Collection VC005 - Franklin E. Walton Photographs and Drawings

Surgeons performing an appendectomy, the first operation at Barnes Hospital. Surgeons performing an operation at Barnes Hospital. Franklin E. Walton conversing with Philip R. Dodge. Sketch of Dr. Vilray P. Blair by Gertrude Hance titled, "A note on a surgeon." Portrait of Evarts A. Graham. Studio portrait of Evarts A. Graham. Group portrait of Barnes Hospital medical staff. Group portrait of Barnes Hospital surgical house staff. Group portrait of the Barnes Hospital chest surgery group. Group portrait of the class of 1927. Group portrait of the class of 1927 at their 45th reunion. Group portrait of the class of 1927 at their 50th reunion. Group portrait of the Vaughn General Hospital staff. Franklin E. Walton with three unidentified Army Medical Corps colleagues. Aerial view of the 113th General Hospital, Ahwaz, Persia (Iran). Soldier posing with two Eritreans carrying a gazelle. Group portrait of four men, Eritrea. View of Massaua-Asmara Road, Asmara, Eritrea. Group portrait of surgeons. Print of Barnes Hospital etched by Gustav F. Goetsch.
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Franklin E. Walton Photographs and Drawings


  • 1914-1977 (Creation)


2.35 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

Franklin E. Walton was a surgeon and instructor who spent nearly all of his 43 years in medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Born in Medora, IL in 1902, he was educated at Missouri Military Academy and Shurtleff College prior to receiving his M.D. from Washington University in 1927. Walton spent his internship and surgical residency at Barnes Hospital from 1927 to 1933, serving as one of the early resident physicians for Evarts Graham. When Walton was certified by the American College of Surgeons in 1937, there were only 46 certified surgeons in the United States. Except for a brief stint as the first visiting resident at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, Walton spent the remainder of his career at Washington University School of Medicine in a variety of positions including assistant professor of clinical surgery and assistant dean. In addition, he served in Africa during WWII, reaching the rank of colonel and chief of the surgical service for the 21st General Hospital. Walton retired in 1970 and passed away at the age of 78 from a heart ailment on February 4, 1981.

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This collection consists of 29 artifacts from the professional life of Franklin E. Walton (1902-1981), including photographs, a drawing, an academic diploma, an academic hood, and an intaglio print of Barnes Hospital by Gustav Goetsch (1907-1994). Primarily, the subjects depicted in the photographs include portraits of Walton and his colleagues at both Barnes Hospital and the 21st General Hospital, as well as several group portraits of the Wasington University School of Medicine (WUSM) class of 1927 at class reunions.

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Some items have been previously removed from this collection, which has led to an incomplete sequence of numbered items.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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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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