Thomas Parran
1938 Mendel Medal Recipient

Parran, Thomas, Physician, found. executive; born in St. Leonard, Maryland, on September 28, 1892; to Benjamin and Mary (Latimer) Parran; A.B., St. John's College, 1911, A.M., 1915; M.D., Georgetown University, 1915; LL.D., St. Johns College, Syracuse University, St. Bonaventure College, Toronto University, University of California; Sc.D., Georgetown University, Duquesne University, Colgate University, Columbia, Wesleyan University, Tufts College, University of Maryland, Rutgers University, University of Utah, Marietta College, Washington and Jefferson College, Marquette University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University; Dr.P.H., New York University; Pharm. D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science; Doctor of Science, University of Pittsburgh; married Angela Bentley Vandoren, on June 26, 1918 (deceased). Children - Thomas, Benjamin, Theodore Vandoren, Richard Bentley; married a second to Buda Carroll Keller, August 30, 1930 (deceased); Commanding officer, USPHS, 1917; Surgeon General, 1936-1948; Dean of Graduate school public health University of Pittsburgh, 1948-1958; President of the Avalon Foundation, New York City, 1958-1961, trustee, 1955---; consultant to Avalon Foundation and Pan-American Health Organization, 1961--; medical mission to Liberia, 1962. Member of the New York State Regents Com. on Medical Edn, 1961--; Health commr. New York State, 1930-1936; U.P.S. rep.; Interim Commr., W.H.O., director of council, Pan-American San. Bur., 1938-1949; fellowhip, Society of Medical Officers of Health (Eng). Member of advanced board Point Four Program, 1950. Recipient of the Leon Bernard Award, WHO, 1958. Life member of the American Public Health Association (treasurer, 1931-1932, chairman of the executive committee, 1932-1935, president 1936), life member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (president 1938-1939). Honorary fellow of the Royal San Institute, royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (England); fellow, Royal College of Medicine, American Medical Associateion, New York Academy of Medicine, Washington Academy of Medicine, A.C.S., National Vitamin Foundation. (president 1960), A.C.P. (bd. govs.); Am. Neisserian Medical Society (president 1936), Association of American Physicians, National Tuberculosis Association (vice president 1937). Author: Shadow on the Land, 1937; Plain Words about Venereal Diseases, 1941. Awarded Mendel Medal, Villanova College; Sedgwich medal, American Public Health Association; Wm. Freeman Snow award, American Social Hygiene Association; Doctor Eduardo Liceaga Medal of Mexico; Kober (Georgetown University) Lectureship; Grand Officer Order of Carlos Finlay of Cuba, Order of Aesculapius (Medical Society of Columbia), Comdr. Order Public Health of France; U.S. Typhus Commn. Medal; A.P.H.A. Lasker Award, 1947; D.S.M., U.S. Army, 1948; Cutter Lectureship, Harvard, 1954. Home: 631 St. James St., Pittsburgh. 32. Died February 1968.

Who Was Who in America. Volume IV, 1961-1968. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1968, p. 734.