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Dr. Carl Edward Dudley, engaged in the general practice of surgery In St. Louis, was born October 23, 1873, in Terre Haute, Indiana, a son of Alvin W. and Sarah (Par. sons) Dudley, who were natives of Massachusetts and of Indiana respectively. In his youthful days Dr. Dudley was a pupil In the public schools of his native city and his boyhood passed without incident or event of particular importance. As he approached man’s estate his consideration of the broad field of business, with its varied opportunities along commercial, industrial, agricultural and professional lines, led him at length to the decision to become a physician. He studied for a time in the University of Louisville, Kentucky, and afterward became a student in the Washington University of St. Louis, which conferred upon him the M. D. degree at his graduation with the class of 1898. He has since engaged in practice and through this period has given his attention largely to surgery, winning prominence in that field by reason of his constantly developing efficiency and skill.
On the 23d of August, 1892, Dr. Dudley was married in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Miss Harriet Belle Lee, a daughter of Z. and Mary Lee. They became the parents of one child, Lee Russell, now deceased.
In 1918, offering his services to the country at the time of the World war, Dr. Dudley became a captain of the Medical Corps, U. S. A. He is a republican and fraternally is connected with the Masons, having membership in George Washington Lodge, A. F. & A. M., while he has also attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, is a member of Moolah Temple of the Mystic Shrine and the Grotto and of the Order of the Eastern Star. The craft finds in him a worthy exemplar who is always loyal to its teachings and purposes. His time and energies, however, are given almost exclusively to his professional interests, which are constantly increasing in volume and importance.