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STOUT, BEECHER FRANKLIN

STOUT, BEECHER FRANKLIN (1877–1957). Beecher Franklin Stout, pathologist, was born in Baldwin City, Kansas, on May 27, 1877, the son of the Rev. Andrew V. and Anne (Dean) Stout. He went to school in Olathe, Kansas, and in 1900 received an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City. After internship at St. Margaret's Hospital he returned to the university for postgraduate training in pathology. In 1904 in San Antonio he established the first private laboratory for clinical pathology in Texas. In 1907 he was appointed city bacteriologist and in 1909 served a term as physician to the San Antonio public schools. After receiving reports of August von Wassermann's serodiagnostic test for syphilis, Stout traveled to the Charité Hospital in Berlin for two months' study under Wassermann's associates in 1910. He returned to San Antonio, where he performed the first Wassermann tests in the state. He later attended Cornell University Medical College in New York for additional postgraduate training in pathology. Stout practiced medicine for fifty years. He was a pathologist at Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital, where he also served on the board of directors, Nix Memorial Hospital, and the Salvation Army Hospital; consulting pathologist to the Physicians and Surgeons Hospital; and a member of the San Antonio Board of Health. He was a member of the Bexar County Medical Society and the American Medical Association and chairman of the Section on Clinical Pathology of the Texas Medical Association in 1933 and 1943. In 1944 he instituted the first tumor seminar in San Antonio. Stout was a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and a founder and charter member of the Texas Society of Pathologists. He was rejected by the army in World War I because of a hearing defect. In 1918 he became a contract clinical pathologist to the Medical Department of the United States Army and served as chief of the Serologic Service at the hospital at Fort Sam Houston. He wrote the chapter on serodiagnosis of syphilis for a government textbook of clinical pathology. He also authored numerous scientific papers. In 1956 Stout received the George Caldwell Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of medicine in Texas from the Texas Society of Pathologists. Stout was married to Llora Beach of Kansas City in 1905. They had one daughter. He died of cardiovascular failure in San Antonio on January 24, 1957.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Pat Ireland Nixon, A Century of Medicine in San Antonio (San Antonio, 1936). Pat Ireland Nixon, A History of the Texas Medical Association, 1853–1953 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1953). Texas State Journal of Medicine, April 1957.

Patricia L. Jakobi

Citation

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

Patricia L. Jakobi, "STOUT, BEECHER FRANKLIN," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fstcb), accessed April 20, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.