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Carl William Waldron
Male 1887 - 1977


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  • Birth  24 Sep 1887  Waubaushene, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  03 Jan 1977  Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  07 Jan 1977  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lakewood Cemetery
    Person ID  I4616  Arenson Tree
    Last Modified  5 Jun 2020 

    Family  Cora Bedina Fossen,   b. 26 Feb 1898, Brooten, Stearns, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1953, Hopkins, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  01 Sep 1921  Starbuck, Pope, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • Inherred Lutheran
      Minnesota state marriage index shows marriage in Hennepin County on same date.
    Children 
     1. Charles Andrew Waldron,   b. 16 Jul 1922, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1995, Stone Mountain, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Robert Douglas Waldron,   b. 28 Jan 1926, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jul 2005, Northridge, California Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Living
    Family ID  F57  Group Sheet

  • Notes 

    • From Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 60(2): 317 - 319 August, 1977

      On January 3, 1977, one of the pioneers in plastic surgery in this country and Canada died in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 89.
      Dr. Waldron was born September 24, 1887 in Waubaushene, Ontario, Canada. His father, Charles, later moved his family to Toronto so he (Charles) could attend and graduate from the Dental College of the University of Toronto. Then he practiced dentistry in that city. His son, Carl, received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1911, and his dental degree in 1913. Carl interned from 1911 to 1912 at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital. From 1913 to 1915 he was a Resident in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, with extra training in maxillofacial pathology.
      Returning to Toronto after the outbreak of World War I, Carl tried to enlist in the Canadian Army Medical Corps but found that there were nearly 400 medical doctors in line ahead of him. The young and determined surgeon circumvented this obstacle by buying his own passage to London. Thanks to letters of recommendation to Sir William Osler, who helped in the organization of the Canadian and American Hospitals, from Dr. Llewellyn Barker (Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins), and from a fraternity brother who was the Executive Officer for the Surgeon-General of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Carl was commissioned as a Lieutenant on December 28, 1915. Immediately, he found himself delegated to organize a Canadian service for facial injuries, and the first hospital used for this was the Westcliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkstone. Soon, he had all the available beds there filled with facial casualties. Then they were moved to the Ontario General Hospital in Orpington.
      Meanwhile, Sir Arbuthnot Lane, who was Chief Surgeon of the (British) Aldershot Command, established the Queen Mary Hospital at Sidcup, 6 miles from Orpington. In August of 1917, Harold D. Gillies was moved from Cambridge Hospital (in Aldershot) to Sidcup to take care of British soldiers with facial injuries. Here he was joined by the Canadian Unit under the leadership of Waldron, the Australian Unit under Newlands, and the New Zealand Unit under Pickerell. Waldron's patient load became so great that he sent for Fulton Risdon of Toronto.
      At the end of the war these men, who had spearheaded the colonial units, returned to their respective countries. Waldron and Risdon went back to Canada, where they continued the late care of war casualties - first at St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, and later at Christy Street Hospital in Toronto. Waldron held the rank of major when he was discharged from the Canadian Army in February of 1920.
      In the same year he emigrated to the U.S.A. to begin his private practice in Minneapolis, and soon he was involved in the teaching program at the University of Minnesota. In 1921, he was invited to be one of the 20 men who founded the American Association of Oral Surgeons (which later became the American Association of Plastic Surgeons), and he was destined to outlive the other 19. In 1926 he became a naturalized U.S. citizen. During the ensuing years Carl advanced academically to become the Clinical Professor of Oral Surgery in the Dental College and Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Maxillofacial) at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.
      When the American Board of Plastic Surgery was organized in 1937, Carl was taken in as founding member. Sometime before or after this he became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member (later a Life Member) of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. About 1941 he became Consultant to the Minnesota Crippled Children's Service, and in World War II he served as a consultant to the Surgeon General of the U. S. Army, visiting various army plastic surgery centers. In 1943 he organized the Journal of Oral Surgery, and he was the first editor of that periodical.
      Carl retired from academic teaching at the university in 1947 to devote more time to his private practice, and in the same year it was my good fortune to become associated with him. Also, in 1947 he was a prime mover and directly responsible for founding, with the help of Dr. Casper Epsteen of Chicago, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. The first meeting of the Society was held in Minneapolis, and Dr. Waldron was its first president. At the 1953 meeting in Cleveland he was the recipient of the Society's distinguished Award, for his outstanding contributions to maxillofacial surgery. In 1965, the Society established two lectureships, the Kazanjian Honorary Lecture and the Waldron Honorary Lecture. The first Waldron lecture was given in 1967 by Beverly Douglas, M.D. Later Dr. Waldron moved to Arizona and, in 1971, he was made Honorary Member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.
      Carl's wife was a native Minnesotan, Cora Berdina Fossen, and she was one of the first two women graduates of the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy (in 1918). She died in 1953.
      Dr. Waldron was very proud of his 3 sons, who survive him. Charles Waldron, D.D.S, is Professor and Chairman of Pathology at the Emory University School of Dentistry in Atlanta. Robert Waldron, Ph.D., is a Consultant in Physical Chemistry in Scottsdale. John Waldron, M.D., is a pediatric surgeon in Minneapolis. Carl is survived by 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
      Conrad I. Karlee, M.D., D.D.S.

  • Sources 
    1. [S151] Ancestry.com.

    2. [S180] ELCA Records, Congregational Records, Starbuck MN, Inherred Lutheran.