Remembering Rush Alumnus C. Allen Alexander

By Heather Stecklein

The April Photo of the Month features C. Allen Alexander, who graduated from Rush Medical College in 1929.

In a 1995 interview with RushMD, he recalled that during his clinical rounds in the days before antibiotics, he encountered smallpox, diphtheria and scarlet fever.

He also noted that Rush required each medical student to deliver 24 babies before graduation.

In 1931, Alexander started his own practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served as a family physician for 46 years and performed surgeries at Bronson Methodist Hospital.

“You became close with patients, and they considered you an advisor and a helper in all kinds of ways,” he said, summarizing his career. “You were invited to their birthday parties and graduations. I hunted and fished with the men. … Those are the days I remember with joy.”

Heather Stecklein is an archivist with Rush University Medical Center. You can contact the Archives at or at (312) 942-7214.

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