George Alfred Baxter
DR. BAXTER’S SUDDEN END
Well Known Physician Dies in His Office Chair.
PROMINENT IN THE CITY FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS
One of the Heroes Who Risked His Life in the Dark Days of 1878 –
Public Spirited Physician’s Work Is Done.
Dr. George Alfred Baxter, Chattanooga’s well known physician, and one
of the most prominent and widely known practitioners in the south, was found
dead yesterday afternoon, sitting upright in a chair at his office,
Doctor Baxter spent a greater part of the morning at Erlanger hospital where he was in consultation with Dr. J. S. Dye, during a difficult operation on an employee of the Queen and Crescent route, with which road the deceased had been connected as surgeon for many years. They returned to the city about . Doctor Baxter stopping at his office. He soon afterward had lunch there, after which he took a short nap, instructing William, his servant for over twenty years, to call him at . The colored man obeyed, and at about Doctor Baxter sent the servant across the street to the Chattanooga Savings bank. When he returned about five minutes later, Doctor Baxter was leaning back in the rocking chair where the servant had left him, and life was extinct.
Doctor Baxter’s death was not entirely unexpected. Since last May he has been in feeble health. For the past nine months he has been associated with Dr. W. A. Duncan, who has been looking after the major portion of the practice. Yesterday morning Doctor Baxter stated to one of his sons that he was feeling especially well, and commented on the fact that he had passed a very restful night.
The funeral service will take place tomorrow (Friday) morning at
Doctor Baxter was born at
There were five sons and one daughter of the Baxter family, all of whom
are now living with the exception of the subject of this sketch. George W.
Baxter, ex-governor of Wyoming, is now in the west, John Baxter in the
well-known insurance man of Nashville, Lewis Baxter is the president of the
Nashville bank, Will Baxter, who now lives in Nashville, has retired from
business. The surviving sister is Mrs. A. S. Robinson, of
Doctor Baxter received his first education in the schools of
Soon after he accepted the position of assistant surgeon of the
INTEREST IN THE HOSPITAL.
In 1889 Doctor Baxter undertook the raising of funds for the construction of a large general hospital for the city and surrounding county. This hospital was at first supported principally by the railroads entering this city, and for which he was surgeon. Later he secured the interest of Baron Erlanger, and sufficient funds were secured for the erection and maintenance of the present magnificent structure known as Baroness Erlanger hospital. Doctor Baxter was for many years the chief of staff for this institution and was also a member of the board of trustees of the institution for a long term.
Since the organization of the
DURING YELLOW FEVER TIME.
Perhaps the work by which Doctor Baxter is best known was during the
later part of the seventies, when he and three other physician remained in
“In speaking of the career of Doctor Baxter, we would not fail to mention that during the epidemic of that dreadful disease, smallpox, and that almost fatal scourge, yellow fever, in 1878, he devoted his entire time free to the people, and did a noble and never-to-be-forgotten work, and his name will always be a household word in many a grateful home. By the latter disease he was himself stricken down at the end of his long work, and barely escaped with his life.”
Doctor Baxter served the city at a later date when a smallpox scourge
threatened the city. In 1905 he was sent to
PROMINENCE IN PROFESSION.
In 1890 Doctor Baxter was elected president of the Tennessee Medical
society. He was also a member of the American Medical association, an
organization composed of fifty of the foremost physicians in the country. He was
a member of the Masonic and Knights of Zythias lodges, and until recent years
was an active worker in each. He was one of the original members, and assisted
materially in the construction of the
Doctor Baxter was married in 1880 to Miss Ellen Douglas, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Byrd Douglas, of
The first signs of the doctor’s failing health were noticed while he