Hon. George W. Pepper, U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith, ex-provost, University of Pennsylvania
1923 Hon. Royal S. Copeland, M.D., George E. Vincent, LL.D., President, Rockefeller Foundation
Dr. Hubert Work, Past President, American Medical Association
1924 Frank Aydelotte, D.Lit., LL.D., President, Swarthmore College
Dr. Edward A. Stitt, Surgeon General U.S.N.
William P. Wilson, D.SC., Director, Philadelphia Commercial Museum
1925 Samuel B. Fleisher Mr. J. Basil Hall, President, British Medical Association Hon, Judge Joseph H. Taulane
1926 Dr. Francis B. Haas, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Pennsylvania
The fourteen living Original members of the Club Dr. Harry W. Albertson, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Page 64Dr. Arthur C. Morgan, President-elect, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
1927 Homer Folks, Secretary, State Aid Association of New York Charles H. Grakelow, Director of Public Welfare, Philadelphia
Dr. John M. T. Finney. Professor of Clinical Surgery, Johns Hopkins
Prof. Gemmeltoft, Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Copenhagen
1928 Rev. M. Herbert Burke, Valley Forge Chapel
Dr. William LaMotte, President, Delaware State Medical Society
Dr. Walt P. Conaway, Past President, Medical Society of the State of New Jersey
Dr. Ephrbm R. Mulford, President, Medical Society of the State of New Jersey
Dr. William T. Sharpless, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
1929 Dr. George E. Barnes, Secretary, Pennsylvania Committee on Selection of Rhodes Scholars.
Dr. Hofarth E. Fuchs, Professor Emeritus of Opthalmology, Vienna
1930 Cyrus H. K. Curtis, Publisher, Philadelphia
Dr. William Mather Lewis, President, Lafayette College
1931 Dr. Theodore B. Appel, Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Dr. William P. Mayer, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
Dr. Charles Falkowsky, Jr., President-elect, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
1932 The Madrigal Singers
Dr. J. Norman Henry, Director of Public Health, Philadelphia
Dr. George A. Knowles Assistant Director of Public Health, Philadelphia
Hon. Harry S. McDevitt
1933 Dr. Edward H. Cary, President, American Medical Association
Officers and members of the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania. (In cooperation with the Philadelphia County Medical Society.)
1934 Don Rose, Eric Knight and Charles Sykes from the EVENING LEDGER
Surviving original members of the Club: Drs. T. Chalmers Fulton, George Goebel and Isador P. Strittmatter.
Hon. Lewis L. Fawcett, Justice, Supreme Court, New York
1935 Harry W. A. Hanson, D.D., LL.D., President, Gettysburg College
Major General Charles R. Reynolds, Surgeon General, U.S.A.
1936 Hon. Sanford Bates, Justice Department, Bureau of Prisons Hon. George A. Welsh, Judge, United States District Court
1937 Dr. Lewellyn F. Barker, Emeritus Professor, Johns Hopkins University
William H. Gray, Esp., Philadelphia
1938 George H. Elliott, Whitehall Cement Manufacturing Co. Franklin Moore, Pennsylvania State Hotel Association
1939 A. Bernard Leckie, Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigations James E. Gheen, Entertaining speaker
1940 Howard W. Haggard, Professor. Applied Psychology, Yale University
Hon. Harold B. Wells, New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals
1941 John Guiton, Assistant Professor, French Literature, Bryn Mawr College
William Mather Lewis, Director of Selective Service, Pennsylvania
1942 Frazier Hunt, Lecturer
William Duncan, Washington correspondent
1943 Edward S. Bayard, Editor, PENNSYLVANIA FARMER Hon. Walter H. Judd, M.D. Member of Congress, Fifth District, Minnesota
1944 James V. Bennett, Director, Bureau of Prisons Frazier Hunt, Lecturer
