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in the following September took charge. Since that 'time he has given his undi-
vided attention to the upbuilding of this institution, which has always maintained a
high standard but which has reached an even higher rank under the wise leader-
ship and practical management of Dr. Harris. Possessed of wonderful energy
and endowed with an unusual capacity for work, the scope and extent of what
he has accomplished during the five years of his administration are difficult to
estimate. During the past three years the enrollment has increased from four
thousand to five thousand and gifts amounting to six hundred thousand dollars
have been received ; a school of commerce has been organized with an enrollment
of over five hundred and fifty pupils ; a college of engineering has been estab-
lished which is a pioneer in requiring a five year course of study for graduation;
the courses in history, English, French, physiology and chemistry have been revised ;
a new building has been erected for a dispensary at the Medical School and at
Evanston have been erected an engineering plant and a splendid gymnasium which
is not surpassed anywhere in the country. A campus commission has been estab-
lished to direct the development of the campus ; a distinct advance has been inau-
gurated in athletics ; members of the faculty are receiving honors due to their high
professional standing. In the year 1910 five hundred and eighty pupils were
graduated. Probably the greatest work which Dr. Harris has done for the insti-
tution is manifest in his inspiration of loyalty and interest among its alumni. He
has combined and affiliated the interests of the graduates of its various schools
and a university spirit of devotion to the alma mater has increased among alumni,
professors and students.

From time to time there has come to Dr. Harris substantial recognition of the
work that he has done in the educational field. In 1883 he received the A. M.
degree from his alma mater; in 1894 the Sc. D. from Bowdoin College; in 1900
the LL. D. degree from the University of New Brunswick; and in 1901 the same
degree from the University of Maine, while in 1904 his alma mater, Wesley an
University, conferred upon him the LL. D. degree. He has prepared many scien-
tific and administrative documents for the United States department of agriculture,
has been a contributor to leading periodicals and has delivered occasional lectures
before learned societies. He is now president of the Illinois Federation of Col-
leges, president of the Illinois Council of the National Civic Federation, president
of the Methodist Social Union of Chicago; founder and president of the Alpha
Delta Tan, an honorary scholarship society for preparatory schools. He also
founded the Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary scholarship society, at the University
of Maine.



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While his labors in the field of education have been eminently successful, Dr.
Harris has also been a cooperant factor in connection with public interests which
have had far-reaching effect in connection with vital questions and problems of
the day. He is now a member of the executive board of the vice commission of
Chicago, of the board of managers of the Freedmen's Aid Society and is chairman
of the executive board of the Religious Association. He is an honorary vice presi-
dent of the Chicago Peace Society, a member of the executive committee of the
Chicago North Shore Festival Association, member of the College Presidents Asso-
ciation, the Rhodes scholarship committee of Illinois, and of various other impor-
tant committees. He has been a member of the University Clubs in Chicago,
Evanston, Washington, D. C., Baltimore and Boston, of the Union League Club,
the Cliff Dwellers, and the City Club of Chicago.

In 1888 Dr. Harris was married to Miss Clara Virginia Bainbridge, who died
on the 3d of February, 1908, leaving a son, Abram W., Jr., now a student of
Northwestern University. The family residence is at 1745 Chicago Avenue, Evan-
ston. No movement of vital interest to the attractive city in which he resides
fails to awaken his interest or receive his indorsement. He has for many years
held prominent place among the laymen of the Methodist Episcopal church and
twice has been a representative to the general conferences. For eleven years he
has been a member of the board of education of the Methodist Episcopal church
and for five years a member of the University Senate. He represented his church
in the joint commission of 1906 which prepared a common service and common
catechism for use in the Methodist Episcopal church and the Methodist Episcopal
church, South. He is also identified with the Laymen's Missionary movement.



FRANK HUGH MONTGOMERY, M. D.

