Benjamin Franklin Van Meter

Age 60, prominent physician and surgeon, formerly of Lexington, died March 8. 1934 at 7:30 a.m. at home in Rancho Santa Fe, California after a long illness; moved to California about 1931; had served as army surgeon during Spanish- American War and World War I; rank of major during WWI; native of Clark County, Kentucky, son of Benjamin F. and Amelia Lewis VanMeter; received early education at private school in Winchester and at Kentucky State College, graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York in 1897, post graduate work at other New York hospitals; returned to Lexington to live and practice after the Spanish-American War; in 1917, was made Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; served as president of the Fayette County Medical Society, attending surgeon at both local hospitals, chief surgeon of the Kentucky National Guard; survivors: wife, May Hubbard Wetherill VanMeter, son, Benjamin F. VanMeter, III, Rancho Santa Fe, CA, daughters, Mrs. Lloyd Averitt, Lexington, KY, Mrs. Stanley Leland, New York City, sisters, Miss Mabelle VanMeter and Mrs. Emma V. Hamilton, both of Lexington, and brother, Thomas VanMeter, Lexington, KY.

From: Lexington Leader, p. 1, Thursday, March 8, 1934.

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