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date: 16 May 2021

Sweet, Ossian Havenlocked

(30 October 1895–20 March 1960)
  • Edward A. Goedeken


Sweet, Ossian Haven (30 October 1895–20 March 1960), physician, was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Henry Sweet, a Methodist minister and farmer, and Dora DeVaughn. He was the second of nine children (one of whom, his older brother Oscar, died in childhood). In 1910 he journeyed to Xenia, Ohio, to attend Wilberforce Academy and complete his schooling. He graduated with a college degree in 1917. That September he enrolled in the medical school at Howard University. In 1921 he received his medical degree and moved to Detroit, Michigan, a fast-growing city with plenty of opportunities for a new to establish his fledgling medical practice. In 1922 he married Gladys Mitchell, who was from an established family in Detroit. For their honeymoon the Sweets traveled to Europe for a year of study and touring. After taking graduate courses in pediatrics and gynecology at the University of Vienna during 1923, Sweet journeyed to Paris to study radiology at the Curie Institute. The next year, while in Paris, the Sweets' daughter Marguerite was born (the year before they had lost a son through miscarriage). In the fall of 1924 they returned to Detroit and moved in with Gladys's mother....

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