Dr. William Bird van Lennep, Jr.

Dr. William Bird van Lennep, Jr.

Male 1906 - 1962  (56 years)    Has 70 ancestors and 5 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name William Bird van Lennep 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 02 May 1906  Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Aug 1962  Bay Head Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1398343  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2013 

    Father Prof. Dr. Gustave Adolphe van Lennep,   b. 25 Jun 1873, Constantinople, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jul 1967, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Mother Florence Leas,   b. 24 Jul 1883, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1943, Philadelphia, PA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1901  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Family ID F1298891  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Rebecca de Louche Pollard,   b. 13 Aug 1903,   d. 11 Mar 1994  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 1926 
    Divorced 1937 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 13 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1298843  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Martha Melsena Richardson,   b. 23 Feb 1913, San Antonio, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1939 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F1298893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Dr. William Bird van Lennep
    Dr. William Bird van Lennep

    Documents
    The van Lennep Genealogy - Smyrna Branch
    The van Lennep Genealogy - Smyrna Branch

  • Notes 
    • Ph.D. Harvard 1934,
      librarian and teacher,
      curator Harvard University Theatre Widner Library,
      custodian and associate professor Houghton Library,
      teacher drama Harvard and Northeastern Universities
    • Though he was born in Constantinople he spent much of his youth in Tokat in Western Anatolia. When he was sixteen, his parents moved back to the United States where he would finish his formal schooling.
      From 1869 until 1872 William attended the Sedgwick School in Great Barrington, Mass., the very school where his father would later become Director. From there he entered Princeton University, where he graduated in 1876. Prior to entering the Hahnemann Medical School of Philadelphia he spent some time as an assistant to a doctor in LeRoy, the town where his father was a professor at Ingham University.
      William Bird completed his studies at Hahnemann Medical College in 1880, earning the gold medal of the faculty.
      After spending some time in practice he travelled from 1882 until 1884 to London, Paris and Vienna following post-doctoral courses. He subsequently settled as surgeon in Philadelphia. In 1886 he was appointed Professor of Surgery at the Hahnemann Medical Centre. At the same time he practised surgery at a number of other nearby hospitals. In 1888 he purchased the Hahnemanian Monthly, in which he would publish frequently. In 1910 he was appointed Dean of Hahnemann College. During his deanship the faculty was modernised and the teaching facilities much improved.
      Physically a giant, he was a man of remarkable personality and multiplicity of talents. He was wholeheartedly devoted to Hahnemann, sacrificing all efforts and interests in its behalf. As a teacher he is well remembered by all who sat before him. In all matters pertaining to medicine and homeopathy affairs he was consulted frequently by men important in political and medical movements for advancement.

      Sources: Dictionary of American Biography, Volume X, edited by Duncan Malone (New York 1964);
      In Memoriam William Bird van Lennep, M.D., Memorial Service held in the Clinical Amphitheatre of the Hahnemann Hospital, 15th Januaru 1919.


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