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Post, Wilfred M(cIlvaine)

Post, Wilfred M(cIlvaine)

Post, Wilfred M(cIlvaine)

Post, Wilfred M(cIlvaine) (b. October 25, 1876, Beirut, Lebanon – d. January 1, 1966, Williston Park, New York, USA), second chief physician of the American Hospital (1924-26).

Post completed his undergraduate studies in the USA at Princeton University in 1897 and continued at Columbia University Medical School. After his graduation, he was appointed to the American Hospital in Talas, Kayseri, by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions and remained there until returning to the USA for a year’s leave in 1911. When he came back to Turkey in 1912, he was appointed to the American Hospital in Konya. At the end of 1914, Dr. Post once more returned to the USA. He was sent to Iran as the head of the American Near East Relief Committee at the end of World War I. In the 1921-22 academic year, he worked at Robert College in Istanbul, before taking over from Dr. Alden R. Hoover as the chief physician at the American Hospital from 1924 to 1926. During the same period, he also served as dean of the medical school at the Arnavutköy American College for Girls (see Robert College).

Admiral Mark L(ambert) Bristol described him as, “a good man and a committed leader, but he has missionary tendencies. I see our hospital as a public service organization, and it shouldn’t carry any religious connotations.”

On his wife's death in 1925, Dr. Post returned to the USA, where for many years he worked as a surgeon at New York’s Nassau Hospital and was also a medical consultant at the Near East Foundation.

Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.