Dr. Edwin T. Darby Article

from Cortland Standard
October 29th, 1926

Honor for Dr. Edwin T. Darby

Noted Dental surgeon, Long a summer Resident of Glen Haven.

Many Homer friends and acquaintances of Dr. Edwin Tyler Darby, now 81 years old will be interested to know that the alumni of the dental school of the University of Pennsylvania have inaugurated a campaign to raise a fund of $200,000 to endow a chair in that school in his honor to be known as the Edwin Tyler Darby chair in operative dentistry.

Dr. Darby was for 43 years a professor occupying this chair and is now emeritus professor of this branch of dentistry and has greatly endeared himself to the alumni of the school.

Dr. Darby and his family for many years spent their summers at their cottage on Skaneateles Lake near Glen Haven and became well acquainted in Homer and vicinity and the doctor has many warm friends here who will be glad of this honor which has been accorded him. Dr. Darby's home is at Lansdowne PA, a suburb of Philadelphia and the local paper published there says of him:

Dr. Darby was born at Binghamton N.Y. August 21, 1845, the son of Rev. Chauncey Darby, a Baptist clergyman and Mary Short Darby. (Rev. Chauncey Darby is the son of Joseph Darby Sr. of Homer) He received his early education at Cortland Academy, Homer, that state and began the study of dentistry with Dr. Ransom Walker of Oswego. At the age of 17 he began the practice of dentistry of his own account at Marion, Wayne Co. N.Y.

He entered the Pennsylvania college of dental surgery Philadelphia in 1864 graduating the following year with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Almost immediatley after graduation he was elected chief demonstrator of operative dentistry in the college, which position he eheld for a number of years. In 1878 he was chosen to fill the chair of operative dentistry, dental histology and dental pathology, which office he held for 41 years. In 1879 the U. of P. conferred on him the degree of doctor of Medicine and in 1915 the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In 1920 He was elected emeritus professor of operative dentistry. Dr. Darby has been homored many times by dental societies in other states and has held the presidency of the Pennsylvania State Dental Society(1875) and the American Dental Association (1883). He hopes to spend the rest of his life doing some of the things that his active professional carreer has prevented him from accomplishing.


            History Note: Dr. Darby received almost every honor that the dental profession can confer. He was awarded the Jarvie Medal by the State of New York in 1906, the Jenkins Medal by the State of Connecticut in 1924. He was in constant demand as an after-dinner speaker, conspicuous in always saying the right thing in the right place. Besides having good sense, he had unfailing good taste (Dr. Darby's memorium transcript).

He had a summer home which was his dearest love on the shore of the beautiful Skaneateles Lake in Western NY.

His recreations at his summer home were reading, rowing, walking, driving, and "tinkering" in his shop.

Having a mechanical turn of mind and being a great lover of fine tools, his workship was always a great source of delight. His mechanical turn is shown in the dental instruments of his design, many of which are used by the profession throughout the world today including the Darby Scaler, Darby Tooth Powder, Darby Prophylactic fluid, and many other dental related items.

Dr Darby died December 11, 1929 of Pneumonia.


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