Introduction: The following is part of a tribute to Dr. Joseph Brenneman delivered by Dr. Richard Louis Nachman, M.D. in 1995 on the 100th anniversary of the Chicago Pediatric Society. The credentials of Dr. Nachman are available at the Putnam County Historical Society as well as the complete text of his presentation.
Dr. Nachman stated that during his service to the Children’s Memorial Hospital, Dr. Brennemann was unpaid most of the time and only paid a very small salary during his final years in Chicago. He financed what is now the Brenneman Library without assistance from the hospital board. How did he manage all he accomplished without an income? It is believed the Brennemann families in LaSalle and Putnam County supported him during his years in Chicago and provided the funds to establish the library that now carries his name.