John, Henry Jerry, 1885-

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Henry Jaroslav John was born in 1885 in Olomouc in the province of Moravia (Czech Republic) and joined his parents in the U.S. at age 14. He worked in Oklahoma and in Kansas, where he went to school at the University of Kansas. In 1912, he recieved his Masters at the University of Minnesota. He received his M.D. in 1916 from Western Reserve University of Medicine. When practicing in New York, he worked with diabetes specialist F.M. Allen. On October 9, 1928, John married Betty Beaman and the couple established Ho Mita Koda, a camp for diabetic children in Ohio, now operated by the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. Henry J. John died in 1971 at the age of 86.

From the guide to the Henry John, Papers, 1885-1968

Henry Jaroslav John se narodil se v roce 1885 v Olomouci na Moravĕ a když mu bylo 14 let, připojil se ke svý m rodičům, kteří ž ili ve Spojený ch státech. Pracoval v Oklahomĕ a Kansasu, kde chodil na University of Kansas. V roce 1912 získal magisterský titul na University of Minnesota. V roce 1916 získal titul doktora medicíny z Western Reserve University of Medicine. Když pracoval jako lé kař v New Yorku, spolupracoval se specialistou na diabetes F.M. Allenem. 9.října 1928 se ož enil s Betty Beaman a společnĕ založ ili Ho Mita Koda, tábor pro dĕti s cukrovkou v Ohiu, který je v současnoti provozován Diabetickou asociací širšího Clevelandu. Henry J. John zemřel v roce 1976 ve vĕku 86 let.

From the guide to the Henry John, Spisy, 1885-1968

Cleveland physician who specialized in diabetes. He was born Jindrich Jeroslav John, In Czechoslovakia, and emigrated to the U.S. ca. 1889. He and his wife founded Camp Ho Mita Koda for diabetic children in 1929. He served in the Army Medical Corps during both world wars.

From the description of Papers, 1903-1971. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 17532492

Henry J. John (Jindrich Jeroslav) was a Czechoslovak-American doctor, translator, author, and book and art collector; born in 1885 in Olomouc, Moravia; emigrated to the United States at age 14; entered the University of Kansas, 1907; awarded master's degree from the University of Minnesota, 1912, and M.D. from Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1916; specialized in diabetes research; died 1971 in Albuquerque, NM.

From the description of Papers, 1911-1968. (University of Nebraska - Lincoln). WorldCat record id: 33090943

Henry Jerry John was a doctor in the Army Medical Corps. His wife, Betty John, was in the Red Cross during World War II (WWII).

From the description of The Henry and Betty John papers, 1931-1970. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 50140368

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Henry Jerry John was born Jindrich Jeroslav John on March 5, 1885 to Czech parents in the Moravian city of Olomouc. When he was five years old, his parents emigrated to the United States, leaving him in the care of his grandparents. At the age of fourteen, he joined his parents in Oklahoma. His name was Americanized to Henry Jerry John.

In spite of financial difficulties and the fact that he knew little English, Henry John entered the University of Kansas in 1907 to study pharmacy, but changed to pre-med as a sophomore. He graduated in 1911, and a research fellowship enabled him to enroll at the University of Minnesota, where he received his M.A. degree in 1912. While in Kansas, he met Murl Springer, a young man who persuaded John to accompany him to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend the Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 1916 John received his M.D. degree and began his internship at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland.

In 1917, Dr. Henry John, by then a naturalized United States citizen, joined the Army medical Corps. When discharged in 1919, he joined Dr. F. M. Allen in Morristown, New Jersey, who was conducting research on diabetes. While there, John met Dr. John Phillips, one of the founders of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who asked him to become a member of the medical staff at the Clinic. John accepted the offer and was soon known widely as a specialist in diabetes.

On October 9, 1928, Dr. John married Elizabeth (Betty) Louise Beamon. The following year they donated their summer cabin and land to found Camp Ho Mita Koda ("Welcome Friend" in Sioux), the first non-profit summer camp for diabetic children, which they directed for 20 years.

In addition to his medical career, which included service in both world wars and a private practice established in 1933, Dr. John was known for his literary and artistic talents. He was interested in Czech graphic art and possessed a large collection of it. An interest in Czech literature led to his translation of several works into English. In addition, he was a talented wood carver, making many fine pieces of sculpture and furniture.

Dr. John won many awards and honors for his medical, artistic, and community activities. A few of these include membership in the Western Reserve Medical Association (1927); membership in the Rowfant Club of Cleveland (1937); the Charles Eisenman Award for outstanding work in the community (1937); honorary membership in the Czech Endocrinological Society, Prague (1940); honorary membership in the American Physicians' Art Association (1942), from which he won Art Prizes in 1944 and 1948; honorary membership in the Officers' Club of Lawson General hospital in Atlanta, Georgia (1943); honorary membership in the Czech Medical Society, Prague (1944); president of the Cleveland Diabetes Association (1948); the Cuyahoga Tallyho Award, Cleveland (1950); honorary membership in the Professional Mens' Club, Cleveland (1956); and honorary membership in the Czechoslovak Medical Society. He was also a member of the Manes Art Club in Prague, the Cleveland Art Club, and the New York Art Club.