Dr. Frank Hugh Montgomery, who was "loved for his genial disposition and
admired for his scientific attainments" and who was ever "thoughtful and tender
and yet was quietly courageous," was for nearly twenty-five years a resident of
Chicago and throughout that period came to be known as an eminent representative
of the medical profession throughout the entire country. "He was born January 6,
1862, at Fairhaven, near St. Cloud, Minnesota, a son of Albertus and Mary Louise
Montgomery. After completing a course in the high school of St. Cloud he attended
the University of Minnesota and then entered Rush Medical College, from which
he was graduated with the class of 1888. He afterward took post-graduate work
in the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, with further study and clinical re-
search in the hospitals of London, Paris and Vienna. From the outset of his pro-
fessional career, he made continuous advancement and at the time of his death was
associate professor of dermatology in Rush Medical College and dermatologist to
the Presbyterian, the St. Elizabeth, the St. Anthony de Padua and the Oak Park
Hospitals. He was also an active member of the local, state and national medical
societies and was regarded as one of the most prominent representatives of
the country in the department of medicine in which he specialized. This naturally
made him a most active and prominent member of the American Dermatological




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Association, of which he was three times elected secretary and once as vice presi-
dent, editing in the former position the transactions of the association for 1900 and
1902. He was also honored with the presidency of the Chicago Dermatological
Society and took a most helpful interest in all of its meetings from the date of its
organization. Aside from the treatise on diseases of the skin which bears Dr. Mont-
gomery's name and which has passed through several editions, he was known to
the profession by his numerous scientific articles, each of which is characterized by
scholarly thoroughness and by a wide knowledge of the literature of dermatology in
all languages. Among his colleagues and his clientele Dr. Montgomery was rec-
ognized as. an acute diagnostician, a skilful pathologist and practitioner and a physi-
cian of singularly gracious personality. Besides his scientific affiliations Dr. Mont-
gomery was a member of the University Club, the Chicago Literary Club, of which
he was corresponding secretary during 1906-7, the Quadrangle Club and the Home-
wood Country Club; also of the Psi Upsilon and the Nu Sigma Nu fraternities.
Although born and reared a Congregationalist, he was a pewholder and regular
attendant at St. Paul's Episcopal church, Kenwood. He took a keen interest in
the work of the South Park Improvement Association and acted as chairman of
streets and alleys committee during the years 1902-4."

Dr. Montgomery was married January 11, 1897, to Miss Caroline L. William-
son, daughter of Mrs. Irenus Kittredge Hamilton by a former marriage. To
them were born three children namely: Hamilton, born May 21, 1898; Charlotte,
born January 24, 1901 ; and Mary Louise, whose birth occurred September 2, 1903.
It was on the 14th of July, 1908, that Dr. Montgomery passed away. Respecting
the manner of his death, the name of Frank Hugh Montgomery will always be asso-
ciated in the memory of dermatologists, with that of his heroic French colleague,
Henri Feulard, who perished in an effort to save the life of his daughter, in the con-
flagration at the Charity Bazaar of Paris in the year 1897, for he gave his own life in
a futile attempt to save the life of a guest of the family who had joined him and his
son in a sailing expedition. The son was saved because he obeyed his father's in-
structions. Thus at the early age of forty-six years the life work of Dr. Montgomery
was finished and yet is such a work ever finished? Does it not rather reach its
fruition in the lives of those who came within the radius of his influence, and the
radius in this instance was almost a worldwide one. He was known professionally
beyond the seas and in his own country had come to be recognized as occupying a most
eminent position in the profession. More than this the character of the man, unas-
suming in manner yet ever holding to the highest ideals, had endeared him to all who
knew him.

Following the death of Dr. Montgomery the University of Chicago Magazine
said: "In a time when specialization too often restricts the interests of scientific
men, Dr. Montgomery was notable for the breadth and geniality of his sympathy
with many sides of life. He was intensely fond of music, an enthusiastic mountain
climber, an energetic promoter of civic good, a thoughtful student of educational
questions. His loss is deeply felt among the colleagues who respected his ability,
and yet more deeply by the friends who knew his daily life and character."

