Dr. James Alexander Clarke Jr.
(1891-1943)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Sophia I. Lancaster

Dr. James Alexander Clarke Jr. 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 17 Nov 1891, Coatesville, Chester, PA 1 3 4 5
  • Marriage (1): Sophia I. Lancaster about 1916 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Died: 31 Jan 1943, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA at age 51 4 6 7
  • Buried: Philadelphia: Saint James the Less Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, PA 4

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Fact: On his WWI draft registration he claimed an examption due to chronic pyelitis., 5 Jun 1917, New York, New York, NY. 3

2. Occupation: Physician, Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY on 5 Jun 1917 in New York, New York, NY. 3

3. Residence: 480 Central Park West, New York, NY on 5 Jun 1917 in New York, New York, NY. 3

4. Census in 1920 in New York, New York, NY. 2 The 1920 census recorded renting at 64 E. 86th Street in Manhattan: James A. Clarke, physician, 35, living with wife Sophia, 25, both born in Pennsylvania; daughter Elizabeth, 1, born in New York, and servant Isabella Stadarth, 35, born in the West Indies.

5. Occupation: The first Allergy Clinic in Philadelphia was established by Dr. J. Alexander Clarke, Jr., in 1921 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 8 The first Allergy Clinic in Philadelphia was established by Dr. J. Alexander Clarke, Jr., (photo) in 1921. Dr. Clarke (Jefferson, 1916) interned at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, where he was attracted to the new and famous allergy clinic there under the pioneer allergist, Robert A. Cooke, M.D. Dr. Cooke was a founding member and first President of the Society for the Study of Asthma and Allied Conditions, of which Dr. Clarke was later President. The Jefferson Clinic was organized under the Jefferson Outpatient Department with Dr. Clarke as Chief Clinical Assistant and Instructor in Medicine. He was soon joined by Drs. George B. Meyer and James S. McLaughlin. The clinic thrived and ultimately developed into one of the largest in the Outpatient Department. Beginning in a small store on Eleventh Street, it was moved to the 1898 College Building at Tenth and Walnut and later to Curtis Clinic. For many years the students were rotated through the clinic. Dr. Clarke became a leader in all aspects of his specialty and published numerous articles, but his untimely death prevented publication of the book that was in preparation. Among his early trainees were numerous physicians, who organized allergy clinics in nearby hospitals. For many years the physicians who served in the Jefferson Clinic were volunteers and proved w1Usually loyal in their attendance at the regular clinic sessions. During Dr. Clarke's period of activity, he became certified in Internal Medicine with the establishment of the American Board in 1936. In 1942 the subspecialty Board of Allergy was formed and certified him as well. Dr. Clarke became ill during the height of his career and died January 31, 1943, at the age of 52. The Clinic continued under the supervision of Dr. Harry L. Rogers (University of Pennsylvania, 1917) who served as its Head from 1943 to 1958.

6. Census in 1930 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 1 The 1930 census recorded Elizabeth Lancaster, widowed, 65, mother-in-law, living in the $40,000 home owned by Dr. J. Alexander Clarke Jr., physician, 38 and his wife Sophia L., 35. Living with them were three daughters: Elizabeth, student, 12; Anne, student, 8; and Matilda, 4. Everyone and their parents were born in Pennsylvania, except Alexander's father in New Jersey, and daughters Elizabeth and Anne were born in New York.

7. Census in 1940 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 9 The 1940 census recorded at 5307 Wakefield Street: Elizabeth Lancaster, widowed, 72, mother-in-law, living in the home owned by Dr. J. Alexander Clarke Jr., physician, 48 and his wife Sophia L., 45. Living with them were three daughters: Elizabeth, student, 22; Anne, student, 18; and Matilda D, 17. Everyone was born in Pennsylvania, except daughter Elizabeth in New York.

8. Occupation: Physician, 334 N 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA on 27 Apr 1942 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 5

9. Residence: 5327 Baynton Street, Philadelphia, PA on 27 Apr 1942 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. 5


James married Sophia I. Lancaster, daughter of George Richards Lancaster and Elizabeth Leaf Beecher, about 1916 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. (Sophia I. Lancaster was born on 28 Aug 1894 in Devon, Chester, PA,10 11 12 died on 21 Mar 1957 in Elkins Park, Montgomery, PA, USA 11 12 and was buried on 22 Mar 1957 in Philadelphia: Saint James the Less Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, PA 11 12.)


Sources


1 <i>1930 United States Census</i>, Year: 1930; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2105; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0645; Image: 593.0; FHL microfilm: 2341839.

2 <i>1920 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJBP-B3D James A Clarke, Manhattan Assembly District 15, New York, New York, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 157, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821213.

3 <i>United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6JS-FTD James Alexander Clarke, 1917-1918.

4 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=139561207.

5 FamilySearch.org, <i>United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQFX-VLH James Alexander Clarke, 1942.

6 Frederick B. Wagner, Jr., MD, <i>Thomas Jefferson University - tradition and heritage</i> (Thomas Jefferson University, PHiladelphia, Pa. 1989), Part III: Clinical Departments and Divisions . Chapter 30: Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Page 498. Clinical Allergy at Jefferson.

7 Pennsylvania Department of Health, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Indices</i> (Pennsylvania Division of Vital Records, New Castle, PA, 16103. Online at http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 .), Death Certificate 357, J. Alexander Clarke.

8 Frederick B. Wagner, Jr., MD, <i>Thomas Jefferson University - tradition and heritage</i> (Thomas Jefferson University, PHiladelphia, Pa. 1989), Part III: Clinical Departments and Divisions . Chapter 30: Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Page 498. Clinical Allergy at Jefferson. http://jdc.jefferson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=wagner2.

9 <i>1940 United States Census</i>, Year: 1940; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T627_3702; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 51-523.

10 <i>1900 United States Census</i>, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3WF-176 George A Lancaster, Philadelphia city Ward 29, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 11B, family 218, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241470.

11 Ancestry.com, <i>Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1966</i> (Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1966. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.), Certificate 25635. Sophia Clarke. Father George R. Lancaster. Mother Elizabeth Beecher. Spouse James A. Clarke.

12 <i>Find A Grave</i>, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=139561258.



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