THOMAS HAYES CURTIN, M. D. - To his special research and successful practice in ophthalmology, not alone in
The Bronx but also throughout the large field that his well founded repute for skill has developed, Dr. Thomas
Hayes Curtin has added the gifts of the teacher and instructor in schools and colleges, and those of the prolific
writer and learned public speaker upon a subject that he has mastered as an expert. Dr. Curtin is as well known
as a general practitioner, and as one who made a distinct sacrifice of temporal matters, in order to become actively
engaged in service abroad in the World War; yet special honors and recognition have been accorded him from many
eminent sources for his outstanding attainments in his study of the disease of the eye.
Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin, a son of David and Elizabeth (Hayes) Curtin, was born May 19, 1875, in Ireland, and coming
to the United States when he was five years old, he was a graduate of Public School No. 49, East Thirty seventh
Street, and of the College of the City of New York. During vacations he was employed by John D. Crimmins in an
executive capacity in connection with the building of the cable roads in New York City. Preparing for his profession
at Bellevue Hospital Medical College, he was graduated there in 1897, with his medical degree, and for two years
he was an interne and house surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York City.
Beginning with his appointment in 1900, from the civil service list, as coroner's physician for Bronx County, Dr.
Curtin served during the following eighteen years under the administration of different parties, and he received
commendations from the executive heads of each, and in particular for his direction of the medical activities
during the occasions of the Slocum disaster and the Brewster wreck.
Professionally, Dr. Curtin was well known as a general practitioner, prior to his specializing in eye work, and
he has been honored with such important posts as: Professor of gross pathology in Fordhain Medical College; adjunct
professor of ophthalmology in the New York Polyclinic Medical School; junior surgeon in the Manhattan Eye and Ear
Hospital; surgeon and secretary of the board of directors of the Bronx Eye and Ear Hospital; consulting ophthalmologist
for Columbus Hospital, Washington Heights. Dr. Curtin is a member of the Democratic organization of New York City,
and continuously a member of the Democratic Committee of Bronx County.
In 1918, Dr. Curtin applied for leave of absence from the city service, without pay, to accept a commission overseas
with the American Expeditionary Forces, and being refused leave of absence, he resigned to answer the call of his
country, the public press lauding him for his courage and sacrifice. Dr. Curtin served with distinction on the
European battlefields, and he received the rank of major. He has always been a very active citizen in civic matters,
his aid being rendered upon all occasions in behalf of the progress and growth of Bronx County.
An extensive lecturer and writer, Dr. Curtin has discoursed particularly on diseases of the eye before the National
Society for the Prevention of Blindness, the Red Cross, Columbia University, and various settlement houses of New
Fraternally, Dr. Curtin is affiliated with the following named societies: Fellow of the Academy of Medicine; member
of the American Medical Association; Bronx County Medical Society; Bronx Medical Association; Celtic Medical Society;
New York Ophthalmological Society; Bronx Board of Trade; New York Athletic Club; Bronx Lodge, No. 871, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks; Schnorer Club; City Island Improvement Association; American Legion; and vice president
of the Boy Scouts. He was appointed by Mayor Walker on the Plans and Survey Committee for the building of a greater
New York City.
Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin married, January 3, 1920, Grace A. Lawson. He is the father of one son, Thomas Hayes Curtin,
Jr., born by a previous marriage. The family resides at City Island; and Dr. Curtin's office is at No. 391 East
One Hundred and Forty ninth Street, The Bronx.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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