Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Dr Paul Kelly

Paul Harold Kelly
Leslie Florentine Kelly
on a camping trip
photo courtesy Wil Cooper
Dr. Paul H. Kelly
Dr. Paul H. Kelly, well known as a surgeon in Saint Paul for the past thirty-six years, died suddenly at the age of sixty-three at St. Joseph's Hospital on January 9, 1948.
The youngest of eight children, Dr. Kelly was born on October 5, 1884, the son of the late Daniel W. Kelly and Mary Collins Kelly. By a strange coincidence his death took place in the same hospital in which he was born.
He attended the Saint Paul grade schools, Cretin and Central High schools and Hamline University for a year. He received his degree as pharmaceutical chemist in 1904 and his M.D. in 1911, both from the University of Minnesota. During the later years of his medical training, he lived at St. Joseph's Hospital in the capacity of an extern. During this time, he also acted when called upon as relief for the police surgeon at night.
After graduation in 1911, Dr. Kelly interned at Ancker Hospital, then known as the City and County Hospital in Saint Paul, was city physician from 1912 to 1914, and a member of the surgical staff of Ancker Hospital from 1912 to 1928. He was also a member of the staffs of St. Joseph's, Miller, St. Lukes, Midway and St. John's Hospital. He was a member of the advisory board of St. Joseph's Hospital from 1934 to 1939 and chief of staff in 1939.
Dr. Kelly was a member of the Ramsey County Medical Society, the Minnesota State and American Medical Associations, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Association of Railroad Surgeons. In recent years, he was local surgeon for the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul and the Chicago, Great Western railways.
Dr. Kelly was one of the first surgeons in Saint Paul to specialize in industrial surgery, and as a result of his experience, his advice and counsel were frequently sought. He published several articles in Minnesota Medicine: one in 1922 entitled "Strangulated Hernia - Report of Cases"; his part in a Symposium on Emergency Surgery held at the 1933 meeting of the Minnesota State Medical Association, and in 1934 an article entitled "Industrial Accidents - A Report of 2,000 Cases."
Dr. Kelly was a member of the Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity and a life member of the Saint Paul Athletic Club. Hunting was his favorite hobby. He possessed a fine tenor voice and enjoyed classical music in all its forms.
Dr. Kelly was married in 1914 to Leslie F. Terry of Saint Paul. She preceded him in death in February, 1945. Surviving him are four children: Paul Richard of Modesto, California; Howard William of Balboa Island, California; Dr. William Daniel, captain in the Army Medical Corps now in Japan; and Elizabeth Louise (Mrs. Jack C. Cooper) of Milwaukie, Oregon. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. John V. Kelly, and sister, Miss Margaret E. Kelly, both of Saint Paul.
Source: Minnesota Medicine, Volume 31, published by the Minnesota Medical Association in 1948. Pp 312-313.
Relationship to me: first cousin, three times removed; Paul's father, Daniel W. Kelly, was a brother of my great-great grandfather, William D. Kelly. The brothers came from Johnstown, Kilkenny, Ireland.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting obituary, what an accomplished man. Also, the photo is charming. She was camping in a dress and carrying a puppy? In my way of thinking, they were camping back then, esp. if they didn't have electricity and indoor plumbing.