About Harry H. Wahl, M.D.

Biographical Sketch of Harry H. Wahl, M.D.

Harry H. Wahl, M.D.Harry H. Wahl, M.D., was born on May 5, 1866, in Minnesota City, Minnesota. he was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BA, 1908; MA, 1910) and Johns Hopkins University (M.D., 1912). He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1919, replacing Ralph H. Major, M.D., as Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, a position he held for 32 years. Dr. Wahl served as Acting Dean of the School of Medicine from 1923 to 1927 and as Dean from 1927 until 1948. Dr Wahl remained on the faculty following his retirement as Chairman, Department of Pathology, in 1951, and continued to teach and conduct research.

The 1949 Jayhawker, M.D. was dedicated to Dr. Wahl. the dedication, written by Dr. Major, read as follows:

...For more than twenty-five years I have been closely associated with Roswell Wahl, years which have confirmed my initial impression of his industry, integrity, and selfless devotion to the interests of the Medical School... For years he carried the three-fold burden of Dean, Professor of Pathology, and Superintendent of the Hospital, his only recreation being, apparently, a change from one type of work to the other... Wahl took over an institution on a new site with one building and left it with ten. But he did more. He taught by work and example that the physician should be not only skilled in his profession but should have an understanding heart. He trained generations of medical students in pathology... and educated a veritable family of pathologists. These students and disciples will remain an even more lasting monument to Harry Roswell Wahl than the imposing buildings erected during his administration.

Dr. Wahl died on June 18, 1956, at the age of 70.

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