Thomas Norval Hepburn (1879 - 1962) MP

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Birthplace: Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
Death: Died in Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
Occupation: Urologist
Managed by: Gary Howell
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About Thomas Norval Hepburn

Thomas Norval Hepburn was born in Virginia, attended medical school at John Hopkins University in Maryland, and moved to Hartford, Connecticut after accepting at internship at Hartford Hospital. Upon completing the internship, Dr. Hepburn accepted a permanent position at the hospital. Over the next several years, Dr. Hepburn established a Urology Department at Hartford Hospital, headed up the department, and became the state’s first urologist. He was committed to educating his patients and the community about venereal diseases and advocated for women to have access to birth control. He co-founded the Connecticut Social Hygiene Association, which was dedicated to improving health and eliminating sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

Dr. Hepburn met his wife Katherine “Kit” Houghton Hepburn in Maryland. They had six children, the second oldest and most notable being Katharine Hepburn. Their son Richard was a well-known playwright and son Robert followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a urologist and practicing at Hartford Hospital.

Only months after Kit’s death in 1951, Dr. Hepburn married Madeline Santa Croce. Dr. Hepburn had met Madeline years earlier while she was caring for her dying father at Hartford Hospital. He had commented that she would make an excellent nurse to which she replied that she only had an eighth grade education. In response, Dr. Hepburn paid for her to complete her schooling, and she became one of Dr. Hepburn’s surgical nurses.

Among his accomplishments, Dr. Hepburn helped to establish Kingswood School in Avon, Connecticut, which was one of the nation’s first independent day schools. He died on November 20, 1962 and is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford.

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Dr. Thomas Hepburn's Timeline

December 18, 1879
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
November, 1904
Age 24
November 8, 1905
Age 25
May 12, 1907
Age 27
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 31
Hartford, CT, USA
Age 33
April 24, 1918
Age 38
Hartford, CT, USA
May 17, 1920
Age 40
December, 1962
Age 82
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA
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Hartford Hospital