1945 Dr. M. Fraser James, D.D., Ph.D. William S. Livinggood, Jr., Secretary of Internal Affairs, Pennsylvania
Franklin Moore, International Hotel Association
1946 Three movies for January meeting William L. Estes, President, Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania
John H. McCullough, Washington Bureau, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
1947 Hon. Smith L. Multer, Past President. Sons of the American Revolution
Hon. Owen J. Roberts, Former Justice, United States Supreme Court
1948 Charles Love, THE EVENING BULLETIN Dr. Edward L. Bortz, President, American Medical Association
Dr. Gilson Colby Engel, President, State of Pennsylvania
Herbert C. Lanks, "Highway to Alaska''
1949 Theodore R. Distler, "What A Citizen Owes His Country'' Edmund H. Harding, Humorist
1950 Dr. George E. Pfahler, film, "A Picturesque Cruise to South America''
James A. Fowler, Director of Education, Academy of Natural Sciences
Edmund W. Harding "Hardening of the Arteries"
1951 Film on Australian Aborigines
Dr. George Lull, President American Medical Association (Major P. Mowitz spoke on "Korea")
Illustrated program on Insects, Butterflies and Foliage
1952 Roy K. Marshall, "On the Nature of Things'' Commander J. M. Anderson, "A 21,000 Mile Trip From Cairo To Capetown''
Roy Howells, Humorist
1953 Dr. Arthur Secord, "Painting Haystacks''
Caskie Sinnett, "Humor Is a Funny Thing''
Louis F. Budenz, Editor, DAILY WORKER, "The Cry Is Peace"
of the 1954 Michael McDougal, "Cards and Film: "Tigre"
Harold Van Dooren, Piano soloist
1955 Walter Hall, Professor of History, Princeton. (He spoke at great length.)
Dr. Elmer Hess, President American Medical Association, "What the American Medical Association Means to the Component Doctor''
Dr. George E. Pfahler, film, "Ancient and Modern Peru''
1956 Hubert N. Alyea, Princeton, "Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy"
Hon. Herve Alphand Ambassador from France
1957 Hon. Walter H. Judd, Member of Congress Hon. Sarid Zenniddene, Ambassador from Syria. ''Resurgence of Arab Nations in the World Today''
Ivy Baker Priest, Treasurer, United States, enriches Money Cannot Buy''
1958 Paul F. Gemmill, PhD., Professor of Economics, The Wharton School
Louis R. Inwood, Surgeon General, U.S.A., "History of Aviation''
Senator Hugh Scott, "A Report From Washington"
Rae V. Biester, Director, of the United States Mint, "Making Money-A Fascinating Business''
1959 Captain Walter Welham Medical Corps, U.S.N., "Atlantic Submarine Fleet''
Dr. Stanley P. Reimann, "Inspecting Hospitals In India''
1960 Winfield C. Cook, "Experiences in Eastern Europe''
Ivan Peterman, International Correspondent
Hon. Robert A. Forsythe, Assistant Secretary, Health, Education and Welfare "Humanity and Freedom''
1961 J. Kenneth Doherty, Director, Penn Relays, "A Sports Approach to Positive Medicine''
Captain Roland A. Bossee, Medical Corps, U.S.N., "Space and Space Suits''
Musical trio and film, "Variations on an Italian Theme''
1962 John S. Biddle, "Racing Windjammers''
Louis P. Shannon, "The Menace of the Uninformed''
1963 Les Keiter, WFIL Sports, "Highlights of Sports''
Quentin Keynes, "From Dodos to Devil Rays''
1964 Albert Barnes, "Project Apollo-Reaching For The Moon''
Quentin Keynes, "Twisting Makondi''
1965 John Biddle, "Tea Time at Cape Brett'
' Dr. I. M. Levitt, Fels Planetarium, "The Moon-Target For Tomorrow''
1966 Kenneth Jackman, PhD., "A Short Ride On The Twentieth Century Limited''
Professor Hubert Alyea, Princeton, "Lucky Accident- Great Discoveries and The Prepared Mind''
1967 Arthur W. Robinson, Jr., "United States Program in Space'' Robert Grant, "Snake Hunt In the Dismal Swamp''
1968 A. J. Ramsey, M.D., Professor of Anatomy, Jefferson Medical College, "The Four Seasons''
