Biography of Dr. William A. Goodall
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WILLIAM AINSLIE GOODALL, M. D. - Now living quietly at the Concourse Plaza Hotel and devoting himself to the unceasing demands of a large consulting practice and the duties which his connection with many of the large New York hospitals lays upon him, Dr. William Ainslie Goodall's life is a story of long years of closest application to study and research in many foreign lands and of thrilling episodes in many wars in which he was actively engaged in Egypt, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He has traveled all over the world in quest of more and more knowledge on the subjects which are of absorbing interest to him, studying in the great universities and hospitals of many lands, and doing much original research.

His life began in our own southland just as the terrible Civil War began its devastation. He was born on January 9, 1861, in Louisville, Kentucky, son of Gavin and Jeanette (Ainslie) Goodall. His father was a native of that city, and a well known foundryman, who built most of the boats and bridges of his day used on the Ohio and southern rivers. His mother was born on the old family estate, known as "The Moat," in Edinburgh, Scotland. While he was still a child his parents moved to Galt, Canada, and there he was placed in Dr. Tassie's College, from which he was graduated in 1878. This was the first step in an education which is not yet completed, for Dr. Goodall belongs to that class of men who are ever on the search for knowledge, a search which lasts as long as life itself. From his preparatory school, he entered the Medical School of Toronto University, and graduated with the class of 1883. Then a year of post graduate work followed at Victoria University, with the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and M. C. H. Feeling that he had but crossed the threshold of the palace where Truth is enthroned, he began his restless search for entrance to her sanctum. He then went to Edinburgh, Scotland, and from this University he received the degree of L. R. C. P., in 1884. He then entered the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin where he studied for a year, adding to his honors the degree of L. R. C. P. I. These special courses of study he supplemented by visiting all the medical centers of Europe, Heidelberg, Berlin, Vienna, and Paris, concentrating his attention upon pathology. When the British-Egyptian War was on, he joined the British forces and served as medical surgeon with the commission of lieutenant. Later he joined the British forces in Afghanistan where he served with a like commission as a surgeon in the army. Again he did service with the British soldiers, this time in South Africa, where he took part in the battles against Somkelli and Dinizulu when they were sent to quell the Zulu uprising there.

And so driven on by his unquenchable thirst for knowledge, Dr. Goodall faced perils and traveled all over the world for many years. In 1888, he decided to return to America and upon landing in his native land, he established himself in The Bronx, where he quickly assumed a leading position in the medical profession. He is now the oldest practicing physician in that borough of New York City, and in addition to caring for his very heavy private practice, he is visiting physician of the Post Graduate Hospital, the German Luthern Hospital, and the Columbus Hospital, as well as director of medicine of The Bronx General Hospital. He is also a member of many professional and scientific societies and organizations, including the British Medical Society; the Medical Society of British India; the Medical Council of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland; the Medical Council of Cape Colony, Natal and Capetown, South Africa; the Medical Council of Ontario and Quebec, Canada; The Bronx County Medical Society; the New York State Medical Society; the Bronx Medical Association; the Clinical Society of the Post Graduate Hospital; the Royal Geographical Society; the American Geographical Society; and the Canadian Club. Fraternally, he is identified with Guiding Star Lodge, No. 321, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Suburban Council, No. 1654, Royal Arcanum.

In 1902, Dr. William Ainslie Goodall married Elizabeth Anderson, daughter of William H. and Elizabeth (Moore) Anderson, of The Bronx. Her father was formerly superintendent of all Canadian railways and perhaps more than any other single man was responsible for their construction and development. Her mother was a grand niece of Thomas Moore, the famous Irish poet, who was her grandfather's father's brother.

From:
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


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