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the best energies of nearly forty years of his laborious and useful life. Among the most impressive incidents of his funeral was the presence of some fifty convalescent patients of the asylum in the line of the procession.

THOMAS PLEASANTS ATKINSON was born in Chesterfield County, Virginia, in the year 1795, and died August 30, :874, in the 79th year of his age. He was a resident of Amelia County at the time of his death, but the sad event occurred at the Buffalo Springs, in Mecklenburg County, where he was temporarily sojourning for the benefit of his health.

He attended medical lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his degree in 1817. In the practice of his profession, he achieved success and reputation, but many years before his death he relinquished its toils and cares for other and to him) more attractive pursuits. He was at one time a member of the Legislature—having been tempted into public life, no doubt, by his fondness for politics and his personal popularity-at another time an editor, and, for a number of years, while a resident of the thriving town of Danville, actively interested in commercial and financial affairs.

Dr. Atkinson, however, never lost his attachment to the profession of his early choice, nor his zeal for its advancement and honor. In 1852, though no longer an active member of the profession, he was a delegate to the American Medical Association from the medical society of the county in which he then resided ; and in the following year, the high estimate of his former profes. sional standing and his personal character entertained by the profession of the State at large was evinced by his election to the pre. sidency of the Medical Society of Virginia, the meetings of which body he seldom failed to attend and take an active part in, until their interruption by the shock and turmoil of war.

On the resuscitation of the society in 1870, he was complimented with an honorary membership. Notwithstanding his advanced age, he continued to attend the meetings with the same interest as before, and enjoyed the attendant social reunions of the profession with as keen a zest as the youngest member. At each of the last two ineetings preceding his decease, he contributed to the Transactions a paper on the “ Anatomical, Physiological, and Pathological Differences between the White and Black Races." He also, in these closing years of his life, wrote occasional articles for the medical journals.

Socially, Dr. Atkinson was a most estimable man. His kindliness of heart, his geniality and vivacity of temperament, and his varied fund of information and reminiscence, made him an ever agreeable associate to old and young alike, and his character was without reproach. He was one of the purest and best of men.

WILLIAM OWENS was born in Staunton, Virginia, on the 12th of January, 1788. Three years later the family removed to Lynch's Ferry (now Lynchburg), where he ever afterwards resided, and where he died on the 22d of January, 1875, in the eighty. eighth year of his age. At the time of his death he was probably the oldest physician in the State.

At an early age he was placed in a drug store to learn the business, and on reaching manhood opened an establishment of his own, which proved very successful. While thus engaged, he commenced the study of medicine, and after a systematic course of reading, pursued under the guidance of an able instructor, he attended a course of lectures at the University of Pennsylvania. Pecuniary difficulties, resulting from liabilities incurred for some of his friends, prevented him from carrying out his design of attending a second course and obtaining the degree, and he entered at once into active practice. This was in the spring of 1815; and from that time to the year 1870-a period of fifty-five years—he trod incessantly the paths of professional toil. His success was

. great, and his practice large and lucrative. His services were called into requisition in all quarters of the surrounding country, and, though practising in a small town, situated in the midst of an agricultural district, it is said that, at one period, during the prevalence of an epidemic, he visited as many as 1100 patients in a month. An unusual degree of bodily and mental vigor, sustained by strict temperance of life, alone enabled him to endure such incessant labor, prolonged through so many years, without failure of health and strength. Apart from his aptitude for, and his untiring devotion to, the duties of his profession, bis kindness, gentleness, and warmth of nature greatly endeared him to his patients, and lighted up the gloom of the sick chamber like a sunbeam. Nature seemed to bave signally fitted bim for his calling.

The recognized skill and enlarged experience of Dr. Owens caused his aid and counsel to be frequently sought by his professional brethren in difficult cases, and for many years he performed nearly all the obstetrical operations called for in his town and the

country adjacent. He also held high rank as a surgeon, and performed many important operations with skill and success. As long ago as 1816, he resected the entire shaft of the tibia, preserv. ing the periosteum, and the patient recovered without percepti. ble deformity, or impairment of the use of the limb. In 1834, he contrived a splint for fractures of the condyles of the humerus, which has ever since been known and used in Lynchburg as his invention, but which is identical with one which has been more recently claimed as the invention of another, and as such is de. scribed and figured in Hamilton's treatise on Fractures.

Dr. Owens exhibited no ambition to shine outside of his immediate circle of labor and duty. So far as is known, he never made any contribution to medical literature, and the profession at large was thus deprived of the valuable lessons which might have been derived from the publication of the results of his extensive experience.

With all his professional reputation, and amid all the demands upon his services among the best classes of society, he never forgot the poor, but was as faithful and tender in his ministrations to them as to the rich and influential. Probably few physicians have ever done so great an amount of gratuitous labor. His kindness and charity to the sick and amicted, and to all in distress, were proverbial. A prudent attention to his own interests would have enabled him to realize a large fortune from his practice; but such was his indulgence to his patrons, and so large the losses sustained through his kindness in becoming security for friends, as well as by the results of the war, that he died at last in very moderate circumstances.

No better tribute could be rendered to the character of this beloved physician and useful citizen, than that embodied in one of the resolutions adopted on the occasion of his decease by the Lynchburg Medical Association (of which body he had been the first president), which declared “that during his professional career he distinguished himself by a blameless life, an honorable character, genial sympathies, reverence for truth, and a respect for the rights of others; and in his jealous watchfulness over professional purity and honor, he left us an example worthy of imitation."

WILLIAM A. GILLESPIE, M.D., died in Louisa County, Virginia, January 10, 1875, at the age of 72. He was a type of the faithful and hard working country practitioner. Possessing an active and

independent mind, and a sound practical judgment, he occupied a leading position in the profession in his section of the State up to the time of his death, and enjoyed in a large degree, the confidence of the most intelligent class of patrons. He made occasional contributions on practical subjects to the medical journals, as well as to the Transactions of the Medical Society of Virginia, of which he was an active member. His attention being given to agriculture as well as medicine, he also from time to time furnished to the Planter and Farmer, articles on topics connected with the former interest. He bore a high character in every relation of life, and died deeply regretted by the community which had so long recognized his worth, and enjoyed the benefit of his services.

THOMAS C. CLOPTON, M.D., died in Gloucester County, Virginia, February 15, 1875, aged 72 years. Early in life, his professional merits, united to indomitable energy of character, won for him a bigh rank as a physician, and an extensive practice in his own and several adjacent counties. He endeared himself to the poor especially, by promptly responding to their calls in sickness, without pausing to consider the question of their ability to compensate him for his services. This disinterested and humane conduct was repaid with love and admiration on their part, and will cause his name to be long held in grateful remembrance by the inmates of many a humble dwelling.

Dr. Clopton also rendered useful service to his fellow-citizens in cther relations. He was for some time a justice of the peace, and represented his county for several sessions in the House of Delegates, with great satisfaction to his constituents, to whose interests he was always true. He was a Virginian of the old school-high-toned, chivalrous, and patriotic; and, though not far from sixty years of age at the outbreak of the civil war, he raised a volunteer company, and entered the Confederate army as captain, where he remained in active service until failing health compelled his resignation.




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