Green Lawn Abbey

Gilliam, D. Tod

D. Tod Gilliam
Born 1844
Died 1923
--Had been in Active Practice in Columbus for More Than Thirty-Five Years—

--Entered Army at Age of 16 and Was Wounded and Captured by Confederates.—
Dr. D. Tod Gilliam, one of Columbus’ best-known medical men and who had been in active practice here for more than 35 years, died at his home, 1819 Franklin Park South, at 9 o’clock Tuesday evening. While at his summer cottage at Buckeye Lake, Dr. Gilliam was stricken with paralysis on July 12 and this resulted in his death.
Dr. Gilliam was a teacher in the old Columbus Starling and Starling-Ohio Medical colleges, having been among the first to conduct research work along the line of gynecology. He taught gynecology in the colleges for many years and was professor emeritus of that subject at Starling-Ohio. Dr. Gilliam made a specialty in the study of gynecology and was widely known both at home and abroad. He was a member of the American Medical association, the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Ohio Medical society, the Columbus Academy of Medicine and also an honorary member of the Columbus General Practitioners’ society. He was also the publisher of several books on medical subjects.

He was in his eightieth year, having been born at Hebron. His parents came to Ohio early in the nineteenth century from Virginia. On both sides of his ancestry he was a true F.F.V., and on his father’s side was a descendant of one of the Norman barons who conquered England in 1066 A.D. At the age of 16 Dr. Gilliam enlisted in the second West Virginia Loyal Cavalry and after a few months’ service in the Union army was wounded and captured by the Confederates at Gauley River, Va. He later made his escape, going to his father’s home at Middleport and then came to a parole camp in Columbus. Upon becoming so seriously ill that it was thought he would die, he was discharged from the army. Following his recovery he attended a business college at Cincinnati but later entered Ohio medical college and graduated in 1871. He began his practice of medicine in Nelsonville and accepted the chair of pathology at the Columbus Medical college in 1877.

Dr. Gilliam was married Oct. 7, 1866, to Lucinda E. Minturn of Nelsonville. In addition to his widow, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Earl M. Gilliam, Columbus, and Robert Lee Gilliam, Fresno, Calif., and one daughter, Mrs. W. T. Lum, Columbus; two grandchildren, Dr. David B. Gilliam and David Tod Gilliam; three sisters, Mrs. F. R. Allen, Mrs. Jennie Woodard and Miss Hattie Gilliam, all of Columbus; also a brother, John A. Gilliam, of St. Louis, Mo.
Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. Interment will be in Green Lawn. The Edward E. Fisher Co. is in charge of the arrangements.
A committee is to be appointed from among Dr. Gilliam’s friends, representative of the Columbus Academy of Medicine, to attend the funeral services. Resolutions on the death of Dr. Gilliam are to be adopted by the academy, and it is expected that a memorial service will be held at an early date.
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