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Nixon, Sam

  • Person
  • 1927-2003

SAM A. NIXON, M.D., 76, of Nixon died August 17, 2003 in a Victoria hospital. Dr. Nixon was born in Galveston on June 28, 1927, the son of the late Sam A. Nixon, Sr., and Margaret Sandel Nixon. Sam received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M (1946) (Class of 1947) and his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (1950), receiving the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Award from UTMB in 1982. After completing a rotating internship at Fordham Hospital, New York City, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from December 9, 1950 to June 30, 1954, as 11th Field Artillery Battalion Surgeon in Korea and 24th Division Artillery Surgeon in Japan and Korea. He spent twenty-three years as a family physician in rural south Texas (Nixon and Floresville) before moving to Houston at the behest of Truman Blocker, M.D., in 1977 to join The University of Texas Medical School at Houston as Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine. A Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, he was Director of the Division of Continuing Education and Special Assistant to the President for Community and Professional Relations of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1977-1992) and Assistant Dean for Continuing Education at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (1985-1992). After retiring from UTHSCH, he was Associate Medical Director, South Texas Region, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Inc. (September 1992 - July 1994). He has been active in the Gonzales County Medical Society, the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association, serving in the AMA House of Delegates for twenty-five years (1969-1994). He was past president of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (1968) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (1980). He was Chair of the Texas State Rural Medical Education Board (1975-2002). Dr. Nixon was named in December 1985 as a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and was Chair of the Board (1988-1992). On May 20, 1995, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Military Medicine by USUHS. He served as president of the Houston Academy of Medicine (1986) and the Harris County Medical Society (1989). Elected Vice-Speaker of the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates (May 1987), Speaker (May 1989) and President-Elect (May 1990), he was President of the TMA in 1991. The TMA, on May 6, 1999, presented Dr. Nixon with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Texas A & M University and its Association of Former Students honored Dr. Nixon with the Distinguished Alumnus Award on May 1, 1990. In July of 2002, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians presented him the the first Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the specialty of family medicine. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Hughes Nixon, of Nixon; four daughters, Alice Nixon of Bayside, Betsy Carrell and husband Mike of Corpus Christi, Jano Nixon of Houston, Dorothy Robinson and husband Rob of San Leon; two sisters, Margaret Arenas of Houston, Judith Greentree of New York, NY.; six grandchildren, Mark Carrell and Mason Carrell of Corpus Christi, Kleberg Nixon of Houston, Caroline Robinson, Kate Robinson, and Emilie Robinson of San Leon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ohlhausen, Sidney Gordon

  • Person
  • 1912-1995

Dr. Ohlhausen was born in Galveston on October 13, 1912 and died in Houston on December 20, 1995; he is buried at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1933 and from UTMB in 1938. Registered for the draft 16 October 1940; enlisted 1 January 1942. He is Gazetteer record 11175.

Chapman, Don

  • Person
  • 1916-2007

Donald Wilton Chapman was born in Bridgewater, Iowa, on May 21, 1916 and earned both his BA and MD from the University of Iowa. He served as a major in the US Army Medical Corps in the European Theater during World War II. Chapman moved to Houston in 1944 to become one of the ten original faculty members of Baylor College of Medicine. He taught and practiced for fifty years, was a member of numerous professional organizations, and taught as a visiting professor in medical schools around the United States and the world. The Harris County Medical Society awarded him the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award in 1976. Dr. Chapman died on May 3, 2007 in Houston.

Russell, Walter J.

  • Person

Walter J. Russell received his medical education at St. Louis University Medical School. He graduated in 1952 with a Doctor of Medicine degree. He is a member of several learned societies. They are as follows: Diplomate American Board Radiology (radiology), American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Health Physics Society, Nippon Societas Radiologica, New York Academy of Sciences, Pan American Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Nuclear Medicine. In July of 1959, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Radiology of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Dr. Russell continued his to conduct his research with the ABCC successor organization, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. His association with RERF continues today. Dr. Russell, his wife Mitsuko and children still live in Hiroshima Japan.

Murad, Ferid

  • Person
  • 1936-2023

Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., was born in Indiana in 1936. He graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1958 and went on to complete an MD-PhD program at Western Reserve University in Cleveland and attended Massachusetts General Hospital for his internship and residency. Later, he went on to work with the NIH as a clinical associate in the Heart Institute as well as with the University of Virginia, Stanford, Abbott Laboratories, and the Molecular Geriatrics Corporation. He came to Houston in 1997 to work with the University of Texas Health Science Center.

