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Memorial

Cyrenus Garritt Darling
The Michigan Alumnus 459

An Appreciation by

By Frederick G. Novy

After a lingering illness Dr. Darling died at his 
home on April 21, 1933. 


Of Scotch descent he was born on a farm near
 Bethel, New York, on January 6, 1856. After the usual
 preliminary education of that day he entered, in 1879, 
the Department of Medicine and Surgery, as the Med
ical School was then called. Although the medical
 course was lengthened in 1880 to three years, the priv
ilege was given to the students who had matriculated 
prior to 1880 of graduating upon the conditions which
 were in force at the time of their matriculation. Accordingly. Dr. Darling graduated with the Class of
 1881. After practicing for a short time in Homer, Michigan, he returned to Ann Arbor, which was hence-
forth to be his home. 


In 1889 when Dr. C. B. G. deNancrede became Pro
fessor of Surgery, Dr. Darling entered the service of 
the University with the title of Assistant to the Pro
fessor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery. This period
 marked the transition from the old methods to the 
modern aseptic procedures and it was indeed fortunate 
for Dr. Darling that he was able to begin his real life-
work under the supervision of a very able master. 


With the establishment of the four-year, graded cur
riculum in medicine. Dr. Darling became, in 1892, the 
Demonstrator of Surgery and in 1896 he was given the 
additional title of Lecturer on Minor Surgery. In 1899 
this was expanded to Lecturer on Genito-Urinary and
 Minor Surgery. The next advance in rank came in 1904 
when he was made Clinical Professor of Surgery as
 well as Lecturer and Demonstrator and this complex 
title he bore until 1915 when he succeeded Dr. deNancrede as Professor of Surgery and Clinical Surgery. 
 This position as head of a most important department 
he held until 1919, when he resigned after 30 years of
 service in the Medical School.

The foregoing merely indicates the positions which 
he held in the Medical School. He served the Univer
sity, however, in a dual capacity, carrying additional
 duties in the Dental College. His connection with the
 latter began in 1891 when he was named Clinical Lec
turer on Oral Pathology and Surgery, a title which he 
held until 1905. From "1903-1907 he was Acting Dean 
of the Dental College. From 1905 to 1915 he served
 as Clinical Professor of Oral Surgery and from 1915 
his title was that of Professor of Oral Surgery, which
 rank he held until 1926 when he resigned, thus termin
ating an active connection of 37 years with the University.


In recognition of this long service the Board of Re
gents bestowed upon him the title of Professor Emeritus. Among the other honors, which came to him was 
his election as Mayor of Ann Arbor in 1894. An even
 more significant event in his long life was his election 
to the presidency of the Michigan State Medical So
ciety in 1926. And lastly, in 1931 his friends and col
leagues joined in a tribute of appreciation of the man
 himself by presenting the University with his likeness
— an admirable bronze bust that was placed in Me
morial Hall. 


Unostentatious, deliberate in speech and action. Dr. 
Darling, by sheer force of native ability, rose from the 
ranks to positions of confidence and responsibility. A 
good teacher, a sympathetic physician, an accomplished
 surgeon, he endeared himself to the many who knew 
him best. To the University he gave faithful, untiring 
and loyal service. His colleagues, his students in the
 two professional schools, as well as the profession at
 large recognized his sterling worth and his fidelity to 
his trust.