Wearn, Joseph T.
- David Y. Cooper
Wearn, Joseph T. (15 February 1893–26 September 1984), physician, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Joseph Henry Wearn, a manufacturer of interior woodwork, and Ann Treloar. Wearn received his secondary education in the Charlotte public schools and then entered Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. He did well in his studies, achieving membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated at the age of twenty in 1913. His experience at Davidson, however, was not entirely pleasant, for the school’s Presbyterian dogmatism offended him and inspired in him a passion for free speech and dialogue. Wearn entered the Harvard Medical School in 1913 and received his M.D. in 1917. At Harvard he was impressed by the free exchange between students and professors; he also admired professors such as ...