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.

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Business & Professional Notices from 1913

LITTLE INTEREST IN U.S. PAPERS: August Donath, superintendent of documents in the government printing office, last night, before the District of Columbia Library Association, deplored the little interest taken in United States papers by some educational institutions, and spoke of the need of new methods of distribution. Robert A. Church, of the Navy Department, spoke on “Ship Libraries of the United States Navy.” Alton P. Tisdel, Dr. Henry J. Harris, George F. Bowerman, and Willard O. Waters also spoke. (Washington Post, January 16, 1913)

C.A. McGrew came down from Wagner Butte, where he has a quartz came, recently, and he is showing some samples of ore that look pretty good. There shows up quite a sprinkling of tulurian and other metals, while the assay of some pieces shows as high as $300 a ton. (Ashland Tidings, February 20, 1913)

Clarion — The biggest real estate deal ever made in the history of Wright county was made last week when W.C. Tyrrell and his son exchanged farms. The son owned a large farm near Latimer and the father, well known throughout the county and state, owned a farm of nearly 2,000 acres two miles south of Belmont [sic]. They traded farms, the value of the latter farm near Belmond being placed at $80,000. (Correctionville News, February 6, 1913)

Bessie Rorick Bennett & Willard Otis Waters

The marriage of Miss Bessie Rorick Bennett, daughter of Dr. Rorick Bennett, and Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C., which took place at the bride’s home Tuesday evening, was celebrated in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. An improvised altar was arranged in the north end of the parlor under a canopy of southern smilax and northern pine and throughout the house there was an artistic blending of Christmas colors—rich green and bright red.

As the Lohengrin bridal chorus was played, the bride with her mother and attendants entered the parlors. Miss Dorothy Spears [sic] and Mr. Kenneth Spears [sic] carried the satin guest ribbons, the little Misses Sarah Lambert, Alice Louise Porter, Eva Hamilton and Evelyn Keys acted as flower girls. Miss Margaret Louise Milen [sic] of Chicago assisted as ring bearer. Mr. William Hamilton attended the groom as best man and the ushers were Mr. John Willis and Mr. E. Birtsch.

The bride looked very attractive in an exquisite gown of embroidered Lusl-cloth over white satin trimmed with pearls and rare family lace. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. The mother of the bride wore a gown of pearl grey satin veiled with chiffon and trimmed with violet velvet and [unclear] steel heads. The young girls of the bridal party wore white mull gowns with sashes of pink and carried bouquets of pink rosebuds. Mr. and Mrs. Waters left for a short trip and will then proceed to Washington, their future home.

Source: Detroit Free Press, December 31, 1911.

Willard Otis Waters

WATERS – Dr. Willard O. Waters, of 551 South Hill, passed away Dec. 19, 1962. Services and interment Morenci, Michigan. Friends may call at Turner & Stevens, Co., 95 N. Marengo Ave., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Source:  Pasadena Independent, December 21, 1962.

Bessie Bennett & Willard Waters

Dr. Rorick Bennett, 38 Winder street, Detroit, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Bessie Rorick, to Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C.  The marriage is to take place immediately after Christmas.  The announcement is received with considerable interest in Lenawee county where Miss Bennett has resided and where she has many friends.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 12, 1911)

Dr. Rorick Bennett, 38 Winder street, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Bessie Rorick Bennett, to Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C. The marriage is to take place immediately after Christmas. (Detroit Free Press, December 10, 1911)

Georgia Rorick Clarke

Mrs. George Roorick [sic] Clarke, widow of Willis S. Clarke, passed away Dec. 11, 1956 at her home, 500 So. El Molino Ave.  A native of Morenci, Michigan, she had been a resident of Pasadena for 36 years and was a member of the Neighborhood Church.  She is survived by her brother-in-law, Dr. Willard O. Waters of the Huntington Library, and her cousin, Sam Horton of Pasadena.  Services 10 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Turner & Stevens Co., 95 N. Marengo Ave., Rev. Curtis Beach officiating.

Source:  Pasadena Star-News, December 12, 1956.