The Washington Times-Herald

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June 14, 2013

A first family of medicine

Celebrating 100 years at Daviess Community Hospital

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WASHINGTON —

The Klansmen retreated.

 Jack McKittrick, M.D.

Jack McKittrick was born in Plainville on May 7, 1912.  After moving to Washington he graduated from Washington High School.  Earning his medical degree from Indiana University, Jack then married Washington’s former Mary Seal and joined his father’s medical practice in 1937.  For many decades their office was on the Fourth Floor of the Peoples’ Bank Building at Main and Second streets.

Doc Jack served on staff of the Daviess County Hospital for 50 years and made his nursing home rounds on Sunday mornings. He often said he felt God’s presence with him during those rounds as clearly as in any church.

Modern Medical Diagnostics

Jack brought to his practice a device that was rare in southern Indiana. In fact, Daviess County Hospital did not even have this soon-to-be essential piece of equipmentÉ an x-ray machine.  It was the only one in private practice for counties around and “Doc Jack” frequently loaned it to the hospital. Upon his retirement he donated this x-ray unit to the Daviess County Historical Society, along with other medical equipment.

 Empathetic WWII  Flight Surgeon

However strong was Doc Jack’s devotion to his Daviess County patients it was later to be equaled by his serving and caring for his B-17 bomber flight crews in Great Britain during World War II.  Capt. Jack McKittrick, M.D. was a flight surgeon in the Eight Air Force serving under Gen. Curtis Lemay.

 During the war Capt. McKittrick’s wife, Mary, was the director of the Daviess County Red Cross. The B & O railroad was very active transporting military service personnel across the country and Washington was always a stopping point. Mary was in charge of coordinating their meals and lodging.

After the war Jack returned to Washington and resumed his medical practice.  Jack and Mary adopted an infant son, William Michael, in 1948. Serving his community for three and a half more decades until his retirement in 1982, Dr. Jack McKittrick died Feb. 27, 1996.

 

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