FOUTS, MITCHELL, JOHNSON
Posted By: Deb Barker (email)
Date: 12/12/2006 at 18:31:47
Nebraska, The Land and the People, Vol. 2
Doctor Fouts was born on a farm near Bloomfield, Iowa, May 10, 1885, and he is a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of the Hawkeye State, his paternal grandfather having made settlement in Davis County, Iowa, prior to 1835. Doctor Fouts is a son of Allen R. and Elizabeth E. (Mitchell) Fouts, the former of whom passed away on his old homestead near Bloomfield in August, 1927, not far distant from the place of his birth, he having been born in that district of Iowa December 20, 1860. The death of Mrs. Elizabeth E. (Mitchell) Fouts occurred April 7, 1925, and of the nine children seven survive.
Besides Dr. Roy W., of this review, another of the sons, Dr. Ray M., likewise is a member of the medical profession, and he is now engaged in practice in the city of Chicago.
The public schools of his native county were the medium through which Dr. Roy W. Fouts acquired his earlier education, which was supplemented by higher study along academic lines, graduating from the Southern Iowa Normal, Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1902. Following this he taught school for five terms and entered medical college in the fall of 1905. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Illinois as a member of the class of 1909, and, duly fortified with his newly acquired degree of Doctor of Medicine, he engaged in the practice of his profession at Olds, Iowa, where he remained one year. From 1910 to 1918 he was in general practice at Dawson, Richardson County, Nebraska, and he then made all personal interests subordinate to patriotism by doing his bit in the World war. He was commissioned first lieutenant in 1918 in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, and the major part of his service was at Camp Greenleaf, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, where he received his military training, and later became instructor in anatomy at the Army Medical School at Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was stationed at the time the armistice brought the war to a close. After receiving his honorable discharge, December 23, 1918, Doctor Fouts engaged in practice at Falls City, judicial center of Richardson County, Nebraska, until 1922, when he removed to the city of Omaha and assumed his duties in connection with Lord Lister Hospital. The Doctor is a member of the Douglas County Medical Society, has served as vice president of the Nebraska State Medical Society, in which he has held membership seventeen [p.472] years, and he is a member also of the American Medical Association and has represented his state as delegate to the latter organization continuously from 1922 to the present 1928. The Doctor is one of the founders and the secretary of the American College of Radiology and Physical Therapy, and is also an influential member of the Radiological Society of North America and several other medical organizations. Doctor Fouts has written and delivered addresses on X-Ray, physiotherapy and general medicine before various medical societies. For five years prior to coming to Omaha he was councillor from the Third District for the Nebraska State Medical Association.
Doctor Fouts is a Knight Templar Mason, and holds membership in Tangier Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and is affiliated also with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in the latter of which he has passed the various official lodge chairs. He is affiliated actively with the American Legion, in which he is a past commander of Falls City Post No. 102. He has membership in the Omaha Field Club and the game of golf affords him his chief recreation. He is a past president of the Cosmopolitan Club of Omaha and for two years was director of the Ad-Sell Club.
At Bloomfield, Iowa, on the 15th of November, 1903, occurred the marriage of Doctor Fouts and Miss Edna J. Johnson, and they have three children: Xenia A. and Lowell G. and Leon W., twins, who celebrated on the 25th of March, 1928, the twentieth anniversary of their birth. They all are students of the University of Illinois at present.
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