Born June 17, 1892, Rex Diveley received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1917. He served during World War I in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army, from 1917 to 1919, as Ward Surgeon, Base Hospital #28, in Limoges, France. Base Hospital #28 was a unit formed of physicians and nurses from the Kansas City area.
In 1923, Dr. Diveley, with Frank Dickson, MD, established the renowned Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Today the clinic maintains a proud heritage and long tradition of providing excellence in patient care, teaching, and clinical research.
Diveley joined the KU School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant in Experimental Medicine from 1928 to 1929. Other appointments included Providence, St. Luke’s, Kansas City General, and Wheatley-Provident hospitals. Dr. Diveley was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1935. Dickson (1935) and Diveley (1947) both served as presidents of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
During World War II, Diveley served as Chief of Rehabilitation Division, Chief Surgeon’s Office, E.T.O.
He discharged as a Colonel and was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit. In 1946, he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the KU School of Medicine, and served as Associate Clinical Professor from 1961-1974. He served as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1947-48. Rex Diveley, MD, died on November 24, 1980.
The Diveley Collection contains, in addition to professional papers from his civilian practice, a considerable amount of WWII information including his Wartime Journals, Tour Reports, Military Hospitals, Surgical Consultants History, and North Africa Camp Inspections. There is a significant photograph collection including images from both World War I and II, and personal photographs. Other information consists of biographical data and Dr. Diveley’s high school diary. There is also a short biography of Frank Dickson, MD, Diveley’s partner in the Clinic.