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Henry V. Kirby

Interviewer: Casey Croy  
Date: May 5, 1983
Identifier: OH070
Approximate Length: 45 min.
Biographical Information: Physician, 1908-1993. Kirby received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in 1933. After one year of internship at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis he returned to his native Harrison, Arkansas to work as a general practitioner. Kirby helped to found and was the first chief of staff of the Northern Arkansas Medical Center.
Summary: Kirby relates how he was a fifth generation graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine, and its antecedent institutions, the Missouri Medical College and the St. Louis Medical College. He talks of returning to Arkansas to take over his uncle’s medical practice in the early 1930s, helping to found the first hospital in Harrison, Arkansas, and serving in the Medical Corps during World War II.
Notes: This interview was recorded during the 50th reunion of the Washington University School of Medicine Class of 1933. Lloyd L. Penn, another member of the class of 1933, joins in the interview, as does another unidentified alumnus. The interview ends abruptly.

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