DR. ‘DA’ HENDERSON DIES
By JOHN S. DAVIS, M.D. • excerpt from The Freeman’s Journal
COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Donald (DA) Henderson, whom the New York Times heralded as a “leader of one of mankind’s greatest public health triumphs, the eradication of smallpox,” when he died Friday, Aug. 19, spent much time in Cooperstown from 1955 until just a few years ago.
After obtaining his M.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, he and his wife, Nana, came to Cooperstown for his internship in medicine at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. They returned in 1958 when the US Public Health Service assigned him to Bassett as assistant resident in medicine and research fellow.
In 1988, he was a founding member of the Medical Alumni Association of the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital and attended many of its annual meetings in Cooperstown through the years, remaining on the Association’s Board of Directors through to his death…