Walter Reed MD

Walter Reed MD (1851 - 1902)

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Major Walter Reed MD
Born in Gloucester Co, Virginia, USAmap
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Died in Washington, District of Columbia, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2014 | Last significant change: 3 Jan 2019
02:44: Gary Kueber added Pharaba (White) Reed (1815-1866) as mother for Walter Reed MD (1851-1902). [Thank Gary for this]
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The U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine.

Walter Reed was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, to Lemuel Sutton Reed (a Methodist minister) and Pharaba White. He is (still) the youngest student of the University of Virginia to receive an MD degree, at age 19 in 1869.

Married Emilie Lawrence (1876). Children: Walter Lawrence Reed was born at Ft. Apache on December 4, 1877 and daughter Emilie Reed, called Blossom, was born at Ft. Omaha on July 12, 1883, one adopted Native American daughter (Susie Reed).

In November 1902, Reed's appendix ruptured; he died on November 22, 1902, of the resulting peritonitis, at age 51. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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