Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 06:08:46 :
Monday, Feb. 7, 1955
Pioneer S.F. Woman Physician Succumbs
Dr. Agnes Mary Conrad, retired physician and Marin County resident for the past 35 years, died yesterday in Franklin Hospital in San Francisco where she practiced medicine when the hospital was built more than 60 years ago.
Dr. Conrad, who was born 87 years ago, lived in retirement for 27 years at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseffa Stewart, at Olema. Prior to that, she lived in Kentfield for eight years.
In 1890, she was graduated from Columbus Medical School, which is now the medical school at Ohio State University. At that time she was 22 years old. Before her death, she was the only living graduate of the school.
Shortly after, she came to San Francisco, where she practiced medicine for the 38 years of her career. At one time she was a staff member of University of California Hospital.
A specialist in obstetrics, Dr. Conrad was commended by the City of San Francisco for doing emergency work with the Red Cross during and after the earthquake and fire in 1906. She set up a tent and took care of a number of expectant mothers and their deliveries.
Dr. Conrad’s mother, Dr. Ludwina Eicholz, was the first woman ever to graduate from the medical school in Bonn, Germany, in about the year 1852. However, at the time, a degree was refused her, and she came to the United States to practice medicine. She engaged in treating injured soldiers near the battlefields during the Civil War.
After many years, she was finally awarded a degree from the medical school in Germany.
In 1928, Dr. Conrad was forced to retire because of an ailing heart.
Surviving Dr. Conrad in addition to her daughter in Olema are two other daughters, Mrs. Lou Phillippi and Mrs. Inez Hall; a son, Charles A. Conrad, and three grandchildren, Milton and William Conrad and Jo Ann Stewart. She was the wife of the late Charles Peter Conrad.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow from the Gantner, Felder, Kenny Chapel at 1965 Market street, San Francisco, followed by a Requiem Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Recitation of the Rosary will be at t he mortuary at 8 p.m. today.
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