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Thoma, Harry (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 37, Number II (Nov. 1935)

The student and his University,   pp. 38-39


Page 39


November, 1935                                                          
                            39
Shenners' report was printed in the senate journal on   immediately carry
out the instructions of the board
that date but was not given publicity at the time the   of regents, that
the board of regents should then ask
entire committee's report was released.               for President Frank's
resignation."
   Irked by the Milwaukee Extension Division flare-
up, Sen. Shenners placed the entire blame for the sit-
uation at the door-step of President Frank. He also      Dr. Joseph     Colt
Bloodoood, 88,
blames the President for permitting the supposed sub-               x   
                         Dies
versive activities to be existent on the Campus, and           Noted Cancer
Authority, Dies
asks that the Board of Regents give him 90 days to    DR    JOSEPH COLT BLOODGOOD,
'88, inter-
clean up both matters.                                    nationally known
surgeon and a leader in the
  The Board of Regents will consider both reports       fight against cancer,
died suddenly on October 22 of a
at their November meeting.                            coronary thrombosis
at his home, 44 Warrenton,
  The following is the complete report of Sen.        Road, Guilford, Maryland.
He would have been 68
Shenners:                                                         years old
on Nov. 1.
   "In addition to the conclusions and                             
 Dr. Bloodgood taught classes until
recommendations of the committee ap-                              the summer
recess at the Johns Hopkins
pointed pursuant to senate resolution                              University
School of Medicine, where he
No. 14-S, I desire to state the following:                        was Adjunct
Professor of Surgery.
  "The 'facts and findings', which were                           When
he complained of not feeling well
the basis of Dean Snell's dismissal, were                         this fall,
his associates suggested that he
found 'untrue by our committee'.                                  refrain
from trying to teach. He still
  "The testimony in this investigation                            continued,
however, his duties as head
shows conclusively that certain members                           of the
Hopkins Laboratory of Surgical
of the faculty at the Milwaukee exten-                            Pathology.
  He also was on the staff
sion division entered into a deliberate                           of the
Johns Hopkins Hospital and was-
conspiracy and cabal to oust Dean Snell                           chief surgeon
at St. Agnes' Hospital.
as head of the Milwaukee extension                                   Until
his death he continued his ac-
division. The tactics that were used                               tive interest
in fighting cancer and in the
were 'deplorable and disloyal'.Presi-                             organization
                     and
dent Frank knowingly permitted this                               cure. Only
last month he spoke at a
unfitting and improper' practice.                                 dihner
of the Association for the Study
  "In failing to curb the 'subversive ac-                         of
Neoplastic Diseases in Washington
tivities' of those disrupting the organi-     Dr. J. C. Bloodgood    which
had been given in his honor.
zation of the Milwaukee center, it may     Science loses a leader    Surviving
are his widow; a son, Holt
only be inferred that President Frank                             Bloodgood;
a daughter, Miss Winifred
was in sympathy with the purpose of such activities,    Bloodgood; two sisters,
Miss Margaret Bloodgood,
and the subsequent ouster of Dean Snell confirms the     and Mrs. Frank Turner
of Milwaukee, and a brother,
inference.                                            Francis Bloodgood,
also of Milwaukee.
  "The first duty of an executive is to uphold disci-     Dr. Bloodgood
wielded publicity, and particularly
pline, and failure on the part of President Frank to    newspaper publicity,
as the best means of checking
support his subordinate administrator, in the face of   cancer. He found
that it educated the public to have
the underhanded conspiracy which was on foot 'to      medical examinations
made immediately on the ap-
get' the Milwaukee dean, stamps the university presi-   pearance of any symptom
that might herald approach
dent as unfit for the high executive position with    of the dread disease.
which he has been entrusted by the people of Wis-        As spokesman for
the American Society for the
consin.                                               Prevention of Cancer,
which he helped found in
  "I believe that when a person who is supposed to    1913, it was his
task to puncture claims made for
be the highest type of educator and with such a great   baseless or fraudulent
"cures" of the malady.
responsibility to the State of Wisconsin deliberately      Educating the
public was, however, only one half
enters into a plot or scheme to "frame or get" another   the campaign.
The other was devoted to spreading
should be immediately discharged for such an act.     knowledge of the latest
methods of diagnosis among
  "I further recommend the board of regents should      physicians,
surgeons and X-ray specialists. To that
demand each and every teacher, instructor, and em-    end Dr. Bloodgood,
as director of the cancer research
ploye of the University of Wisconsin take an oath of     fund bearing his
name, was the chief sponsor of a
allegiance to the flag, the state, and the country, before  series of meetings
that called cancer specialists to Balti-
assuming any position in that institution.            more from all parts
of the country.
  "Further, that the board of regents give President    Dr. Bloodgood
graduated from the University in
Frank a period of not more than ninety days to rid       1888 with the degree
of Bachelor of Science and from
the university of undesirables, even though they may    the University of
Pennsylvania as a Doctor of Medi-
be members of the staff or students; to expel from    cine in 1 89 1. He
went to Baltimore the next year as
their ranks those who were concerned in the dispute     assistant resident
surgeon in Johns Hopkins Hospital.
at the extension division in Milwaukee, and to re-      His worth was given
recognition when he was
move from the campus all those who are causing dis-     made a fellow of
the American College of Surgeons,
loyal and un-American activities.                     in 1924 when he was
chosen vice president of the
  "In conclusion, it is my firm belief that the board   American Surgical-Society
and in 1929 when he was
of regents should see to it that the above recommenda-  awarded the gold
medal of the Radiological Society
tions are carried out through President Frank, and    of North America for
his work on bone malignancy
that if President Frank is unwilling to or fails to     diagnosis and treatment
by X-ray and radium.


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