Mary McEwen

Name: Mary McEwen (Gilruth)
Birth Date: May 03, 1872
Birth Place: Charlotte Iowa, USA
Death Date: December 1951
Death Location: Evanston Illinois, USA


Physician, Gynecologist, professor of Gynecology at IL College of Medicine and Rush Medical School A pioneer among women doctors. Advocate of better health and medical practicies and of recognition of women in her profession. She was the first woman in the midwest to be made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, at the time one of only ten in the nation. A member of St. Francis Hospital’s first staff and served it as a member of the executive committee. She served continuously on staff for many years filling the offices of secretary and vice-president. In 1937 she became the first woman president of the staff. She was a member of the surgical, consulting and attending staff of Cook County Hospital where she also served her internship. She received a 50 year certificate in recognition of long service by the Evanston Branch of the Chicago Medical Society in 1949.

Father: James H. Gilruth
Children: One: Ernest George
Education: Northwestern Women's Medical College Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa: BS
Years in Evanston: 1900-1951

Sources: EHC costume collection records (her wedding dress and other artifacts are in the EHC collection) EHC Biographical Files/Evanston Review Dec. 6, 1951 Evanston City Directory - first listed 1901

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