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Bixby, Dr. Sylvanus N. 1844-1886


Posted By: Paula O'Donnell (email)
Date: 6/27/2011 at 21:25:07

Sylvanus Newell Bixby, M.D., the eldest son of Rev. N.W. and Ruby Bixby, died at Strawberry Point, Iowa, May 10, 1886, aged nearly 42 years. He was born in Starksboro, Vt., May 16, 1844, and came to Iowa when but 3 years old. Received his education at Wasioja, Minn., and Hillsdale College, Mich. For a time he devoted his attention to teaching, and was quite successul in this capacity, and was for several years principal of the Elkader High School. He received his medical education at Rush Medical College, Chicago, and at Keokuk, Iowa. He married Miss Emily Denton, of Fitchville, Ohio, who survives him. He was a member of the Clayton County Medical Societies of Clayton and Delaware, Iowa; of the Iowa State Medical Society, and of the American Medical Association. He was a physician who was beloved and respected by all who knew him. Of genial charecter, sympathetic, and ready to aid whenever called upon to do so, he attracted many friends, and will in consequence be greatly missed in the community in which he labored. He was regular in his attendance upon local society meetings, and ever ready with something of interest.

The Delaware County Medical Society attended his funeral in a body, and gave expression to their esteem for the deceased in the following resolutions: "Resolved, That in the death of S.N. Bixby, M.D., a member of Delaware, Clayton, and Iowa State Medical Societies, and of the American Medical Association, our Society and profession have lost a physician of skill and fidelity, an estimable Christian gentleman, and a faithful member, whose industry and high sense of honor have endeared him to his professional brethren as well as to the community, and whose example in both professional and daily life we earnestly commend to all.

"Resolved, That our heartfelt sympathy be tendered to the family and friends of our deceased brother.
"Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the family of the deceased, and to the local press, and that these resolutions be also spread upon the journal of the Society."

~Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 7, Chicago, 1886


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