Dr. Henry J. John died on March 28, 1971.

From the guide to the Henry Jerry John Photographs, 1910-1960, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Henry Jerry John was born Jindrich Jeroslav John on March 5, 1885 to Czech parents in the Moravian city of Olomouc. When he was five years old, his parents emigrated to the United States, leaving him in the care of his grandparents. At the age of fourteen, he joined his parents in Oklahoma. His name was Americanized to Henry Jerry John.

In spite of financial difficulties and the fact that he knew little English, Henry John entered the University of Kansas in 1907 to study pharmacy, but changed to pre-med as a sophomore. He graduated in 1911, and a research fellowship enabled him to enroll at the University of Minnesota, where he received his M.A. degree in 1912. While in Kansas, he met Murl Springer, a young man who persuaded John to accompany him to Cleveland, Ohio, to attend the Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In 1916 John received his M.D. degree and began his internship at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland.

In 1917, Dr. Henry John, by then a naturalized United States citizen, joined the Army medical Corps. When discharged in 1919, he joined Dr. F. M. Allen in Morristown, New Jersey, who was conducting research on diabetes. While there, John met Dr. John Phillips, one of the founders of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who asked him to become a member of the medical staff at the Clinic. John accepted the offer and was soon known widely as a specialist in diabetes.

On October 9, 1928, Dr. John married Elizabeth (Betty) Louise Beamon. The following year they donated their summer cabin and land to found Camp Ho Mita Koda ("Welcome Friend" in Sioux), the first non-profit summer camp for diabetic children, which they directed for 20 years.

In addition to his medical career, which included service in both world wars and a private practice established in 1933, Dr. John was known for his literary and artistic talents. He was interested in Czech graphic art and possessed a large collection of it. An interest in Czech literature led to his translation of several works into English. In addition, he was a talented wood carver, making many fine pieces of sculpture and furniture.

Dr. John won many awards and honors for his medical, artistic, and community activities. A few of these include membership in the Western Reserve Medical Association (1927); membership in the Rowfant Club of Cleveland (1937); the Charles Eisenman Award for outstanding work in the community (1937); honorary membership in the Czech Endocrinological Society, Prague (1940); honorary membership in the American Physicians' Art Association (1942), from which he won Art Prizes in 1944 and 1948; honorary membership in the Officers' Club of Lawson General hospital in Atlanta, Georgia (1943); honorary membership in the Czech Medical Society, Prague (1944); president of the Cleveland Diabetes Association (1948); the Cuyahoga Tallyho Award, Cleveland (1950); honorary membership in the Professional Mens' Club, Cleveland (1956); and honorary membership in the Czechoslovak Medical Society. He was also a member of the Manes Art Club in Prague, the Cleveland Art Club, and the New York Art Club.

Dr. Henry J. John died on March 28, 1971.

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From the guide to the Henry Jerry John Papers, 1903-1971, (Western Reserve Historical Society)

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creatorOf Henry John, Spisy, 1885-1968 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
creatorOf John, Henry Jerry, 1885-. The Henry and Betty John papers, 1931-1970. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
creatorOf John, Henry Jerry, 1885-. Papers, 1911-1968. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
creatorOf Henry John, Papers, 1885-1968 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
creatorOf John, Henry Jerry, 1885-1971. Papers, 1903-1971. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
creatorOf Henry Jerry John Papers, 1903-1971 Western Reserve Historical Society
creatorOf Henry Jerry John Photographs, 1910-1960 Western Reserve Historical Society
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Physicians--Ohio--Cleveland--Photographs
Art--Collectors and collecting--Archives
Czechoslovak--Americans--Archives
Camps--Ohio--Newbury--Photographs
Diabetes
World War, 1914-1918--Photographs
Češi--Zahraničí státy--Korespondence
John, Henry Jerry, 1885-1971
Book collectors--Archives
John, Henry Jerry, 1885-1971--Photograph collections
Medicine--Research
Government life insurance
Cleveland Clinic Foundation--Fire, 1929
Diabetes--Research--History--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations--Fiction
Czechs--Foreign countries--Correspondence
Czechoslovakia--Politics and government--20th century--Sources
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
World War, 1939-1945--Medical care
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives
Europe--Description and travel--1919-1944
Art objects--Collectors and collecting--Archives
Art collectors--United States--Archives
Camp Ho Mita Koda (Newbury, Ohio)--Photograph collections
Českoslovenští Američané--Archívy
Československo--Politika a vláda--20. století--Zdroje
World War, 1939-1945--Photographs
Sbĕratelé umĕní--Spojené státy americké--Archívy
Physicians--Ohio--Cleveland--Correspondence
Physicians--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc
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Birth 1885-03-05

Death 1971

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