Dr. Frank Jasper Runyon (1862 – 1941)

“Dr. Freeman Runyon was born in Trenton, Ky., Oct., 1862.  His father, was a practicing physician and lived at that place.  His mother was a Miss Ware, also of Trenton.  Dr. Runyon received his academic education at the schools of Trenton, Bethel College, Russellville Ky., and Central University at Richmond, Ky.  He entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1881 and graduated in 1884, locating at Trenton, Ky.  In Sept., 1884, he entered Bellevue Hospital Medical College, graduating therefrom in 1885.  After acting as resident physician for a short time in St. Francis Hospital, New York City, he located at Trenton, Ky., till May,1887, when he removed to Clarksville, Tenn.  In 1891 he spent four months at the New York Polyclinic.  In 1902 at the meeting in Memphis of the State Medical Society of Tennessee, he was elected vice-president, and in 1904 he was elected president of the Middle Tennessee Medical Association.  In 1905 he was elected vice-president of the Tri-State Medical Association.  In 1906 he was elected president of the same body.  He is a member of the Middle Tennessee, State, Tri-State, and of the American Medical Associations.”

His mother was Susan B. Ware (1833-1881), daughter of Edmund Jasper and Louisa V. (Anderson) Ware.  His father, Dr. Freeman Runyon was married first to Susan’s sister, Sarah Jane Ware.  Frank Jasper married Brenda May Vineyard in 1885 and they had two children, Charles Vineyard (1886) and Bryce Freeman, who also became a physician (1888).  Frank died in 1941.

Sources:  Memphis Medical Monthly, Vol. 27, editor Richmond McKinney A.M. M.D.  Memphis Tennessee, 1907

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