Biography of Finis Waldo Ewing, M. D.

Dr. Finis Waldo Ewing, engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Muskogee since 1915, his ability in his chosen calling being widely recognized, was born in Missouri, January 10, 1876, and is a son of Dr. Lee D. and Bettie (Harris) Ewing.

At the usual age he became a public school pupil and having mastered the regular branches of the public school curriculum and had one year of university preparation, he went to Baltimore, Maryland, where he entered the Baltimore University in preparation for a professional career. He won his M. D. degree upon graduation with the class of 1905 and first located for practice at Terror, Oklahoma. Subsequently he was in Washington, D. C., where he was connected with the United States public health service for a time. In 1915 he came to Muskogee, where he has remained, here devoting his attention to the general practice of medicine and surgery. His labors have brought him continued success and in this field he has demonstrated his ability to cope with many intricate and involved problems, while at all times he has manifested the keenest interest in everything that tends to bring to man the key to the complex mystery which we call life.

He has also figured prominently in public connection as a representative of the medical profession, for he has served as city health officer and as county health officer. He also volunteered for service in the Medical Corps of the United States army during the World war, as a member of the exemption board.

On the 21st of November, 1900, Mr. Ewing was married to Miss Sallie Watts and they have become parents, of two children Finis Wordo and Marion Lee. The parents have membership in St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal church, South, and are much interested in its work and the extension of its influence.

Dr. Ewing is a well known figure in fraternal and club circles. He belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and also to the Masonic body. He has membership in the Kiwanis Club and for recreation he turns to hunting and fishing. He belongs to the National Rifle Club and also to the Muskogee Gun Club, Muskogee Hunting Club and the American Sportsman’s League, and is never happier than when leisure permits him to take a trip into the open, with rod and reel or gun and dog.

At no time, however, does he neglect his professional interests and duties. He has served as both county and city health officer and is the secretary-treasurer of the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital. He belongs to the Muskogee County Medical Society, of which he is past president, and to the Oklahoma State Medical Society, the Southern Medical Society, the Medical Society of 4-1, Southwest and the American Medical Association. He reads broadly, thinks deeply, is careful in diagnosis, patient and persevering in practice, and possessing all the requisite qualities of a capable physician, he has made for himself a most creditable place among the representatives of the medical profession in Muskogee.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 1 February 2015. - Last updated on Jan 19th, 2012

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