The new guide to the Park J. White Papers at the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Park J. White’s early life.

Park Jerauld White was born to Sophia Banker White and Park Jerauld White in Green Ridge, Staten Island on December 31, 1891.  He entered Harvard College in 1909, after attending Staten Island Academy (Harvard College Class of 1913; 1917).  As an undergraduate, he was the secretary of the Socialist Club and Illustrated, 1911-1913, the Speakers Club, and the Christian Association (Harvard 1913). In his commencement address, Harvard’s Radical’s, he talks about the Socialist Club and the contributions of its members to Harvard during his time there. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard in 1913. He later received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1917.


He was appointed intern at Gouveneur Hospital in New York City for 2 years beginning July, 1917. But he was unable to finish this internship because of a bout with pneumonia, and was declared unfit for military service in August 1917 because of it.  By November 1917, he was well enough to begin an internship with New York Hospital. He joined the Army reserves in December 1917 and continued this internship  while on inactive duty in the reserves.  He was then called to inactive duty in 1919 and served first at cardio vascular school at Lakewood, NJ and at camp Hancock, GA as cardiovascular examiner. His last assignment was as medical assistant at General Hospital 2 at Fort McHenry, MD. 


He married Maria Bain White of St. Louis in 1918. By 1920, He had begun a practice of pediatrics in St. Louis (Harvard College Class of 1913 1920).   The rest of his biography is in the biographical note of the finding aid.


Scope and Contents of the Park J. White Papers


The Park J. White Papers contain correspondence and publications relate to his career in the Department of Pediatrics and his appointments at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Also included are his publications on politics, race relations, religion, and health; other scientific manuscripts and literary manuscripts, including works of poetry; and speeches and lecture material related to the course in medical ethics which he taught at the Washington University School of Medicine.