Source: Hawaiian Star
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “One of McKinley’s Surgeons Passes Away”
City of publication: Honolulu, Hawaii Territory
Date of publication: 6 December 1911
Volume number: 19
Issue number: 6041
|“One of McKinley’s Surgeons Passes Away.” Hawaiian Star 6 Dec. 1911 v19n6041: p. 2.|
|Eugene Wasdin (death); Eugene Wasdin; McKinley physicians.|
|Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; Eugene Wasdin.|
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 interment.