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Dr. John I. Appleby, at the time he witnessed the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 2, 1953, was serving as president of the Bellevue Hospital medical staff. Dr. Appleby began his practice in Bellevue on Sept. 1, 1921, when he became associated with Dr. Francis M. Kent.


Dr. Kent came to Bellevue in 1905, taking over the practice of Dr. J. T. Phillips. He carried on the general practice of medicine and surgery. For many years, Dr. Kent was the company surgeon for the Nickel Plate road in this division.


In 1910, he pursued studies in Vienna and Berlin and, thereafter at infrequent intervals, he attended post graduate courses in New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Bloomington, Ill. He was admitted as a Fellow of the American College Surgeons Nov. 10, 1914, one year after its inception. Dr. Kent with Dr. J. C. Morrow took a leading part in establishing the Bellevue Hospital.


In 1925, Dr. Appleby opened his own practice at 105 1/2 E. Main St., but in July 1950, he purchased the E. M. Wolf residence at 250 W. Main St.


The Bellevue Gazette offered a sketch of Dr. Appleby:


“Ever since coming to Bellevue, he has served as company surgeon for the Nickel Plate Railroad.


“Dr. Appleby spent a total of 3-1/2 years in post graduate study in medicine and surgery in medical centers in Europe and the United States including the following: Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czechoslovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; New York City, Chicago, New Orleans; The University of Minnesota Post Graduate School of Medicine, Denver, Colo.; and St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.


“Only the past summer, he was in Europe for seven weeks of study at surgical centers in Vienna, Edinburgh and London. In June 1953, he was honored by being elected a “Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.” Word of another honor informed him that he has been chosen for membership in the “Royal College of Medicine, London, England.”


The Gazette included this biographical sketch of Dr. Appleby’s life and education from Who’s Who in Medicine:


“Dr. Appleby was born Aug. 13, 1897, at Springfield, Mo.; son of R. L. and Sara Appleby of English and Scottish Irish decent. Great-great-grandfather served in the revolutionary war. Education: Park College, Kansas City, Mo. A. B. degree received his Master of Anatomy degree (M.A.) from University of Missouri: while here he was assistant in anatomy 12 years on the faculty of the University’s Medical School.


“Receives his membership to Sigma Ki Honorary Post Graduate Medicine at the University of Missouri and M.B. degrees from University of Minnesota. One year internship at City Hospital St. Paul, Minn. One year’s residency as house physician and surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Toledo.


“Member of: American Assoc. of Anatomist; American Medical Assoc.; Ohio State Medical Assoc.; Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas Co. Medical Society; Toledo; Sandusky County Medical Society; American Medical Assoc. of Vienna, Austria; American Assoc. of Railroad Surgeons. He served in the U. S. Army during World Ward I while a medical student at University of Minnesota.


Bellevue historian Bill Oddo writes a weekly column for The Bellevue Gazette.

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