Rice Institute athletic team doctor Hugh Welsh
Black and white image of Hugh Welsh, with “Honorary R Award” printed above his photograph and a paragraph below, detailing both his contributions to Rice University’s athletic history as well as his accomplishments following his graduation. Caption reads: Rice University’s first school and athletic team doctor, HUGH WELSH returned to his home to fulfill his life’s work. Dr. Welsh completed his undergraduate work at Rice in the early 1920’s and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston before fulfilling his intern requirements in general practice at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, N.Y. The young physician returned home in 1927 to begin his life-long career of service to his University. Shortly after he opened his private practice in general medicine in Houston in 1927, Dr. Welsh joined the staff at Rice as its first school physician and athletic team doctor, serving in those capacities until 1963. He also joined the ranks of the academics at Rice in 1929, initiating years of lecturer, and finally associate professor in the physical education department, lecturing in human anatomy as part of the biology requirements in the physical education curriculum. Generations of Owl athletes will fondly remember Dr. Welsh’s anatomy classes. With all of his service at Rice as well as a booming private practice in Houston, he gave much time and professional leadership to his chosen field. Dr. Welsh served for many years as president of the Harris County Medical Society as well as terms as president of the Texas Medical Association. Both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hermann Hospital in Houston named him chief of staff at various periods, and in 1929 his old Rice friends, George and Herman Brown asked him to join them as the medical director of their new construction company, Brown and Root. At Rice, Dr. Welsh was to enter into a new area of the health field – sports medicine – along with Rice’s long-time athletic trainer Eddie Wojecki and young orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ed T. Smith. Together, the Rice sports medicine department was founded and fostered into one of the nation’s pioneers in this now major field of study.
Rice University Honorary R Award (poor quality image)
Citable link to this pagehttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/64585
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