One of McKinley’s Surgeons Passes Away
Dr. Eugene Wasdin, a
surgeon in the United States Marine Hospital, who came into national
prominence when he operated on the late President McKinley after
he was shot in Buffalo in 1901, died yesterday in the Ludlum Sanitarium,
at Gladwynne [sic], Pa., where he had been for several months.
A nervous breakdown was a contributory cause to his death. His wife,
her sister and his brother were present when death came.
Doctor Wasdin was fifty-two years
old. He was born in Georgetown, S. C., and was graduated with honors
from the Charleston Medical College in 1882. In 188[?] he entered
the United States Public Health and Hospital Service and rose to
the rank of full surgeon, which he held at the time of his death.
He made an exhaustive study of the cause and cure of yellow fever
and was decorated by the King of Italy for his research in suppressing
an epidemic in that country.
He was stationed in Buffalo when President
McKinley was assassinated and was called on to operate on him for
the removal of the bullets fired by the assassin Czolgosz. He was
one of the physicians who remained constantly at the side of the
martyred President until Mr. McKinley’s death. He is survived by
his widow and a brother. His body will be taken to Georgetown for