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A Special Visit with Dr. Rich

On July 8th, the Henry R. Winkler Center received a visit from Dr. Charles Rich, Susanne Carney, and Frances Clare. Dr. Rich’s father, Major Murray L. Rich, MD, served with the 25th General Hospital in World War II.

From left to right: Susanne Carney, Dr. Charles Rich, Frances Clare, Veronica Buchanan, Doris Haag

From left to right:
Susanne Carney, Dr. Charles Rich, Frances Clare, Veronica Buchanan, Doris Haag

 

 

During the summer of 1941, the U.S. Army invited the University of Cincinnati to organize the 25th General Hospital to serve as a major medical facility in the European war theater. Over 200 men and women from Cincinnati served at this facility.

"Officer personnel of the hospital poses for a picture in front of Ward A." Tongres, Belgium, ca. 1945 Inset-right: Dr. Murray Rich

“Officer personnel of the hospital poses for a picture in front of Ward A.”
Tongres, Belgium, ca. 1945
Inset-right:
Dr. Murray Rich

Initially, we were put into contact with Dr. Rich by Frances Clare, who was Dr. Murray Rich’s medical assistant for many years. She had requested for us to send a copy of the film Along the Warpath with the 25th, which was recently converted from its original 16mm format, to Dr. Charles Rich and to his brother, Dr. John Rich.

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The film Along the Warpath was created by Jean Stevenson, MD, who acted as Chief of Surgery for the 25th General Hospital. A copy of the original film was given to the Winkler Center by Dr. Stevenson’s son, Dr. Richard Stevenson. The picture included above of the title screen for Along the Warpath also serves as a link to a streaming version of the film.

Jean Stevenson, MD, Chief of Surgery for the 25th and creator of the film Along the Warpath

Jean Stevenson, MD, Chief of Surgery for the 25th and creator of the film Along the Warpath

Eventually, a tour was planned to see the Winkler Center’s collection on the 25th in its entirety and to expand our exchange of information and memories on the subject with the inclusion of Frances Clare and Roger West, Archivist and Photographer for the Department of Surgery of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Barbara Lincoln Ashbaugh writing for a patient, Tongres, Belgium ca. 1945

Barbara Lincoln (Ashbaugh) writing for a patient, Tongres, Belgium ca. 1945

The tour began with the Hauck gallery display as well as the historical collection of medical texts from Cincinnati. Situated around the conference table were items from our collection on the 25th.

First was a scrapbook of photographs from Barbara Lincoln Ashbaugh, who served as the Assistant Red Cross Field Director with the 25th. Dr. Rich was especially pleased to find a more casual picture of his father included in the album. Frances Clare was interested in reading Ashbaugh’s memoir, which is available by clicking on the picture of the title page below.

ashbaugh memoirsThen our discussion led to some questions concerning a bust of Major Rich that was brought back from Europe by Rich after the war and has been treasured by the Rich family for years.

Sculptor's Studio Normandy, France ca. 1944

Sculptor’s Studio
Normandy, France
ca. 1944

A clip of the film Along the Warpath depicts a sculptor’s studio in Normandy after D-day and features a young girl posing for a bust. This footage served as a confirmation of the inscription and bolstered the provenance of the bust for the Rich family.

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Bust of Major Rich with inscription: “Major Murray L. Rich ’44 Normandy”

Among the items included in our selection for viewing was an Officer’s service cap of Hobart Mikesell, MD, UC College of Medicine graduate in the class of 1925, which was donated to the Winkler Center by Jane Younkman. The photo below is also a link to the artifact collection compiled for a virtual exhibit on the 25th.

Officer's World War II service cap of Hobart Mikesell, MD UC College of Medicine, Class of 1925 Gift of Jane Younkman

Officer’s World War II Service Cap of Hobart Mikesell, MD
UC College of Medicine, Class of 1925
Gift of Jane Younkman

Finally, as a parting gift, Winkler staff provided Dr. Rich, Susanne, and Frances Clare with copies of an interview on the 25th from our oral history series, which featured Sander Goodman, MD, Kathryn Ernests Bailey, Isobella Elsey, and Harry Meyer, MD. This interview is available for download by clicking on the photograph below.

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From left to right:
Sander Goodman, MD, Kathryn Ernests Bailey, Isobella Elsey, and Harry Meyer, MD

Special thanks to Dr. Rich and Susanne Carney, Roger West, and Frances Clare for a thought-provoking visit. We also appreciate Dr. Rich’s donation of reprints written by Dr. Murray Rich for our collection.

To view our collection on the 25th General Hospital or for a tour of the Winkler Center, please call 558-5120 or email chhp@uc.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

 

UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Fictional Character?

Question: Who is your favorite fictional character?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: I think Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. “There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: Doug Swieteck in Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

 

 

Kellie Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: Anne Shirley (when she’s not being annoying). More up-to-date? Hermione Granger.

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianHard to narrow down to one, but a couple of faves are both Scout and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Bone in Bastard Out of Carolina, and Katniss in The Hunger Games

 

Rachel Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: No favorite, but The Joy of Cooking is an essential and classic cookbook.  I normally give it as wedding gifts.

 

TammyTammy Manger, Public Services Manager: I don’t think I have a favorite.

 

 

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys

 

Summer Orientation

by Lauren Wahman

It’s that time of year…incoming freshman are here!

