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Garth Arthur Riddler, M.D.

Garth Arthur Riddler, M. D.

[Source: Francis White Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans, vol. 3 (1914)]

A young physician who is rising rapidly into prominence as a member of the Dallas medical fraternity, Dr. Riddler is assistant city health officer, and has been engaged in practice in this city since 1911. His career has been one of fast advancement, during which he worked his own way through school and college, and by means of various occupations, such as clerical and reportorial duties paid his tuition and supported himself until he became an active member of the profession for which he had centered his ambition.

Garth Arthur Riddler was born at Jefferson City, Missouri, September 3, 1882, a son of John G. and Sophie (Sharp) Riddler. A young man of nineteen, after having received a fair amount of schooling in the public schools of his native state, Dr. Riddler came to Texas, locating at Denison, where he remained for two years, and was engaged as a clerk.

In 1903 he located at Dallas, where he became a student in the Southern Methodist Medical University. While carrying on his studies, he was engaged as a reporter for a daily newspaper, and for several years clerked in a drug store. In spite of these handicaps, he was third on the honor roll of his class, when he graduated with the degree of M.D. in 1911. He was a very popular member of college circles, was affiliated with the Kappa Psi, and was a delegate to the national convention of this fraternity held at Birmingham, Alabama, in 1910. He was also regent for the local chapter of the Kappa Psi in 1909 and 1910.

During his senior year in college. Dr. Riddler was interned at St. Paul's Sanitarium in Dallas, subsequently he became steward of the Dallas city hospital, and is now assistant city health officer. His work in the profession has had one serious interruption. On December 10, 1911, he was struck by an incoming interurban electric car, and sustained severe injuries to his left eye, fracture of five bones of the skull and also a fracture of his collar bone in two places. For twelve days he lay unconscious in St. Paul's Sanitarium and on the fifth day was stricken with the then prevailing epidemic of spinal meninigitis, which kept him isolated and away from his duties for several weeks longer. On January 1, 1913, Dr. Riddler was appointed a member of the faculty of the Southern Methodist Medical College, his Alma Mater. With his other duties he enjoys a large practice, is a member of the advisory board of the Mothers' Council of Dallas and is rapidly coming to rank among the foremost if the younger members of the medical profession in this city.


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