February 6, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(6):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120060118026

Eugene L. Opie was the son of Thomas Opie, one of the founders of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the school and dean of its faculty for 33 years. Eugene was born in 1873 in Staunton, Va, where his mother was spending the summer to escape the heat of the city. Opie attended public schools in Baltimore and in 1893 received his bachelor of arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.1 After one year at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, he transferred to Johns Hopkins Medical School and in 1897 received the MD degree as a member of the first graduating class. Influenced particularly by William H. Welch, professor of pathology, and William S. Thayer, of the department of medicine, and with the aid of the microscope and laboratory animals, he became interested in the experimental study of disease.