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      Dr. John D. Lawson, secretary and business manager of the Woodland Clinic Hospital and an experienced capable exponent of his profession, is one of California’s native sons.  He was born on a ranch five miles northwest of Woodland, on the 5th of October, 1895, and here acquired his grammar and high school education.  In preparation for his chosen calling he enrolled as a student in the medical department of St. Louis University, from which he was graduated in 1920 with the M. D. degree, and while attending that institution he entered the Medical Reserve Corps of the United States Army during the period of the World War.  When his course was completed he began the practice of medicine and surgery in San Francisco, spending about a year in that city, and then returned to Woodland.  In August, 1928, he became secretary and business manager of the Woodland Clinic Hospital and in addition to the efficient discharge of his important duties in that connection he took charge of the department of radiology, which he is still managing.  Thoroughly conversant with that branch of the profession which pertains to Roentgen rays, he utilizes his scientific knowledge to good advantage in his efforts to cope with disease and is contributing toward the success of one of the foremost medical institutions of the Pacific coast region.

      Dr. Lawson was united in marriage to Miss Louise Switzer, who is also a native of Yolo County, and both have a wide circle of friends in Woodland.  Fraternally the Doctor is an Elk, belonging to Woodland Lodge, No. 1299, while along social lines he has connection with the Fliers Club and the Del Paso Country Club of Sacramento.  He enjoys life in the open and largely finds his recreation in golf.  Through the exercise of effort he has developed his mental powers, which have carried him rapidly forward in his profession, and he keeps in close touch with its progress through constant study and research as well as through his membership in the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Society, the Radiological Society of North America, the California Medical Society and the American Medical Association.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 400-401. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

 © 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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