Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies

Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies

Dr. Rorick Bennett First of Sex to Graduate At Michigan Medical School

Dr. Rorick Bennett, one of America’s first woman surgeons, who started practicing with her husband nearly half a century ago, died early yesterday in San Marino. She was 88 years of age.

Medical Pioneer

Death came to the aged medical pioneer at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Willard O. Waters, wife of a member of the Huntington Library staff.

Until she was 75 years of age, Dr. Bennett still practiced. She retired in 1920 and had lived with another daughter, Mrs. George Clarke, and her sister, Mrs. Melissa Porter, at 1931 Marengo avenue, South Pasadena.

First to Enroll

Dr. Bennett was a member of the first class admitting women at the University of Michigan school. Dr. Bennett and her husband, Dr. Charles T. Bennett, began their practice together in Morenci, Michigan.

In 1890, they moved to Detroit, where both became well known. The woman physician was connected with the Woman’s and Grace Hospitals and for a long period was president of the Detroit Y.W.C.A.

Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Holland F. Burr at Turner, Stevens and Berry mortuary, South Pasadena, tomorrow at 3 o’clock.

Source: The Pasadena Post, May 10, 1931.

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