The UC Blue Ash College Orientation is in full swing with hundreds of new students coming to campus this summer.  Advising, UC ID’s, registration, campus tours, and more are all part of Orientation and the UCBA Library is a proud participant at every program this summer.  Campus tours include a visit to the Library where students learn about the 5 Cool Things to Know.

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Chris Marshall speaks with an Orientation Tour group

UCBA Librarians also talk with new students and their parents at the Resource Fair where a variety of UCBA support services are represented.

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Heather Maloney speaks with students at the Resource Fair.

We’re looking forward to an exciting 2014-15!

UCBA Fun Facts: Favorite Cookbook?

Question: What’s your favorite cookbook?

HeatherHeather Maloney, Library Director: Any of Ina Garten’s books…haven’t come across a bad recipe yet!

 

 

Michelle Michelle McKinney, Reference/Web Services Librarian: The Cake Mix Magic series…all the recipes start with a box of cake mix.

 

 

Kellie Kellie Tilton, Instructional Technologies Librarian: America’s Test Kitchen! (And anything that shows step-by-step with photos. I am an awful cook.)

 

LaurenLauren Wahman, Instruction LibrarianCan’t remember the last time I read a biography…

 

 

Rachel Rachel Lewis, Technical Services Manager: No favorite, but The Joy of Cooking is an essential and classic cookbook.  I normally give it as wedding gifts.

 

TammyTammy Manger, Public Services Manager: Gooseberry Patch Cookbook “Super-Fast Slow Cooking”. I love this book…simple and fast!

 

ChrisChris Marshall, Public Services Assistant: Campbell’s Soup cookbook.  “Best Loved recipes”

 

UC Forward Course Takes Hands‐on Approach to Teaching and Learning about a Fashion Icon

By Jennifer Krivickas

ucforward1First offered in the fall of 2013 and then again in spring 2014, “Documenting a Fashion Icon: The UC Bonnie Cashin Collection” is a ‘test kitchen,’ hands-­on course that incorporates trans-disciplinary inquiry and discourse, student crowd sourcing power, and Millennials’ innate love for technology, social media and images, to investigate, interpret, digitize and widely disseminate authoritative information about an important collection of garments (from the DAAP Historical Garments Collection) designed by Bonnie Cashin.

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Sidney Rossiter Benedict : Notes from the Oesper Collections, No. 27, July/August 2014

A circa 1928 Bock-Benedict colorimeter

A circa 1928 Bock-Benedict colorimeter

The 27th issue of Museum Notes tells the story of a UC graduate who, inspired by his undergraduate chemistry teacher, went on to become a nationally prominent physiological chemist and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Click here for all other issues of Notes from The Oesper Collections and to explore the Jensen-Thomas Apparatus Collection.

Exhibit in the Winkler Center – Dr. John Shaw Billings

jsbillings-usa-photoCurrently featured in the Stanley J. Lucas, MD Board Room is a display about Dr. John Shaw Billings, MD, which was completed in conjunction with the Henry R. Winkler Center’s 5th annual Cecil Striker Society lecture. Dr. Dale C. Smith was the guest speaker for the event and his lecture was entitled “John Shaw Billings and the Medical College of Ohio: Shaping Twentieth Century Medicine.”Dr. Billings was an 1860 graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, a precursor to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Soon after graduation, Billings served in the United States Medical Corps during the Civil War, operating on wounded soldiers in both the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg among others.

r-_hmdwebprograms_blog-content_2014_02_2014_indexcat_4dddFollowing the war, Billings was appointed as the Director of the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office, which later became known as the National Library of Medicine. During his tenure as Director, Billings was responsible for the completion of the first full catalog of the library’s holdings; the first volume of the Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office was completed in 1880. At the same time, Billings also began compiling a card catalog for each medical article published, eventually published comprehensively as the Index Medicus in 1879; this service would later be known as Medline, which is still in production with services available online.

Through his position with the library, Billings was also involved in the collection of data on the 1880 census, publishing pioneering works on vital and social statistics as a result. During his involvement with the census, he proposed an idea of analyzing medical and demographic data mechanically by turning it into numbers and punching them onto cardboard cards. This idea led to the development of a tabulation machine, which was later used for the 1890 census, marking the first time that data for a census was entered and tabulated by machine only.

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Hollerith Census Tabulation Machine

Later in life, Dr. Billings focused his efforts on consolidating the major libraries in New York City in to one unified public library, culminating with his overseeing the design and construction of the first New York Public Library.

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New York Public Library ca. 1948

With such a varied range of skills and life experiences, it is no wonder that Dr. Billings’ life has been both a source of fascination and research for many distinguished UC faculty including Cecil Striker, MD, and Leon Goldman, MD.

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Dr. Cecil Striker with Dr. Billings’ Historical Marker, Allensville, Indiana, October 16, 1968

Another member of the faculty who placed Dr. Billings in high esteem was renowned physiologist Dr. Martin Fischer. Dr. Billings’ name was the last one included on a running wall of influential physicians from Hippocrates to Galen to Lister.

Dr. Fischer’s Lecture Hall ca. 1926

So it is fitting that this display is held in our Stanley J. Lucas Board Room, which houses the Cantagalli pharmacy as well as stained glass windows that were both prominent features in Dr. Fischer’s lecture hall.

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Stanley J. Lucas Board Room

If you are interested in viewing the John Billings display or for a tour of the Winkler Center, please call 558-5120 or email chhp@uc.edu to schedule an appointment.

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