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These are a few brief biographies of the early Van Zandt County physicians who practiced medicine in the "good old days" where often they traveled to their patients by horse and buggy, through all kinds of weather. They were highly respected in their respective communities and throughout the county. These biographies were extracted by Mable Cook from the minutes of the Van Zandt County Medical Society. If anyone has more information on these doctors, please let us know by contacting Sibyl and we will be happy to add the information and thank you for sharing.


Dr. Robert Lee Gray


Dr. Robert Lee Gray, son of Dr. Andrew J. Gray, deceased, was born December 30, 1876, at Cream Level, Texas. He graduated from the Alamo Institute about 1891 and Alexander's Collegiate Institute in 1896. He entered medical school in Fort Worth, Texas in 1896; took his bachelor of science degree from Transylvania University in 1897, and his medical degree from the Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1898. He had continuously practiced his profession of medicine at Edom, Chandler, Rule and Ben Wheeler, Texas, up to the time of his death on October 22, 1926.
In December 1900, he was married to Miss Minnie Stuart, daughter of William J. Stuart of Brownsboro, Texas. To this union were born four children, Zaleme, Kathly, Jack, and Robert L. Jr. His wife died of appendicitis in 1914. In October 1916, he was married to Mrs. Eunice Lawrence of Chandler, Texas. Dr. Gray was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church He was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, A Shriner, belonging to the Karem Temple of Waco, Texas; He was a member of the AMA, North Texas Medical Association, the Texas State Medical Association, the Van Zandt County Medical Society. He was the county health officer of Van Zandt County. Dr. Gray suffered various slight attacks of cerebral hemorrhages but continued his work until September 25, 1926, when he was strciken with a severe attack which terminated in his death, October 22, 1926. He was survived by his wife, his four children and one sister, Mrs. J.W. Downs of Nashville, Tennessee, and other relatives.


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