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Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois

Page 274


William W. Van Wormer, M.D., D.D.S., of Girard, Illinois, is one of the prominent young professional men of the city, a graduate in both medicine and dentistry, although he is confining his efforts to the practice of medicine and surgery. Dr. Van Wormer was born April 30, 1878, in Christian County, Illinois, and is a son of John E. and Lucy (Rutherford) Van Wormer.

The father of Dr. Van Wormer was a native of the state of New York, where he was engaged in the hotel business for a number of years. Dr. Van Wormer completed the common and high school course at Virden, Illinois, and then entered Marion Sims Beaumont Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri. There he graduated in the dental department in April, 1899, receiving at that time a gold medal for proficiency. He continued his studies in medicine and surgery and was graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1903, receiving the highest honors of the class. He located for practice in Girard, fitting up a suite of six rooms very elegantly and installing all modern surgical appliances, making his quarters the best equipped in the county. Although thoroughly competent in both dentistry and medicine, he has devoted his attention solely to the practice of medicine and surgery.

Dr. Van Wormer was married to Edith B. Metcalf, the accomplished daughter of Charles H. Metcalf, a retired capitalist of Girard. One son, Charles, has been born to them. They are members of the Christian Church and both are prominent socially.

Dr. Van Wormer continues to be an enthusiastic student of the great questions of medical science and keeps in touch with all the wonderful discoveries and successful experiments which lead the way toward still greater accomplishment. He is a valued member of the Illinois State Medical Society, the Macoupin County Medical Society as well as the American Medical Association. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic bodies, the Knights of Pythias, the Improved Order of the Red Men and the Modern Woodmen of America. He is held in much esteem in Girard and is recognized as a young physician who has every promise of a very brilliant career before him.

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