Collection OH006 - George S. Hecker Oral History (OH006)


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George S. Hecker Oral History (OH006)


  • 12/16/1969 (Creation)


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Biographical history

George S. Hecker was born in the St. Louis area in 1922. He received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College in 1943 and joined the US Army serving three years reaching the rank of captain. He earned a law degree from Yale University in 1949. He returned to St. Louis eventually becoming Senior Partner at Bryan Cave. He co-founded the St. Louis Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Independence Center in St. Louis.

He joined the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital in 1951, serving on both for almost 20 years. In addition, Hecker served as Treasurer of the Washington University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals (WUMSAH) from 1964 to 1969. He was the great-grandson of Friedrich Hecker, the German democratic leader who fled to the United States after the failed revolution of 1848. George S. Hecker served as the first president of the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis.

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The first interview covers the history of the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital in St. Louis, its affiliation with Washington University School of Medicine in the early 1950s, and its growth not only as a hospital offering free care to the indigent but also as a clinical and research hospital. In the second interview Hecker discusses the organization and early years of the Washington University Medical School and Associated Hospitals, Inc. (WUMSAH), 1962-1964. Hecker also discusses the dispute between Edgar Queeny, chairman of the Trustees of Barnes Hospital, and the Washington University School of Medicine and its then-dean, Edward Dempsey. The first interview is approximately 18 minutes in length. The second interview is approximately 24 minutes in length. Interviewed by Walter W. Walker on December 16, 1969 and January 7, 1970. OH006. Approximate Length 42 minutes.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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