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WOLDERT, EDWIN ALBERT (1867–1959). Albert Woldert, physician and historian, son of Alma Edilina (Richter) and John G. Woldert, was born in Tyler, Texas, on May 9, 1867. He was educated in local schools and at East Texas University before attending the New York College of Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1889. In 1893 he obtained an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had done extensive research into the conveyance of malaria by mosquitoes. He completed an internship at the Mercy and Rosalie hospitals in Pittsburgh. He then returned to Tyler, where he entered private practice for three years. He subsequently moved to Philadelphia, serving on the staffs of Howard and St. Joseph's hospitals and the Philadelphia Polyclinic. He returned to Tyler in 1901. Woldert was a Democrat and became active in local politics, helping to establish the city-manager system in Tyler and to draft an early city milk ordinance. As the city physician and health officer in Tyler, he initiated the construction of drainage ditches to eliminate pools of stagnant water that served as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. He also published articles in various medical journals and encyclopedias, including the Cyclopedia of Medicine and Surgery, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Medical Sciences. As a member of the Texas State Historical Association, he contributed articles to the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Handbook of Texas. He located the sites of the San Francisco de los Tejas and Santísimo Nombre de María missions, and his work on the Cherokee Indians appeared in the Chronicles of Oklahoma. In 1948 his book, A History of Tyler and Smith County, Texas, was published. Woldert was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas State Medical Association (councilor), and the Smith County Medical Association (president). He was also active in the Episcopalian Church. Woldert married Elva Buford in 1923. He died on May 13, 1959, in Tyler.


Sam Hanna Acheson, Herbert P. Gambrell, Mary Carter Toomey, and Alex M. Acheson, Jr., Texian Who's Who, Vol. 1 (Dallas: Texian, 1937). Austin American, May 14, 1959. Dallas News, May 14, 1959. Texas State Journal of Medicine, July 1959.

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Vista K. McCroskey, "WOLDERT, EDWIN ALBERT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.