Holden - Frederick Clark Holden (1868-1944)


Holden - Frederick Clark Holden (1868-1944)

Frederick Clark Holden was born to Simeon Amasa and Hannah Augusta Gott (Verrill) Holden, on November 4, 1868 in Tremont, Maine. Frederick married Rachel Maude Wilson, daughter of William Wilson, a pharmacist in Brooklyn, New York, on November 10, 1897. Frederick Clark Holden died, at the age of 76, on August 27, 1944 in Prout’s Neck, Maine.

Frederick’s uncle was Cummings Milliken Holden, who, with his wife, Julia Ann Clark, granddaughter of Nathan Clark, was the proprietor of the Hotel Dirigo in Southwest Harbor.

Frederick had little formal education after grade school, but attended New York University and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated from New York University in 1892 with an M.D. and served his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.

“I remember my father telling me my grandfather was christened "Fred Clark Holden," but changed it to Frederick when he became a doctor - thought it sounded more professional!” - Oral history from Frederick’s granddaughter, Anne (Holden) Kieckhefer (Mrs. Walter F. Kieckhefer) - October 2007.

From 1895 to 1906 he was on the staff at St. Mary’s and at Williamsburg Hospital. He served for eight years at Methodist Hospital as attending obstetrician and gynecologist at Long Island College Hospital. In 1914 he became chief obstetrician and gynecologist at Greenpoint Hospital and served there for five years.

He was director of the department of gynecology at Bellevue Hospital for fifteen years before 1934 and was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Medical College until 1932. From 1940 to 1944 he was Director of Gynecology at the Jersey City Medical Center and associate attending surgeon of the same services at French Hospital.


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