On the occasion of the quarterly commencement of Rush Medical College in
a memorial address Dr. James B. Herrick said:



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"But even sober words of truth concerning him may sound extravagant, except
to those who knew him well. For there were grouped in him so many of the rarer
good qualities that their mere enumeration seems almost like describing the traits
of some ideal individual, and not those of a real man of the twentieth century.
He was unassuming, kindly, sympathetic, patient, honorable, refined, courteous,
pure minded, altogether lovable. He was by nature shy and retiring, even hesitat-
ing, so that on first acquaintance one might think him lacking in self-confidence
and in the forcefulness that make for initiative and accomplishment. To a certain
extent this was true. He was not aggressive, not one of those leaders of men who
consciously or by the sheer impetus given by an uncontrollable force within, push
to the front, leaving others to lag behind, or even to be jostled to one side. But
with all his quiet exterior there was a powerful internal latent energy. There
were depths within him known only to his intimates, depths of feeling, of purpose,
of high resolve, that led when occasion demanded, to virile action. The responsibil-
ities thrown upon him in the department of the college in which he taught and for
whose success he worked so loyally were cheerfully assumed and honorably, even
gloriously, borne. That in their twenty years of close association and of mutual
labor in professional, literary and college work his chief, whom he loved and re-
spected so highly, grew to lean more and more heavily upon him, is eloquent testi-
mony to his worth as a physician and teacher as well as a reliable, strong, resource-
ful man. That his neighbors made him an officer of the Improvement Association
is evidence not only of their faith in him as a citizen and neighbor but of their
knowledge that he would devote time and energy to plan for and accomplish that
which was the best in civic life. Though quiet and peace loving, he was capable
of righteous indignation and he took no uncertain stand in opposing what he re-
garded as wrong or injustice. So that in speaking of him as quiet, modest and
unassuming it should not be understood as implying that he was lacking in force
or in the power of accomplishment. He was not boisterous, but had a love of fun
and a keen sense of humor. And then there was about him a lovable something,
a simplicity and a sincerity, that made for him hosts of friends. Rarely will one
find more spontaneous and hearty tributes to personal good qualities than have
been uttered by those who knew him, even those who, as one expressed it, touched
only the outer edges of his character. There was something of the knightly about
him. He was a Sir Galahad, strong because of his purity of heart. We can almost
imagine him as one of that fair order of the table round, that glorious company,
the flower of men, that served as models for a mighty world. They laid their hands
in those of their great king, Arthur, and swore:

'To reverence the king, as if he were
Their conscience, and their conscience as their king,
To break the heathen, and uphold the Christ,
To ride abroad redressing human wrongs,
To speak no slander, no, nor listen to it,
To honor his own word as if his God's,
To lead sweet lives in purest chastity.'

"If his ability as a physician and teacher are passed over with but scant words
it is not because they were of slight worth. Far from it. He was unusually skilled



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as a diagnostician and resourceful as a therapist. As a teacher and writer he was
clear and forcible. He was well versed in the recent literature of dermatology
and had been for many years actively associated with Dr. Hyde in keeping the
successive editions of their text-book on Diseases of the Skin thoroughly up to
date. No small part of the excellent work on blastomycosis much of it pioneer
work that came from the private and public clinic of Drs. Hyde, Montgomery
and Ormsby was inspired by, or actually done, by him. He was interested in
matters pertaining to education and was always conscientiously endeavoring to
improve in the methods of teaching in accordance with the latest principles of
pedagogy.

"Dr. Montgomery was a specialist; he felt the unavoidable medical limitations
that go with specialization. He spoke more than once of the regret that he felt
that he had not at the beginning of his career had more experience in general medi-
cine and he felt that in perfecting himself as an expert in dermatology and closely
allied branches he was inevitably depriving himself of the delight of breathing
what seemed to him the freer air of the broader subjects of general medicine and
general surgery, not realizing that the same inevitable process was going on in
his colleagues about him, who were striving to perfect themselves as specialists in
other lines and that they, too, felt that more and more knowledge of subjects out-
side their chosen branches was a sealed book to them. His impartial criticism of
self sometimes made him underestimate his own ability in medical matters outside
his specialty, for, while a specialist, he was in no sense a narrow one.

