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January 2002

The Farrior LineageOpening Address Given at the First Annual Richard T. Farrior Course on Facial Plastic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
University of South Florida College of Medicine
12902 Magnolia Dr, Suite 3057
Tampa, FL 33612-9497

 

Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
 University of South Florida College of Medicine
 12902 Magnolia Dr, Suite 3057
 Tampa, FL 33612-9497


Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(1):57-59. doi:

REUBEN SEARCY was born in North Carolina in 1805, and his family moved to Alabama when he was 1 year old. As a young adult, he worked on steamboats prior to pursuing his medical education at Transylvania University. He spent his entire career in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he was active in the local medical societies. For 30 years, he served as the president of the board of trustees of the Alabama Insane Hospital.

His oldest son, James Thomas Searcy, excelled at the New York University medical department, winning 2 of 6 prizes awarded to the graduating students. He returned to Tuscaloosa and joined his father's practice. Like his father, he was active in medical societies, serving as the president of the American Medico-Psychological Society, the predecessor to the American Psychology Association. He, too, served as president of the Board of Regents of the Alabama Insane Hospital. In recognition of his leadership, the Mount Vernon Branch of the Alabama Insane Hospital was renamed the Searcy Hospital. Of his 12 children, 4 became health care professionals and 2 married physicians.

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