Dennis, Frederic Shepard
- Thomas P. Gariepy
Dennis, Frederic Shepard (17 April 1850–08 March 1934), physician and surgeon, was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Alfred Lewis Dennis, president of the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company, and Eliza Shepard. After attending the Winchester Institute in Winchester, Connecticut, and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, Dennis took his A.B. degree from Yale College in 1872. He next attended the Bellevue Hospital Medical College, from which he received his M.D. in 1874. In contrast to his lackluster academic record at Yale, Dennis was valedictorian at Bellevue. During 1876 and 1877 he completed work for a second medical degree, this time granted by the Royal College of Surgeons in London. Before returning to New York City he toured several European clinics and laboratories, including visits to Joseph Lister, who taught him the theory and techniques of antiseptic surgery, and to Louis Pasteur, who introduced him to the nascent germ theory of disease. Dennis married Fannie Rockwell on 5 February 1880; they had no children....