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Chester R. Burns

CUNNINGHAM, MICHAEL ANGELO (1889–1959). Michael Angelo Cunningham, superintendent of the Jefferson County Tuberculosis Hospital in Beaumont for twenty years, was born in Malvern, Iowa, on August 24, 1889, the son of Michael and Margaret (Aistrope) Cunningham. He attended schools in Malvern and received a medical degree from Creighton Medical College in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1913. After an internship at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, he became assistant superintendent of the Iowa State Sanatorium at Oakdale. Afterwards he became medical director of Holy Cross Sanatorium in Deming, New Mexico. In 1939 he became medical director and superintendent of the Jefferson County Tuberculosis Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. In 1935 Cunningham joined thirty-eight other physicians to establish the American College of Chest Physicians. Like Cunningham, most of these physicians were busily involved in the treatment of patients with tuberculosis. Cunningham served for fifteen years as a director of the Texas Tuberculosis Association. He was also a member of the National Tuberculosis Association, the American Trudeau Society, the Jefferson County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Southwestern Medical Association. He married Harriett M. Miller of Waterloo, Iowa, and they had a son. Cunningham was a Mason. He died in Beaumont on September 20, 1959.

Beaumont Enterprise, September 21, 1959. Beaumont Journal, September 21, 1959, Texas State Journal of Medicine, December 1959.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Chester R. Burns, "CUNNINGHAM, MICHAEL ANGELO," accessed April 07, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcu58.

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