Donald Barnhouse, News Analyst
1969 William H. Krogman, PhD., "Registry of Life and Death in the Skeleton''
Dr. John M. Fogg, Director, Barnes Arboretum, "Plants for Medical Use''
1970 Douglas Courtney, PhD., "The Logic of Investment Decision Making''
Mortimer Enright, American Medical Association Speakers'
Bureau, "Unaccustomed As I Am To Public Speaking'' 1971 Robert M. Landis, Esp., Chancellor Philadelphia Bar Association, "A Margin For Survival''
William Murphy, President, Campbell Soup Company 1972 Dr. Kenneth Poole, Bell Laboratories, "Magnetic and Bubble Devices'
Charles K. Cox, President, Insurance Company of North America, "Two Advances Modern Medicine Has Not Made''
1973 Hon. D. Donald Jamieson, Judge of Court of Common Pleas, "Crisis in the Courts''
Froelich Rainey, Director, University Museum, "Unsolved Mysteries In Archeology''
Dr. William Mather Lewis, Lafayette College 1974 Harry R. Madiera, General Coal Co., "What's Happening In the Energy Crisis''
Elkins Weatherall, "The Securities Exchanges and Where They Are Going''
1975 John Sandusky, Eagles line coach, "Eagles Football''
Seymour Wollbein, Dean, Temple Business School, "7 signs for the 70s''
1976 Lamont Moore, ''The Venus Fixers''
Roy E. Morgan, ''Reporting the News in Today's Media Mix''
1977 Frances R. Fussell, PhD., ''Then and Now Politically Speaking''
Bill J. Blair, "Interesting Experiences in Building 51 Medical Facilities''
1978 Richard J. James, Ph.D. Director, Schuylkill Valley Nature Center, "The Ultimate Consumer A Slow Learner''
1979 Tony and Michael Fairbanks, "Gas and Hot Air Balloons in the United States and Europe''
"An Evening With the Philadelphia Mummers''
1980 Frederick I. Ordway, "The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey"
Michael Halberstam, Editor, MODERN MEDICINE, "The Washington Scene''
1981 The Medications, A group of Lansdale physicians, "An Evening of Dixie Land Jazz''
James T. Helsper, M.D, "California to Switzerland in a Small Plane''
1982 Dr. William Y Rial, President-Elect, American Medical Association, "Shall We Hold a Wake for Peer Review?"
Dr. Howard H. Steel, "Madeira My Dear''
1983 Musical Program by a group from the Orpheus Club Singers from the Savoy Company
1984 Dr. Warner D, Bundens, Master watchmaker, "It's About Time''
Dr. Howard H Steel, "Bernkastler Doktor, Trockenbeeren Auslese and All That"
1985 Richard J. James, Ph.D. "The Restless Earth''
Dr. Joseph M. Gambescia, "The Shroud of Turin''
1986 James C. Humes, Esp., "An Evening With Churchill" Melvin J. Ehrin
1987 Digby Baltzell, PhD., Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, "Philadelphia, A Host to the Founding Fathers''
Frederick L. Voight, Esp., Executive Secretary, Committee of 70, "Medicine and the Constitution''
1988 Elizabeth Anderson, Associate Curator for Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art, "The McIlhenny Collection''
David Gallagher, Pennsylvania Ballet and a cast of 10 on "Classic Dance''
1989 Anatole Pohorilenko, PhD., "Medical Aspects of a PreMayan Civilization, 1500 b.c.-300 b.c.''
Julia Lopez and the Flamenco School of dancers, with Carlos Rubio, guitarist.
1990 Mary Hyatt Schnabel, Philadelphia Medicine in the Early 20th Century-Looking Towards our Centennial in 1992''
Robert F. Dee, Former Chief Executive Officer, and Chair- man of the Board of Directors, Smith Kline Beecham Corporation, "Pharmacopoeia Excelsior-How Drugs will Continue to Revolutionize Medicine''
1991 Paula Bram Amar PhD., "Sex In a Forbidden Zone-professional Practice and Sexual Conduct''
1992 Dr. Richard A. Lippin, Medical Director, ARCO Chemical Co., "Medicine and the Arts''
Dr. G. John DiGregorio, "Space Medicine''
Originally published: Tuesday, April 14, 2009; most-recently modified: Monday, May 13, 2019