Lucius E. Burch Papers
Collection Scope and Content Summary
- 1818 - 1959
- Burch, Lucius E. (Person)
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Historical or Biographical Note
Dr. Burch was born in 1874 in Nashville. He attended the Webb School in Bell Buckle and was a star football player at Vanderbilt in the 1890's. Receiving his M.D. degree in 1896, Dr. Burch practiced briefly in Bear Spring, Tennessee before studying surgery at St. George's Hospital in London in 1897. Dr. Burch was a professor of gynecology at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine from 1904-1945. He was dean of the Medical School from 1914-1925. After service in France during World War I, he returned to play a key role in the transition between the old medical school and the new one. While supporting the changes proposed by Chancellor Kirkland and Dean-Elect G. Canby Robinson (a new medical school and hospital on the west campus and introduction of a full-time faculty), Dr. Burch upheld the position of the old, local, part-time faculty.
On retiring as dean in 1925, Dr. Burch was appointed chairman of Vanderbilt's department of gynecology and obstetrics, where he served another twenty years. In addition, he continued an active private practice. Dr. Lucius Burch served as president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine and as editor of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1929, he was elected president of the Southern Surgical Association.
2.22 Cubic Feet (6 Hollinger boxes)
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