Hosea Allen White, an obstetrician in the Corpus Christi area for fifty years, was born on January 27, 1883, near Brookhaven, Mississippi. White attended Mississippi College and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1911. After practicing for four years in northeast Mississippi, he moved to the Corpus Christi area. He served as a United States Army doctor during World War I. In 1935 he was Corpus Christi's health officer. For some years he traveled on ungraded roads in a horse-drawn buggy, delivering babies from Kingsville to Aransas Pass. He generously provided obstetrical services to many low-income families, charging modest or no fees. In the early 1940s, at his own expense, White established a sixteen-bed maternity hospital and estimated that he delivered 700 babies each year until that hospital closed in 1952. He estimated that he had delivered 16,000 babies during his career. White was an active member of the Nueces County Medical Society. In 1961 he was elected to honorary membership in the Texas Medical Association; he also belonged to the American Medical Association. He was a Mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi. White married Bessie Batton, and they were the parents of five children. He died in Corpus Christi on August 7, 1966.
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Corpus Christi Caller-Times, August 8, 1966. Texas Medicine, January 1967.
Health and Medicine
Physicians and Surgeons
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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“White, Hosea Allen,”
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September 1, 1995
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