"But, as has been said, he had a broad and living sympathy with many sides
of life that had to do with other than medical things. I may be pardoned, I trust,
for bringing in a personal allusion. The last meeting with Dr. Montgomery that
is impressed upon my mind is when, during the intermission in a Thomas concert
last winter, he took a seat beside me and spoke with critical enthusiasm of the
music just rendered and of the ability of the present conductor. These concerts
were a thorough enjoyment to him and many times I have heard him speak with
pleasurable anticipation of the expected treat of some particular favorite, a Bee-
thoven or Tschaikowsky symphony, particularly the 'Pathetic.' This night he
spoke, also, of his pleasure in his summer home across the lake, of 'how he had just
purchased an adjoining bit of woodland, not so much to keep out possible unde-
sirable neighbors as to keep inviolate the native woods he so loved. It was this
love of the beautiful in music and other forms of art, his love of nature, that re-
freshed him in mind and body after the weary monotony of the day's toil and that
gave him a marked intellectual and moral uplift and that kept him from becoming
narrowed. Too many of us slowly but surely drift away from intimate communion
with pictures, music, good literature, the mountains and the sea. We acquire more
book knowledge, more technical skill as practitioners perhaps, but we lack in broad-
ness of view, catholicity of spirit, in polish and refinement; we become, in a word,
narrowed. And I should dislike much to be obliged to defend the thesis that the
physician who spends much time at his music, his literature, in the forest, or climb-
ing the mountains, or who runs away often for a sniff of the salt air, is a worse doctor
than he who constantly grinds at his professional work. Nay, he is other things
being equal a better one. We may also well pattern after the example of our
friend in his not shrinking his duty as a citizen, in his fighting for a clean city,



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clean physically and politically. All honor to the physician who is willing to sac-
rifice time and energy, and to subject himself to possible abuse because he feels it
his duty to accept the call to serve his neighbors, the city, state or nation.

"This is not the place to speak of his home life; that is sacred. But I may
quote the words of one who writes: 'So good a man, so wise and kind a husband
and father, leaves more to the world than he takes away. Many times I have
said, "What a perfect home and how blessed the children who begin life with love
and tenderness so wisely shown." '

"When the lightning flash of some great sorrow illumines the obscurity of the
life about us we see for one brief moment and with an almost supernatural keen-
ness of vision things as they are: we look through form to reality. When the
dreadful word of his tragic death came to me there arose before me not the image
of the skilled practitioner, of the expert who deservedly stood so high in his chosen
specialty, nor that of the respected teacher, but the image of Frank Montgomery,
my classmate and my student friend, the pure-minded, trusty, honorable young
man ; and then the image of Frank Montgomery grown to manhood, with the sweet
gentleness and the noble traits that made him the respected, high-purposed gentle-
man. After all, that which counts is character. In our inmost hearts we know it.
In our lives we too often forget and strive for gain, for place, for the plaudits of
the multitude.

"We may all profit by considering the life of Dr. Montgomery. He has left
no illustrious name perpetuating some great discovery in medicine; he was no
genius of worldwide fame. But many a man of far greater fame than his has
passed away without the hush of respectful silence, or the rising of the unbidden
tear to friendly eyes such as followed when the news of Dr. Montgomery's death
was spread abroad. The dreadful manner of his death death by drowning and
the vain attempt to save the life of another seem to give an added pang to our
sorrow. But as he taught us how to live he taught us how to die. For when the
tragic hour had come, when the supreme test was upon him, there was no falter-
ing, his spirit rose sublime to the occasion and he glorified himself by a hero's
death. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends.'

' 'Tis a precious legacy to leave to wife, children and friends, that of a life
that needs no apology and of a death that is its own glorification. Such a legacy
he has left. And we of the faculty of Rush Medical College are thankful for the
strength he added as a member of our body, but above all, for his ennobling ex-
ample and for the sweet influence he shed about him as he moved quietly among
us for these past twenty years."

The following is a list of monograph and papers by Dr. Montgomery:
1898 "Contribution to the So-called Premycosis Stage of Mycosis Fungoides."

Drs. Hyde and Montgomery.

1900 "Three Cases of Blastomycetic Infection of the Skin, One of Them Produc-
ing a 'Tumor' of the Lower Lip." Drs. Montgomery and Ricketts.
1901 "A Brief Report of Two Hitherto Unrecorded Cases of Cutaneous Blasto-

mycosis." Dr. Montgomery.
"Further Report on a Previously Recorded Case of Blastomycosis of the



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Skin; Systemic Infection with Blastomycetes ; Death; Autopsy." Drs.
Montgomery and Walker.
1902 "A Case of Cutaneous Blastomycosis Followed by Laryngeal and Systemic

Tuberculosis; Death; Autopsy." Dr. Montgomery.
1903 "The Present Status of Phototherapy." Dr. Montgomery.
1905 "A Case of Pityriasis Rubra of Hebra's Type." Drs. Montgomery and

Bassoe.

