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Memorial Tribute

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Prol. Dunster died on Thursday afternoon, May 3 at 6:30 o'clock. Uutil a few weeks ago he was witb us m the woik of the University, and it is only within a ïnontti that his illness has alarming. During this college year, becommg memorable to us with losses,again and again the ranks of the Senate are being broken by the fall of another and another trusted member. dropping frorn the activity of lul) professional engagernents. But it is quite enough for to-day, in the overflow of our sorrow, that we are now stricken by the loss of 011e closely bouncl to us in love, highly gifted in his endowrnents, eminent in" nis attainments, most capable in his chosen lield. Hurably submitting to the will of God who orders events in the lives of men, we make record of our loss in simple terms of gratitude for the great worth of service our friend bas rendered during the period of the labors of his life. Edward Swift Dunster was born September 2, 1S34, in Springvale, Me. He gradiftrted m arts at Harvard College 'in 1856 and in medicine at the New York College of Medicine and Surgery in 1859. During the thirty years of his professional life he was for live years in medical service in the ar.ny, afterward for four years in charge of large city hospitils; for six years the chief editor of a leading medical magazine; and during twenty years he has tilled chairs of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children in colleges of medicine. He' has served the Department of Medicine and Surgery in this university for flfteen years, tlie University of Vermont from 1868 to 1871; the Long Island, College Hospital from 1869 to 1874, and and the Medical Department of Dartmouth College since 1871. The extent of his labors has beeu limited only by his physical powers. In Harvard College he bore high honors; in his medical course he received the highest avvaid in his class; in the army he was a medical offlcer of the United States regular staff throughout the war, and was rapidly advanced, being placed as director of the hospitals, medical inspector and aid in the otliue of the Surgeon General. As the editor of the New York Medical Journal, from 1866 to 1872, he drew fortli able workers, and showed power of methodical condensation, instituting the regular publication of concise suuïmaries of coutributions m the several j brauches of medicine, with f uil ! enees to the original sources. ile had, engaged in medical practico in the city of New York before entering the army, and, afterlus return, he resumed the same practice, chiefiy in that important branch of medical aid to which he especially devoted his life. During his residence in Ann Arbor his skill has i eontinued to be sought in consultation by physicians of this and adjoiuing States. As a teacher in the study of medisine he was at home with bis classes, clearly definitive in the order of his subject, lucid and forcible in expositiou, giving life to his theuie, as he spoke directly from the stores of bis learning and his personal expeiience. As a contributor to the literature of his profession he was esteemed tor an impartial and exhaustivo collection of actual evidences, making an unsparr.ig rejection of extrinsic matters, reaching conclusions only so far as supported by established proofs, and holding a consistent torce in the exercise of his judgment. Among his many contnbutions may be named: "ïhe Belations of the Medical Profession to Modern Education," "ïhe Logic of Medicine." ''The History of the Theory of Spontaneous Geueration," "Xotes on Doublé Monsters," "Abbreviation of the feecond Stage of Labor," "Comparativo Mortality From Wounds and Erom Disease in Armies," "Argument Before the American Medical Asspeiatiqn Against Kestricting the Teaching of Students of Irregular or Exclusive Systems of of Medicine,1' "The Prophylaxis of Puerperal Conyulsions," "The History of Ana;thesia." Some more extended contnbutions for publication in a permanent form are left unfluished at the time of his death. As a physiciau he was most sympathetic with the afficted, kindly, frank in his announceinents, true and unsweryÍ112; in his deductiens, a benefactor in numberless housèholds. In educational affairs', as a counselor and an advoaate of the interests of the University, he was clear in his propositions, broad in the range of his expeiience, and vigerous in his pleadings. ever urging the best aims of professional culture. His life of 54 years has given good eainest of his direct lineage from ilenry Dunster, the first President of Harvard College. To us, the members of this Senate, he has endeared bimself by the consistent iutegrity of his personal relations and a most genial hearing in the occasions of daily intercourse. As a Senate, we desire to extend to the family of our departed colleague our sincere and heartfelt sympathies; while we know that in this time of their most severe trial, consolatiOH and support can only be given to thern by the InQuite Hand. The funeral services were held at the Congregational church Monday afternoon, Kevs. Drs. Ryder and Earp officiating.