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1940s

Jean Lawson, RN

As the United States enters WWII, the medical community in Needham feels its impact. Dorathea Willgoose, MD, is drafted for service, a Glover Aid member learns her son has been wounded, and nurse Jean Lawson (appointed Director of Nursing at the Glover in 1963) is in Vienna in the late 1930s when Hitler marches through Austria. She helps a Jewish friend escape the country by secretly transporting and disposing of his collection of anti-Nazi literature. Many other physicians affiliated with the hospital serve in the Armed Forces during World War II.

"During World War II we were seriously short of medical coverage in Needham. A few physicians were declared 'essential at home' for general practice and those few endeavored to cover all the patients of the physicians away in military service. I was one of those declared 'essential at home' until later in the War when I was drafted. However, in the weeks just preceding my day to report, the War ended. Many persons do not realize that women physicians were drafted during the latter period of World War II for both Army and Navy service."
- Dorathea Willgoose, MD, "How Times Have Changed Part II," Monitor, Spring 1982

2009: Beulah Green, the first patient in the new BID-Needham inpatient unit

"In the last days of December 1944, I had to go to the home of Miss Ada Fuller where the Aid was meeting to inform my mother that my brother had been wounded in Germany. The ladies gave their time and kept the wheels turning at a heart rending time in their lives. They had sons in the War. Most of them not only gave time to the Glover Hospital but rolled bandages and participated as Red Cross volunteers in other capacities."
- Beulah Green, Needham resident


Knowles Lawrence, MD Many physicians affiliated with the hospital serve in the Armed Forces during World War II.

Knowles Lawrence, MD, returns from service in the U.S. Army 6th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy to join the hospital medical staff as a surgeon. He later authors a history of the Glover Memorial Hospital.




1948

William Mitchell, MD, and longtime supporter James McCracken at the ceremony

William Mitchell, MD, plays a significant role in the continuing development of Glover Memorial Hospital as he lays the cornerstone for the new 65-bed hospital in 1948. The hospital costs $964,305 to build, and one-third of the cost is paid for with a federal grant under the Hill-Burton Act.

Orthopaedic surgeon and Needham resident Kenneth Christopher, MD, whose Glover career began in 1929, is actively involved in plans for the expansion. Needham physicians, having met informally as the Needham Medical Club since 1938, establish a medical staff organization.





Program for Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for new Glover Memorial Hospital, July 21, 1948

Program for Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for new Glover Memorial Hospital, July 21, 1948


A sketch of the proposed hospital, 1947

Sketch of proposed hospital, 1947




The plot plan for hospital rebuilding and expansion, 1947

Plot plan for hospital rebuilding and expansion, 1947



Kenneth Christophe, MD, is named Chief of Orthopaedics in 1949 and is in instrumental in plans for hospital modernization until his retirement in 1973

Kenneth Christophe, MD, is named Chief of Orthopaedics in 1949 and is in instrumental in plans for hospital modernization until his retirement in 1973





The new operating room, 1949


Photo of the new operating room, 1949






Newspaper article about the hospital's opening days, "Hospital Wing Christened By A New Arrival," July 14, 1949

Newspaper article about the hospital's opening days, ""Hospital Wing Christened By A New Arrival", July 14, 1949






Newspaper article detailing hospital needs, "Needham Equipment For New Glover Hospital May Be Donated At Cost," Needham Chronicle, 1949

Newspaper article detailing hospital needs, "Needham Equipment For New Glover Hospital May Be Donated At Cost", Needham Chronicle, 1949




Newspaper article with photos, "New Addition to Glover Hospital to Receive Patients Friday," July 7, 1949

Newspaper article with photos of, "New Addition to Glover Hospital to Receive Patients Friday", July 7, 1949




Photo of Glover Memorial Hospital, 1949

Photo of Glover Memorial Hospital, 1949

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-453-3000