Biography of Hugh Beverly Roney
HUGH BEVERLY RONEY, M. D., a progressive and successful physician of Pittsfield, whose preparations for his profession were made in leading educational institutions and whose success well appraises his ability, is interested in local and general progress, and in his profession he has attained an enviable position. He is a son of Gifford and Victoria (Lott) Roney, the father now deceased, the mother a resident of Pittsfield.
Hugh Beverly Roney was born at Colborne, Canada, January 20, 1886. He received his early education in the public schools of his birthplace and spent two years in the high schools of Newburgh, Canada, after which he entered upon a preparatory course in the Centenary Seminary at Hackettstown, Canada. His choice of a profession made, he entered Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia where he graduated in the class of 1909 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He gained his institutional experience in the Cumberland Street Hospital, of Brooklyn, New York, where he was house physician for eighteen months, Dr. Roney coming to Pittsfield directly from that institution, and in November of 1910, he established himself in the general practice of his profession. In this line Dr. Roney has achieved a noteworthy position in professional circles in Western Massachusetts and in his present prominence he bears a definite influence for general as well as local progress. During the World War he served as a member of the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of the United States Army but was not sent overseas. He is a member of the American Medical Association; the Massachusetts Medical Society; and the Berkshire County Medical Society. Fraternally he is affiliated with Crescent Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Berkshire Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Berkshire Council, Royal and Select Masters; Springfield Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, in which he holds the thirty-second degree; and Jerusalem Commandery, Knights Templar. Dr. Roney is a well known figure in social circles holding membership in the Park Club, also the Country Club, both of Pittsfield, and he is a member of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Dr. Roney married, September 20, 1911, Grace Widdefield, of Owen Sound, Canada, a daughter of judge C. H. Widdefield, a very prominent jurist of Toronto, Canada. Dr. and Mrs. Roney have one adopted son, Robert. They reside at No. 72 Commonwealth Street, Pittsfield.