DOCK, George
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DOCK, GEORGE, second child of William Dock and Margaret Gilliard, was born 23d of May, 1823, at Harrisburg, Pa. Though of very delicate constitution, he was sent to school at an early age, and received a liberal education. In September, 1840, he entered the office of Prof. William E. Horner, of the University of Pennsylvania, as a private student. He matriculated at the medical department of the university in the summer of 1841, attended the course of lectures at the medical institute, and having pursued the full course at the university, session of 1842, he was elected resident student in Blockley Hospital, entering upon his duties the 1st of May, where he faithfully served one year, gaining no little reputation as a thorough anatomist. In the spring of 1844 he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to his home at Harrisburg, he assumed the duties of his profession. In the autumn of 1845, at the solicitation of Prof. Horner, he removed to Philadelphia, and the winter following was engaged by the former as his private dissector at the university. During the war with Mexico he was tendered the position of assistant surgeon, Second regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, but his health prevented its acceptance. In January, 1847, he was elected physician to the Dauphin county almshouse, where he served one year. Advised to take a sea voyage for the benefit of his health, in October, 1849, he sailed for Europe, and while there visited the different hospitals of Paris and London. On his return he resumed the practice of his profession. For a period of thirteen years he was a member of the board of trustees of the State Lunatic Hospital at Harrisburg, in 1854 elected a member of the Academy of natural Sciences of Philadelphia, while in July following Pennsylvania College conferred on him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. On the 17th of March, 1856, he was appointed professor of surgery in Philadelphia College of Medicine, which he at first declined, but subsequently, by great persuasion, he accepted the position. During the winter following, his health becoming seriously impaired, he was compelled to withdraw from all professional duties. In 1860 he made a second visit to Europe, and upon his return quietly settled down in his office, regaining a handsome practice in his specialty—diseases of the eye. In 1861 he was commissioned surgeon of the Sixteenth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, subsequently placed on the board of medical examiners to pass on the qualifications of candidates for appointment on the medical staff of the Pennsylvania forces in the army. From this time forward until 1868 his health was fair, but subsequently became seriously impaired, until at last he was obliged to relinquish entirely his duties of his profession. On the 10th of August, 1874, he was suddenly taken with a hemorrhage of the lungs, but not until the 17th of August, 1875, did the Messenger come, and the spirit of George Dock pass from his frail tenement. Had he possessed the physical strength, most of the brilliant suggestions of his gifted and active mind would have been carried out to a successful result. He had by nature a strongly marked, bold, original, positive and incisive mind. As it was, he was never idle. He made his mark in the profession he so dearly loved and highly honored. Few men were more greatly esteemed, for he was to all genial and kind and courteous. Dr. Dock married, July 30, 1844, Clara S. Rehrer, daughter of Col. Thomas J. Rehrer, of Harrisburg, who, with one daughter, survived him.


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For The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

28 Oct 2000

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