Alonzo Clark, M.D.
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Dr. Alonzo Clark, the ninth
president of the College, was elected in 1875, while still occupying the
chair of pathology and practical medicine. During the whole time of his
service as professor the growth of his reputation had been uninterrupted
; and among the alumni of the College, the hospital interns and the
profession at large, he was long regarded as the first consulting
practitioner in the city. He seemed to attain this position without
striving for it, by the sole influence of his unobtrusive but
substantial merit. With an integrity and impartiality that were
proverbial, he was equally well known for his assiduity and precision in
the pursuit of knowledge. He was an active member of the Pathological
Society, where he surpassed all others in the number and variety of his
contributions ; and in the Academy of Medicine few speakers could
command more respectful and earnest attention.
His largest field of
activity was Bellevue Hospital, where he was attending physician for
thirty years, and where he found his most abundant material for clinical
study and instruction. In his methods he was industrious, critical and
conservative ; resorting to every available source of information, and
examining with the same caution the conclusions of other observers and
his own. In him, the scientific and practical elements were closely
combined ; and so long as he continued in the practice of his
profession, he never gave up the use of his microscope, his test-tube
and his library.
After a service of nine years Dr. Clark found his physical powers
inadequate to the formal duties of his position, and in 1884 he resigned
the presidency. It was filled by the election of Dr. Dalton, who had
retired from his professorship in the previous year.
Alonzo, physician, born in Chester, Massachusetts, 1 March, 1807 ; died
in New York City, 13 September, 1887. He was graduated at Williams in
1828, and at the College of physicians and surgeons, New York, in 1835.
Afterward he settled in New York City, where he became an eminent
practitioner. He held the chair of pathology and materia medica in
Vermont medical College, of physiology and pathology in the College of
physicians and surgeons m 1848-'55, and of pathology and practical
medicine at the same institution in 1855-'85, where he was also dean and
president of the faculty in 1875-'85. Dr. Clark was also visiting
physician to Bellevue hospital, president of the medical board, and
consuiting physician to St. Luke's hospital and to the Roosevelt
hospital. He was a member of the New York academy of medicine, and of
the American medical association, and was president of the State medical
association in 1853. He was a frequent contributor to the medical press.
Encyclopedia, Copyright © 2001 Virtualology
A. B., Williams, 1828; A. M., 1831, &
Dartmouth, 1844; M. D., Coll. Phys. & Surg., N. Y., 1835, &
LL. D., Univ. Vt., 1853; Prof. Physiol. & Path., Coll. Phys. & Surg.,
1848-56; Prof. Path. & Pract. Med., 1855-87;
Pres. Fac., 1875-83. Died in N. Y. City, 1887, aet. 80.
(The personal edited research
notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or
may not be completely documented)