The Michigan Alumnus 335
Dr. Thomas Francis, Professor of Epidemiology in the University School of Public Health, and Chairman of that De partment, since 1941, is also Di rector of the Influenza Commis sion, Board for the Investigation and Control of Influenza and other Epidemic Diseases in the Army, Preventive Medicine Service, Sur geon General's Office, United States Army. Further, in addition to his work at the University, he is national lecturer in respiratory diseases for wartime graduate medical meetings and also is lecturer at the Army Medical School in Washington. His primary "hobby" is research, and only last summer Dr. Francis made a study, along with other men, of an epi demic of poliomyelitis in the southeastern United States. He is also serving as a consultant to the Secretary of War.
Born at Gas City, Indiana, July 15, 1900, Francis attended Allegheny Col lege, Pennsylvania, and received a B.S. degree in 1921. He received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 1941 from the same in stitution. Yale Medical School granted him an M.D. in 1925, and in 1941 he was awarded the Mas ter of Science (honorary).
After interning in medicine at New Haven Hospital, Dr. Francis be came an Instructor at Yale Medi cal School in 1927. A year later, and until 1936, he was with the Hospital of Rockefeller Institute. He was an Assistant in Medicine and Assistant Resident Physician from 1928 to 1930; Chief Resi dent Physician for the next three years; and an Associate in Medi cine from 1931 to 1936. Then until 1938, Dr. Francis was a member of the Staff of Interna tional Health Division, Rockefel ler Foundation, where he was in charge of influenza research.
He next became associated with New York University College of Medi cine as Professor of Bacteriology and Director of Bacteriological Laboratories, from 1938 to 1941. During this period, he was also Assistant Visiting Physician at Willard Parker Hospital, New York City, for a year; Associate Visiting Physician; and Visiting Physician at the same hospital. In addition, he was Visiting Physi cian at Bellevue Hospital, Third (New York University) Medical Division, during this period.
Dr. Francis has prepared innumerable articles and bulletins for publica tion, and belongs to many profes sional organizations, including As sociation of American Physicians; (Secretary); Society of American Bacteriologists; Society for Clini cal Investigation; the American Medical Association; American Public Health Association, New York Academy of Medicine; Har vey Society; and many more.