Charlton DeSaussure, Sr. (1920 - d.)

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Occupation: Doctor
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About Charlton DeSaussure, Sr.

(From the Charleston Post and Courier)

Dr. Charlton deSaussure, who practiced medicine for four decades in Charleston and remained active in the community after his retirement, died Thursday at Roper Hospital. He was 87.

DeSaussure was born Dec. 9, 1920, a son of Edward Harleston deSaussure and Eleanor Charlton deSaussure of Charleston. He practiced medicine here from 1950 to 1990.

During those years, he combined a private practice in internal medicine with a teaching career at the Medical University of South Carolina as a lecturer in hematology, from 1950 to 1965. After his retirement, the Medical University named deSaussure Professor Emeritus of Medicine.

Friends remembered him as dedicated, and as a tough but fair educator. "He was a picture of Charleston," said longtime friend Conyers O'Bryan, who said deSaussure's manner as a doctor was a model for others.

He was a past president of the Medical Society of South Carolina, a 1942 graduate of Prince-ton University and a 1946 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Afterward, he trained at Washington University (Barnes Hospital) in St. Louis.

In 2008, MUSC established a medal in his honor, the Omnes Recte Iuvare Society Award, to be given to the graduate who best exemplifies the "compassion, caring, humanity and excellence which for centuries has defined the art of medicine."

He belonged to the honorary medical societies of Alpha Omega and Sigma XI.

DeSaussure was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the St. Cecilia Society and the Carolina Yacht Club.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Randolph Huger deSaussure; a son, Charlton deSaussure, Jr.; daughters, Mary deSaussure Cutler and Catherine deSaussure Mark; and nine grandchildren.

(From the obituary section of same newspaper)

deSAUSSURE, C. Death came, as it must to all men, to Charlton deSaussure, M.D. on November 6, 2008. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, as well as physician, teacher, mentor, genealogist, poker player and friend. He was born December 9, 1920 to Edward Harleston and Eleanor Charlton deSaussure. He graduated from Princeton University in 1942 and The Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1945. Afterwards, he trained at Washington University School of Medicine (Barnes Hospital) in St. Louis. He served in the United States Army at Walter Reed Hospital and returned to Charleston to begin private practice in 1950. He was a Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and past President of the Medical Society of South Carolina. Dr. deSaussure belonged to the Honorary Societies of Alpha Omega & Sigma XI. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Saint Cecilia Society and the Carolina Yacht Club. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Randolph Huger deSaussure; a son, Charlton deSaussure, Jr. and his wife Ann; a daughter, Mary deSaussure Cutler and her husband Richard, all of Charleston; and a daughter, Catherine deSaussure Mark and her husband Chip of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Mary Cutler Baarcke and her husband Charles, Richard M. Cutler, III, Joseph John Caylor Mark, III, Charlton deSaussure, III, Caroline Bayard Cutler, Frances Huger deSaussure, Catherine Peronneau Mark, Ann Ehrhardt deSaussure and Eleanor Fleming Mark. He was predeceased by a brother, Major General Edward Harleston deSaussure, Jr. Services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday, November 9, 2008 at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, followed by burial in the Churchyard. Friends may call at 34 Meeting Street.

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Charlton DeSaussure, Sr.'s Timeline

December 9, 1920
- 1965
Age 29
South Carolina, United States
Age 31
- 1942
New Jersey, United States
- 1945
United States
- present
Washington D.C., United States