At UTHealth's McGovern Medical School in Houston, Murad was the inaugural chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, Pharmacology, and Physiology. He also served as Director of the Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine.

Murad was a co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with nitric oxide and cyclic GMP. He was awarded alongside Robert F. Furchgott and Louis J. Ignarro.

Murad died Sept. 4, 2023 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 86.

“Ferid Murad – Biographical.” Les Prix Nobel, 1998. Web.
"In Memoriam: Ferid Murad, MD, PhD," McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston, Scoop Newsletter, Week of September 7, 2023.

Yoffe, Boris

  • Person
  • 1949-

Boris M. Yoffe was born August 24, 1949. He earned an MD in 1974 from the Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He has taught gastroenterology at Baylor since 1983.

Schnur, Sidney

  • Person
  • 1910-1997

Sidney A. Schnur (June 23, 1910 – April 8, 1997) was born in Manhattan, New York and earned his MD from New York University in 1935. He was a physician and a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and he served as president of the Harris County Medical Society in 1972.

One of Schnur’s patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital, near death from cardiogenic shock (when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs) after a heart attack, was the test for Denton Cooley’s heart-lung machine in April 1956; the patient lived another six weeks before succumbing to a second heart attack.

Sobocinski, Robert

  • Person
  • 1928-2009

Robert Stanley Sobocinski was born April 6, 1928 in North Tonawanda, New York. He earned his MD from the University of Buffalo Medical School and served as medical officer in the US Navy between 1952 and 1955, aboard the USS Siboney. He was a family physician in Houston for many years. He died August 4, 2009, and is buried at Forest Park East in Webster

Miles, Thomas F.

  • Person
  • 1858-1937

Thomas Franklin Miles, MD, was born in either Bullock County or Montgomery, Alabama, on February 28, 1858. His family moved to San Antonio in 1867 and then north to McLennan County, near Bruceville, in 1868. He taught for several before attending Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He practiced first in Eddy and then in Lorena, Texas. He helped organized Lorena's First National Bank and was elected bank president in 1908. He also owned 4,000 acres of ranch land. He died on May 7, 1938 after living and practicing in the Lorena area for 54 years and is buried in Lorena Cemetery.

Jensen, Francine

  • Person
  • 1917-2004

Francine Jensen was born August 1, 1917, in Memphis, Tennessee. She earned a BA from the University of Texas, an MD from UTMB, and a Master’s of Public Health from Tulane University, and did both an internship and residency at Jefferson Davis Hospital. In the 1940s she became the assistant director of Harris County’s Chronic Illness Prevention Program, which was intended to help people manage ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. She was the director of the Houston Public Health Department’s CICP for six years and ultimately became the HPHD’s first female director. She retired in 1985. She held faculty appointments with Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas School of Public Health. She died November 8, 2004, in Houston

Byers, John R.

  • Person
  • 1876-1961

John R. Byers was born in Iowa on April 20, 1876 (gravestone says 1874) and died in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 25, 1961. He is buried at Cedar Township Cemetery in Fonda. He was living in South Palmyra, Macoupin County, Illinois, in 1920, and in Fonda, Pocahontas County, Iowa, in 1930. Lake Forest University operated the Rush Medical School from 1887 to 1898. His brother, Dr. Albert G. Byers, died in 1957 in Coggan/Coggon, Linn County, Iowa.

Ivan F. Duff, MD

  • Person
  • 1915-1994

Dr. Ivan Frances Duff was born July 20, 1915 in Pendleton, Oregon. He died in October 1994. He graduated from the University of Oregon and the University of Michigan Medical School, where he completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, as an instructor, becoming a Professor in 1960. Dr. Duff founded the Turner Geriatric Clinic at the University of Michigan Medical Center. His major interest was in the field of rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Duff was a member of U.S. Naval Reserve and served on active duty as a commander in the Submarine Medical Service in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1946. After the war, he returned to the University of Michigan where he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Duff's interest in epidemiology led to studies with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) beginning in 1964. He was a researcher with the ABCC from 1967-1975 and then with the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) from 1975-1986. He studied the incidence and prevelance of rheumatoid arthritis and gout in Hiroshima and Nagasaki patients.

