Obituary - Dr. Emmett Bassett McCormick


Submitted by Lynette Edwards

The Owensboro Messenger....Sunday Morning, September 14, 1930, pages 1 and 3....
"Dr. E.B. McCormick succumbs at home saturday, aged 76...
Dean of Medical Profession In City, County had been ill but short time; Funeral Monday
Dr. Emmett B. McCormick, 76 years old, died at his home, 216 West Ninth Street, at 7:15 Oclock Saturday morning of complications occasioned by heart trouble.  Dr. McCormick had been confined for about ten days.  Although his health had shown impairment during much of the summer, he would not discontinue his extensive practice, to which he was devoted.  Born near Masonville, in Daviess County, L. Johnsons Research:

November 1, 1854, Dr. McCormick had lived here virtually all of his life.  He received his education in the rural schools and at the medical school of the University of Louisville, and subsequently took a course at the Philadelphia school of Medicine.  Upon his graduation Dr. McCormick returned to his home in the county where he began the practice of his profession March 28, 1881.  Eight years later he moved into Owensboro, and on June 26, 1888 was married to Miss Artie Marietta Daley.  She died February 16, 1895, and on October 10, 1899, Dr. McCormick was married to Miss Lena Wohler, who survives as his widow....Early in his career Dr. McCormick was appointed to the position of superintendent of the Western State Hospital, at Hopkinsville, and subsequently spent a short period in the state of Kansas.  However, his love was always the place of his birth, and he returned to his native state.  For a time Dr. McCormick practiced his profession in partnership with the late Dr. J. T. Dixon, until death removed the latter, severing the partnership.  He also was connected for a short time with Dr. Virgil Harl, until the latter decided to return to the Philipines, where he was in the government service.  Since early in last year Dr. McCormick had been associated with Dr. E. Dargan Smith in the practice.  During the nearly half century Dr. McCormick had practiced his profession in the city and county, he had endeared himself to a wide circle of patients and friends.  He was of the old school of physicians, whose profession, was his passion, the compensation being but a secondary consideration..It had never been recorded that Dr. McCormick declined to do his utmost in the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the prospects for compensation, and those whose condition in life were such they could not remunerate him for his services, received the same patient care as his wealthiest patient.  There were many many people whome he lavished his valuable services on from whom he never expected a fee, and his optimistic outlook on life, which he uncannily imparted to many of his patients, will be remembered by the hosts he attended.  Surviving besides the widow are a daughter, Mrs. Joseph Beard, Detroit; a son, Rodman McCormick, Jacksonville, Fla., children of the first marriage; a brother William McCormick and sister, Mrs. Priscilla Kimberlin, of Owensboro.  Funeral services will be held from the residence at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, with the Rev. E. E. Smith pastor of the Fourth Street Presbyterian Church, in charge.  Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.  Members of the medical profession will serve as honorary pallbearers........




Daviess County, Kentucky