George Dock was born in Hopewell, Pennsylvania, April 1, 1860. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1881, where he later entered the school of medicine and received his M.D. in 1884. He spent his internship at St. Mary's Hospital in Philadelphia. He spent roughly two years, 1885 to 1887, in Germany studying with some of the outstanding professors of the day. When he returned to Philadelphia, he was hired by Drs. John Herr Musser and William Osler to conduct autopsies in their clinical laboratory at the University of Philadelphia. Through his work on hookworm disease as pathologist for the Branch Medical School of the University of Texas, Dock was offered an appointment as professor of medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He accepted the appointment and in 1891 he began his 30 year career as a medical professor. From 1908 to 1910 he taught at Tulane School of Medicine and then he took a position at the Washington University, in St. Louis. He taught there for twelve years until his retirement from teaching in 1922. George Dock and his first wife moved to Pasadena, California where he had several acquaintances and friends among the local medical doctors. Dock did not leave medicine behind him when he retired. He continued to conduct research, write articles and see patients. He worked at the Barlow Sanatorium, served on the California State Medical Board and the National Board of Medical Examiners, conducted lectures at various medical schools, joined the board of directors of Dr. Paul Popenoe's American Institute of Family Relations, was a member of the board of Polytechnic Elementary School in Pasadena, and was greatly involved with the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the creation of its library. George Dock married Laura McLemore in 1892 and they had two sons, George and William. George Dock Jr. served in World War I, and later became an advertising executive and ornithologist. He published The Audubon folio in 1964. William, the youngest, followed his father and was a doctor and professor of medicine. Laura Dock died in 1924 and a year later George married Miriam Gould. In 1947, Dock's health began to fail. He died in 1951 at the age of 91.
From the description of Papers of George Dock, 1866-2003 (bulk 1907-1951) (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 497229148
Professor in University of Michigan Medical School.
From the description of George Dock notebooks, 1899-1908. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34421096