In 1980, Dr. Duff was a member of an American Physician Exchange Group of twelve doctors visiting the People's Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. This initial visit led to a long relationship between Dr. Duff and the Chinese medical community. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Duff was a research consultant at Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Beijing, People's Republic of China, where he collaborated in epidemiologic studies of rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Duff was a leader in the field of rheumatology. He was the recipient of many awards and honors and served on many national panels.

Dr. Duff died at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 27, 1994 at the age of 79.

Folley, Jarrett H.

  • Person
  • 1913-1991

Dr. Jarrett H. Folley served as the Medical Director of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from 1950 to 1951, during his leave of absence from the Hichcock Clinic, Hanover, New Hampshire. The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission was authorized by directive of the President of the United States in 1946. During the same year it was established under the auspices of the National Research Council with the support of the Atomic Energy Commission for the purpose of studying long-term medical effects of the atomic bombs exploded in Japan in 1945. In 1948 the ABCC initiated the first survey of the incidence of leukemia in populations exposed to high energy radiation by the explosion of an atomic bomb. Folley published his report on the incidence of leukemia in the survivors of the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the American Journal of Medicine in 1952.

Folley was born August 25, 1913, in Syracuse, New York. He graduated from Harvard Medical School. His medical training included Mary Hitchock Memorial Hospital, New Haven Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jarrett H. Folley's major interest was in the field of internal medicine. Jarrett H. Folley, M.D. served as the President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Hanover, New Hampshire from 1964 to 1974. He died in May 8, 1991 in Windsor, Connecticut.

Pruessner, Harold

  • Person
  • 1925-2007

Harold Trebus Pruessner was born February 19, 1925, in San Antonio. He attended Texas A&M University and earned an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1948. He served in the Navy during the Korean war and then practiced in Corpus Christi for more than twenty years. He joined the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 1972 as the second member of its department of family practice. Dr. Pruessner was an early advocate of preventive medicine. He retired in 1993 and died December 21, 2007 at his ranch in Caldwell.

Warwick, Harold Lynwood

  • Person
  • 1877-1941

Dr. Harold Warwick was born November 8, 1877, in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from the Academy of Richmond County in 1895 with a degree in engineering and from the University of Georgia with an MD in 1900. He married Lydia A. Houston in Savannah on November 28, 1901 and they moved to Fort Worth in 1903. He served as a captain in the medical corps during World War I and was decorated by the French. He was an inveterate tinkerer and invented an early type of wire recorder in 1932. He died of bladder cancer, which his obituary attributes to his early experimentation with radiography, on April 28, 1941 in Fort Worth.

Brown, A. G. Boss

  • Person
  • 1873-1959

Arthur Gramson Boss Brown was born in Bosworth, Missouri, on February 10, 1873. He graduated from Simms Medical College in St. Louis in 1902 and moved to Dean Lake, Missouri, in 1903 but returned to Bosworth later that year and spent the rest of his life there. He retired due to failing health and sold his practice in 1948. Dr. Brown and his wife Clemma were killed when their car struck a bridge in Carrollton, Missouri, in February 1959 and are buried in Elizabeth Cemetery, south of Hale, Missouri. Most of the family seems to have stayed in Missouri but their son Dr. Wilson Gordon Brown (18 January 1914- 23 December 1990, buried at Elizabeth Cemetery) lived in Houston, which is probably why the Library has the bag. Dr. Brown’s brother William Gordon Brown (1865-1931) was also a doctor in Carroll County.
There are a lot of small items about Dr. Brown, and sometimes his brother, in social columns in old northern Missouri newspapers. One of them teases Dr. Brown about being a “regular practitioner” in reference to his formal training, as opposed to a “domestic practitioner”, who might have been apprenticed and/or self-taught. Because of the lax standards for entering medical school until well into the twentieth century, and patients’ tendency to trust known locals, “regular doctors” and formal training apparently had a hard time gaining acceptance in the public mind. Marion-Simms Medical College, later Marion-Simms-Beaumont College, was a (homeopathic? I’ve seen hints but cannot verify) medical school run by a group of physicians that operated from at least 1883 to the early 1900s. It was purchased by the Jesuit Brothers in 1903 and paired with St. John’s Hospital, and eventually merged with the much older medical department of Saint Louis University.

Rankin, Douglas H.

