We are kicking off a #throwbackthursdays series introducing the founding generation of Mayo Clinic.
William Worrall Mayo, M.D., (1819-1911) center, with sons, Dr. Charlie (1865-1939), left, and Dr. Will (1861-1939). Both brothers often said, "Our father taught us," in explaining their commitment to excellence in patient care, research and education.
In 1898, Dr. Gertrude Booker became the first woman physician to join the Mayo practice. She specialized in eye refractions. In 1900, she married George Granger, a prominent attorney who helped develop key legal documents in the early development of Mayo Clinic. In 1914, Dr. Booker Granger became public health officer of the city of Rochester, Minn.
Edith Graham, R.N., taught nursing skills to the Sisters of Saint Francis when they opened Saint Marys Hospital in 1889. A native of Rochester, she graduated from nursing school in Chicago and served as the hospital’s first anesthetist. On April 5, 1893, she and Dr. Charlie were married.