It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!
The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.
Deadline is June 20, 2018
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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM
Our March-April History Mystery subject was Walter Reed (1851-1902). Born in Gloucester County to a traveling Methodist minister and his first wife, he spent much of his youth in Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Enrolling in the University of Virginia in 1867, he completed the coursework to become a doctor in 1869, two months before he turned 18, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of an M.D. from that university. Enrolling in New York University’s Bellevue Medical College, Reed obtained a second M.D. in 1870. Dissatisfied with urban life, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was soon assigned posting in the American West. Noticing the devastation that epidemics could wreak, he later completed advanced coursework in pathology and bacteriology at Johns Hopkins University. In 1901, he led the team that confirmed that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species rather than direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and enabled completion of work on the Panama Canal. Reader David Stacil of Fredericksburg was our $25 winner. Congratulations, David!