McFadden, Harry W., Jr.
Harry Webber McFadden, Jr., was born on December 9, 1919, in Greenwood, Nebraska, son of Dr. Harry W. and Alma E. (Wiedman) McFadden. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1941, and earned an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1943. He completed a rotating internship at University Hospital in Omaha from 1943-1944, as well as serving as a resident in Pathology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. In 1945, McFadden married Patricia Kerns; they had two children, Harry Edward and Mary Jean. From 1945 to 1947, he served with the Medical Corps of the United Sates Army in Berlin, Germany. He completed his residency in Pathology and Bacteriology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1947 to 1949; and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in 1951. He was certified in Clinical Microbiology in 1965.
At the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, McFadden was named a Fellow and Instructor in Pathology and Bacteriology, a position he held from 1949 to 1952, when he was named Assistant Professor of Pathology and Microbiology. From 1952 to 1955, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology. He was named Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology in 1955, and held that appointment until 1956, when he became Professor of Medical Microbiology; as well as Professor of Pathology, to which he was appointed in 1968. He became Chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology in 1956, and continued in that position until his retirement in 1985, when the department was merged with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. From 1972 to 1979, he held the position of Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, as well as serving as Acting Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 1972, and Interim Chancellor, 1976 -1977.
He was the recipient of the teaching award from the senior class at the College of Medicine in 1953. His career as a distinguished teacher in the field of medical education was recognized in 1959, when he was awarded the Outstanding Educator and Friend of the senior class at the College of Medicine. He received the basic science award in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, and 1977. He is a recipient of both the Meritorious Service Award, and the Jack G. Elliott Award from UNMC.
His professional activities include: Trustee and President of the American Board of Pathology, 1970; member of the both the Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society, and the Nebraska Medical Association, where he has been the Speaker of the House of Delegates; member of the American Medical Association; the Nebraska Association of Pathologists, of which he was president, 1960-1961; member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and its Council on Microbiology, 1965-1971, and Chairman of that Council, 1969-1971; member of the American Society of Microbiology; the Omaha Midwest Clinical Society, where he was Director of Clinics, 1962-1964; member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Federation for Clinical Research; the New York Academy of Sciences; the Electron Microscopy Society of America; and Fellow of the College of American Pathologists.
He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate, and Alpha Omega Alpha while in medical school, as well as Sigma Xi and Phi Chi. He is the author, with others, of the Bacteriology of Commercial Poultry Processing, 1954; and A Laboratory Manual for Medical Mycology and Clinical Parasitology, 1954; and contributor to numerous articles in professional publications and journals.
Dr. McFadden died on December 12, 2011, in Omaha, and is buried in Calvary Cemetery.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Oral history interview: digital file of interview video and a transcript. The interview discusses medical education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the mid-twentieth century.
Oral history interview: born-digital file of the recording and a transcript. The interview discusses medical education and the administration of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.
Oral history interview: audio cassette, digital file of the recording, and a transcript. The interview discusses student life and medical education, specifically pathology and bacteriology, at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.