1906 "White Spot Disease (Morphoea Guttata) and Lichen Planus Sclerosus et
Atrophicus. A Clinical and Histological Study of Three Cases, with a
Review of the Literature."- Drs. Montgomery and Ormsby.

"Systemic Blastomycosis; Its Etiological, Pathological, and Clinical Fea-
tures, as established by a Careful Survey and Summary of Twenty-two
Cases (Eight of Them Unpublished) ; the Relation of Blastomycosis and
Coccidioloid Granuloma." Drs. Montgomery and Ormsby. Transactions
of the 6th International Dermatological Congress, 1907.

"Report of a Case of Systemic Blastomycosis, Including Autopsy and Suc-
cessful Animal Inoculations." Dr. Montgomery. Reprinted from the
Journal of Cutaneous Diseases, September, 1907.

"Systemic Blastomycosis; Its Etiologic, Pathologic, and Clinical Features
as Established by a Critical Survey and Summary of Twenty-two Cases,
Seven Previously Unpublished ; The Relation of Blastomycosis to Coccidi-
oidal Granuloma." Drs. Montgomery and Ormsby. Reprinted from the
Archives of Internal Medicine, August, 1908.

"Some Common Errors in the Treatment of Infantile Eczema."- Dr. Mont-
gomery. Reprint from The Chicago Clinic, October, 1898.

"A Contribution to the Subject of Radiotherapy and Phototherapy in Car-
cinoma, Tuberculosis, and Other Diseases of the Skin." Drs. Hyde,
Montgomery and Ormsby. Read at the 53d Annual Meeting of the Amer-
ican Medical Association.

"Cutaneous Blastomycosis ; A Summary of the Observations of James Nevins
Hyde, A. M., M. D., and Frank Hugh Montgomery, M. D." Rush Med-
ical College, Chicago.

Dr. Montgomery was also joint author with Dr. Hyde of the following books:

"Treatise on Diseases of the Skin." Drs. Hyde and Montgomery ; Lea Broth-
ers & Company, Philadelphia and New York, 1904, and three former
editions.

"Treatise on Syphilis and the Venereal Diseases." Drs. Hyde and Mont-
gomery; Lea Brothers & Company.



ROWLAND LONGMIRE.

In Chicago's early history the name of Rowland Longmire figured prominently,
and even after the fire, in which he lost heavily, he continued an active factor in
the trade circles of the city until about three years prior to his death, which oc-
curred on the 1st of August, 1894. He was born in Whitehaven, England, Decem-
ber 26, 1837, the son of an English gentleman and large landowner, who gave to



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the boy good educational opportunities. He came to America a few months before
the bombardment of Fort Suniter and located in Charlestown, but with the initial
move that brought on the Civil war he made his way northward to Pittsburg and
afterward to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he engaged in business, establishing and con-
ducting a ladies and children's outfitting store until the spring of 1870. At that
date he came to Chicago and opened a similar establishment on the present site of
Marshall Field's great dry-goods emporium. There Mr. Longmire engaged in the
importation, manufacture and sale of all kinds of ladies' and children's apparel,
receiving his patronage from Chicago's best citizens. He lost very heavily in the
great fire of 1871 but resumed business on a smaller scale and continued in the
trade until 1891, when ill health forced his retirement. He was known throughout
business circles in Chicago as a reliable man who adhered closely to high standards
and merited the prosperity which crowned his labors.

On the 30th of December, 1867, in Covington, Kentucky, Mr. Longmire was
united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Craig, a daughter of Hiram and Hannah
Craig of that city. Of their three children, Blanche died April 7, 1906. Lillian
is now the wife of William Shide, of Warren, Arkansas. Stanley W., the only
son, buyer for Sears, Roebuck & Company, married Bertha A. Purdy, a daughter
of Warren Purdy, former president of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Rail-



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