Theodore J. Abernethy, 1925
B.S., Denison University
M.D., Johns Hopkins University
District of Columbia
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 6, 1959
Dr. Theodore J. Abernethy has had a dedicated career as a researcher, professor, and Armed Forces consultant in the field of internal medicine. His skill and diligence in his career has greatly benefited humanity.
Appointed a civilian consultant to the Secretary of War during World War II, Dr. Abernethy served on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board as assistant director of the commission on acute respiratory diseases. As a major in the Army Medical Corps for two years, he did research in primary, atypical pneumonia, outbreaks of beta hemolytic strep infections, influenza, “Q” fever, and other diseases. He is presently chairman of the department of internal medicine at the Washington, D.C., Hospital Center, and he has been assistant clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical School since 1946. He has published 57 articles on respiratory diseases.