Carpenter, Eugene R. (1873–1934)

By: Clinton P. Hartmann

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Eugene R. Carpenter, brain surgeon, son of William D. and Emma (Shanks) Carpenter, was born on October 5, 1873, in Knob Noster, Missouri. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Michigan and graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1898. He served as intern at Kings County Hospital, New York City, and did postgraduate work at Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital and in London and Vienna. He practiced medicine in El Paso, Texas, and became a member of the county and state medical societies and the American Ophthalmological and Oto-pharyngological Society. On July 20, 1916, he married Lucile Snyder. Carpenter served as a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps in World War I and in 1921 began practice as a brain surgeon in Dallas. He was also a designer of medical instruments. He became a member of the American Association of Surgeons and was later made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a Mason. He died on October 9, 1934, in Dallas and was buried at Knob Noster, Missouri.

Dallas Morning News, October 11, 1934. Frank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E. W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916]). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.
  • Health and Medicine
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Brain Surgeons
Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era
  • Great Depression
  • Texas in the 1920s
  • North Texas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Clinton P. Hartmann, “Carpenter, Eugene R.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994

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