  • Person
  • 1949 -

Family physician Douglas H. Rankin was born August 23, 1949.

Diagnostic Clinic of Houston

  • Corporate body
  • 1957-

The Diagnostic Clinic of Houston was established in 1957 when the nine founding members joined together to form a group practice. This organization was conceived in an attempt to provide the patients with the highest quality health care. It focuses primarily on internal medicine, with many subspecialties. (Source:

Moursund, Walter H.

  • Person
  • 1884-1959

Walter Henrik Moursund was born in Fredericksburg, Texas on August 13, 1884. One of eight children, he was the son of District Judge Albert Waddell and Henrikke M. Moursund, both immigrants from Norway. Dr. Moursund was later to attribute his interest in the study of medicine to the kindliness of a family doctor who helped him recover from a childhood illness. Following graduation from Fredericksburg High School, Dr. Moursund received his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1906. He married the former Freda Adelaide Plate of Seguin in 1907 and for the next several years was a general practitioner in Fredricksburg, Seguin, Marion, Lavernia and Sulphur Springs, Texas. During World War I he served with the army as a captain and then major.
Dr. Moursund's association with Baylor University College of Medicine began in 1911 when he joined the staff as an assistant in pathology and bacteriology. The college was at this time located in Dallas, and in the ensuing years Dr. Moursund served in a variety of roles, including professor of physiology, pathology, clinical pathology, bacteriology and hygiene. He also served as secretary and registrar, as acting dean, and finally as dean from 1923 until his retirement in 1953. His tenure spanned the years of Baylor's move to Houston in 1943 and its growth as part of the newly-created Texas Medical Center. His file of clippings and other material documenting the medical school's growth became the basis for A History of Baylor University College of Medicine 1900-1953, published by Dr. Moursund in 1956. Material concerning other medical institutions in the Houston area provided the basis for a second book, Medicine in Greater Houston 1836-1956,which was prepared as a manuscript but never published. Dr. Moursund's professional affiliations included membership in the American Medical Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the Harris County Medical Society. The Texas Medical Association elected him to emeritus membership in 1950. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Baylor University in 1946, and in 1951 the Walter H. and Freda Moursund Endowment was established at Baylor College of Medicine. Upon retirement from Baylor in 1953, Dr. Moursund was named dean emeritus and director of endowment. Dr. Moursund died April 2, 1959, and is buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

Cutler, John Earl

  • Person
  • 1877-1929

John Earl Cutler MD was born March 3, 1877, probably in Canaan, Ohio. He practiced allopathic medicine. He earned a medical degree in 1903 from Eclectic Medical College, Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was licensed in Ohio in 1903 and in Texas in 1907. He was practicing medicine in Crosby, Texas by 1903 and later in Houston, Texas around July 17, 1922. Dr. Cutler served as the Harris County Health Officer in 1908 and 1909. He died in 1929 in Crosby, Texas, of stomach cancer and was buried in Houston's Forest Park Cemetery.

[Source: Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929; American Medical Association; 1993.] [See also Eclectic Medical College Records, 1845-1942, Collection No. 3 at]

Powell family

  • Family
  • 1907-1992

Biographical Sketch (move to authority record when archival description is created):
Lucius LeClere Powell, MD, was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Sept. 30, 1907. Grandfather William Eugene Powell, MD, 1881-1964, was a general practitioner and was the primary physician of Mechanics Institute.

At age 11 contracted Rheumatic fever and spent nearly one year in bed. He graduated from the University of Rochester, receiving BA with a transfer of first year of medical school. He matriculated after 3 years of college. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, which was his father’s alma mater.

Met and married wife at Michigan, Olivia Gilkey, returning to Rochester for his internship. He practiced with his father for several years until the advent of WWII. He spent 3.5 years in the army and discharged as a major and served in England, probably a general practitioner. He received the Bronze star for his medical work.
Olivia dies in 1992 at age 82.

He returned to the US after a 3 month refresher course in medicine joined the VA. He served as staff officer and ultimately as chief of medicine in several VA hospitals. Retiring after several years as manager of the VA hospital in Huntington, WVA where he raised his children.
He died at age 79 in 1986 as a result of non-hodgkins lymphoma initiated in the lymph nodes of the side of his face where he had been irradiated for tinea Barbie.
Three children, William E. Powell II, named after your grandfather, Susan Gilkey Powell, and Sara Ann Powell.