December 18: Kinsey Macleod Simonton (1994)

Dr. Kinsey M. Simonton was a longtime member of the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Simonton was the head of the section of otolaryngology and rhinology (study of diseases and disorders affecting the nasal cavity and sinuses) and a professor of otolaryngology in Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Born Feb. 21, 1908, in Wamego, Kansas, he went to public schools in Wendell, Idaho, attended the University of Oregon for two years, and then transferred to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he received his bachelor of science and doctor of medicine degrees. He interned at Gallinger Municipal Hospital (now D.C. General) and received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. On March 30, 1937, during his time in Washington, Simonton and Anita Brunet Dunlap were married at the Church of the Epiphany by rector ZeBarney Phillips.

In July 1934, Simonton came to Rochester as a fellow in otolaryngology and rhinology, was appointed to the staff in October 1937, and became an instructor in otolaryngology in the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1939. He was advanced to assistant professor in 1943, to associate professor in 1947 and to professor in 1961. During World War II he was an officer in the Army Medical Corps and served in a number of places, including the 237th Station Hospital at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, Stark General Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, Rhoads General Hospital in Utica, New York, and in New Guinea and the Philippines. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel and was discharged in June 1946. Dr. Simonton became head of the section of otolaryngology and rhinology at Mayo Clinic in October 1958, a post he held until January 1965 when he became a senior consultant. After his retirement from the clinic, Simonton went into practice in Atlanta and was chief of staff of the Atlanta Hospital.

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