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Dr. Harry C. Bohrer, a St. Louis surgeon, who though among the younger representatives of the profession, has attained a prominence that many an older physician might well envy, was born in Macon, Missouri, October 8, 1890. His father, the late George W. Bohrer, was also a native of this state and a representative of an old Pennsylvania family that was established in Missouri in pioneer times. The grandfather was David Bohrer, who came to Missouri long prior to the Civil war and devoted his life to agricultural pursuits here. George W. Bohrer was reared and educated in Kansas and Missouri and after attaining his majority took up educational work, which he followed to the time of his death, passing away at Brookfield, Missouri, in 1906, at the comparatively early age of thirty-eight years. He was also a graduate in medicine but never engaged in practice. He married Fannie Lankford, who was born in Shelbina, Missouri, and belonged to one of the pioneer families of Indiana. She still makes her home in St. Louis.
Dr. Bohrer, the only child of the family, was educated in the public schools of Chicago, in the Bleese Military Academy at Macon, Missouri, and in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, from which he was graduated in 1912, having pursued a two years’ course there which won for him the Ph. G. degree. He next entered the St. Louis University of Medicine and was graduated with the class of 1916. He afterward became an interne in the St. Louis Baptist Hospital, where he thus served for a year and was resident physician for two years. He next entered upon private practice, in which he has since continued, specializing in surgery, and is now a member of the surgical staff of the Baptist Hospital and in addition enjoys a large private practice of an important character. He belongs to the St. Louis, the Missouri State and the American Medical Associations and through the proceedings of these bodies keeps in touch with the trend of modern professional thought and scientific investigation.
On the 10th of September, 1919, Dr. Bohrer was married to Miss Lillian Crowther, a native of St. Louis and a daughter of Joseph and Sarah Crowther. In his political views Dr. Bohrer is a democrat but has never been an office seeker. He belongs to the Christian church and is interested in all that pertains to the moral progress of the community. He finds recreation and diversion in hunting but allows nothing to interfere with the faithful and conscientious performance of his professional duties. Step by step he has advanced, working his way through college and at all times since his youthful days providing for his own support. He won the silver medal in the College of Pharmacy and gained highest honors in the medical school, and the same capability and thoroughness have characterized him throughout his professional career, so that he has already won an enviable position among the capable surgeons of St. Louis.v