Mahlon H. Atkinson, MD

From The Capital Region of New York State, Crossroads of Empire, 1942
Francis P. Kimball


Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin


Mahlon H. Atkinson, M. D.---One of Catskillís best known professional men, Dr. Mahlon H. Atkinson has specialized in general surgery and fracture work in recent years. He is connected with a number of hospitals and organized groups in his profession, and is widely respected and honored.

Dr. Atkinson was born January 17, 1895, in South Amboy, New Jersey, son of Lawrence R. and Margaret (Stevenson) Atkinson. His parents now live with Dr. Atkinson. His father, who is retired, is a native of Pennsylvania. The mother came from New Jersey.

Public schools provided Dr. Mahlon H. Atkinsonís early formal education, and he completed his high school studies at South Amboy, his New Jersey birthplace, then went to the University of North Carolina, taking his degree of Bachelor of Science there in 1916. After an intervening period of war service, he studied medicine at the Harvard University Medical School, where he took the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1923.  His World War service with the United State Army began early in 1917 and continued until he was honorably discharged in May, 1919, rising from a first-class sergeant in rank to first lieutenant. Connected with the Sanitary Corps, he was assigned to United States Army Base Hospital, No. 1, at Vichy, France, there working in the X-ray department.

After completing his post-war medical studies, Dr. Atkinson began a general practice in Catskill in 1926. Meanwhile, he had an internship at Boston City Hospital, and served as resident surgeon at Albany Hospital.  He attended, at different periods, many special courses at the New York Post-Graduate Hospital, in New York City, as well as in Boston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and elsewhere, so adding to his knowledge and skill. Gradually he limited his practice more and more to general surgery and to fractures, which have absorbed his major attention in recent years.

In addition to his regular practice, Dr. Atkinson has written numerous articles on fractures for medical journals. He has served as president of the Greene County Medical Society. He belongs to the York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His is chairman of the staff of the Greene County Memorial Hospital. Among his public duties, he ahs served as coroner of Catskill, He is a Republican in his political views, and is president of the Catskill Republican Club. Local civic, social and athletic affairs have taken up much of his time, and he is a past president of several organizations here---the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Catskill Country Club, the Rip Van Winkle Club and the Catskill Athletic Association. He is a member of Catskill Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in which Order he is affiliated also with Catskill Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Catskill Council, Royal and Select Masters; Kingston Commandery, Knights Templar and the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He is affiliated, too, with Catskill Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worships in the faith of the Reformed Church of Catskill.

In Boston, Massachusetts, on April 4, 1921, Dr. Mahlon H. Atkinson married Lillon P. Hamer, of that city. They became the parents of one son, Mahlon H. Atkinson, Jr., a Catskill school student.


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