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Robert L. Garrard Collection

 

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About Robert L. Garrard

 Born in Boaz, Alabama, in 1905, Robert Lemley Garrard was graduated from Snead Seminary in Boaz, Alabama, in 1924 and received his B.A. degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 1928. He received a Master’s degree at the same institution. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was also co-founder and National President of Alpha Epsilon Delta from 1928 to 1930. He completed his first two years of medicine at Alabama and then transferred to Harvard Medical School, where he received his M.D. in 1932. He then interned at Rhode Island Hospital from 1933 to 1935. He had a residency in Psychiatry at Boston Psychopathic Hospital (now Massachusetts Mental Health Center) from 1936-1939 and a residency in neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1940.

 

Garrard became the staff Psychiatrist at the Broughton Hospital in Morganton, N.C., from 1940- 1941. He started his own practice in Greensboro, N.C., in 1941, but was interrupted by the mobilization of the Duke Unit. Garrard began military service as a member of the 65th General Hospital or Duke Unit, from 1942 to 1946. Garrard became Chief of the psychiatric service at the army general hospitals and was discharged a Lieutenant Colonel. During his time in the service, Garrard wrote Service in Foreign Lands, an account of his experiences during World War II.

 

After completing his service in the military, he began his practice in Greensboro, N.C., and became very active in the State Medical Society. In 1959, he was president of the Guilford County Medical Society as well as being Chief of Psychiatry at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital from 1953 to 1968. He was instrumental in beginning SPOG (Senior Physicians of Guilford). Garrard died in 1989.

 

About the collection

 

The Robert L. Garrard Collection consists of research materials, clippings, subject files, writings, manuscripts, and museum items related to Garrard’s research interests and writing projects. Also included are materials related to Garrard’s position as Chief of Psychiatry at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital from 1953 to 1968.

 

Some of the subjects represented in the collection include: medical service in foreign countries during World War II; the history of Boaz, Alabama; the social and emotional needs of the elderly; neuropsychiatry; William Norment, M.D.; Julian M. McGee, M.D.; Thomas Edgar Sikes, M.D.; and general medical history.

 

Only the portions of this collection specifically relating to the history of medical practice in Greensboro will be digitized. Dr. Phillips' sibject files pertaning to other issues are available for viewing onsite at the Cone Health Medical Library.

 

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