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Chester R. Burns

TERRELL, TRUMAN CONNER (1891–1971). Truman Conner Terrell, pathologist, was born in Ranger, Texas, in 1891. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston from 1907 to 1910 and received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1911. He served an internship at the Kansas City General Hospital and at the Philadelphia Hospital for Contagious Diseases. He completed a residency in pathology at Philadelphia General Hospital. After a year of practice in Ranger (1913–14), Terrell became a pathologist for Harris Hospital in Fort Worth. He taught pathology at the Fort Worth School of Medicine for four years. He served as a first lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps during World War I. After the war he returned to Fort Worth to direct Terrell's Laboratories, which he had established in August of 1915. In 1942 this institution founded a school of medical technology. Terrell served as a director of Methodist Hospital (now Harris Hospital) between 1932 and 1937. He was named medical director of All Saints Episcopal Hospital in 1937 and was that hospital's primary benefactor for fifteen years. During World War II he served as a consultant for the state Selective Service board. He was certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1937. He served as president of the Texas Society of Pathologists for five terms and was awarded that society's George T. Caldwell Award for outstanding achievement in research, practice, and writing. Terrell served as president of the Tarrant County Medical Society in 1921, and the society honored him with the Gold-Headed Cane Award in 1962. He held numerous offices in the Texas State Medical Association (see TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION) and served on its board of trustees for several years. Terrell was a Texas delegate to the American Medical Association from 1949 to 1967. He was a member of the Texas State Board of Health from 1947 to 1953. In 1965 he became the first medical examiner for Tarrant County. Terrell was an Episcopalian, a Mason, a Shriner, a Rotarian, and a director of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Anna Helen, were the parents of a daughter. Terrell died in Fort Worth on June 9, 1971.

Dallas Morning News, June 10, 1971. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 10, 1971. Texas Medicine, September 1971.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Chester R. Burns, "TERRELL, TRUMAN CONNER," accessed July 07, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fte44.

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