Biography of Dr. Leroy U. Gardner
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Leroy Upson Gardner, M. D. - As director of Saranac Lake Laboratory, Trudeau Sanatorium, Dr. Leroy Upson Gardner holds an outstanding position in professional circles, and one of broadest significance to the welfare and progress of the people. He was born at New Britain, Conn., Dec. 9, 1888, the son of Irving I. and Inez B. (Upson) Gardner.

Irving I. Gardner was born at Charlotte, Maine, Aug. 3, 1860. He has been interested in a real estate and insurance business at Meridian, Conn., for a number of years. Mr. Gardner was married in 1886 to Miss Inez B. Upson, the daughter of William and Sarah Upson, of New Britain, Conn. To Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy. The others are: 1. Leroy Upson, the subject of this sketch. 2. Maxwell S., born in 1890, connected with the general offices of the Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford, Conn. 3. Alice, married John Crawford, who is editor of an engineering journal, at Boston, Mass. 4. Walter R., born in 1896, farmer, lives near Highland, Conn. 5. Lawrence T., advertising specialist, lives at Cincinnati, Ohio. 6. Elizabeth, married Shelton Sturgis, automobile dealer, lives at New Haven, Conn.

After his graduation from New Meriden High School in 1907, Leroy Upson Gardner entered Yale University from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1912. He completed the medical course at Yale University in 1914, after which he spent three years in graduate study in Pathology at Harvard University. He also was an instructor in Pathology at the Harvard Medical School at that time. Dr. Gardner returned to Yale University for three months as assistant professor of Pathology, and during the summer of 1917 offered his services to the medical corps during the World War. He was commissioned first lieutenant and sent to Camp Devens, Mass., but was soon after confined to the hospital on account of pulmonary trouble. After his discharge in November, 1917, Dr. Gardner came to Saranac Lake as a patient in Trudeau Sanitorium, where he remained for one year. After his recovery he was appointed a Fellow in Pathology in the Trudeau Foundation and in the fall of 1918 became identified with laboratory work. He was appointed director of the laboratory in 1927. His entire professional career has been confined to research work in tuberculosis and related diseases.

On June 22, 1916, Dr. Gardner was united in marriage with Miss Carabelle McKenzie, the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Collins) McKenzie, of Meriden, Conn. They have two daughters, Margaret, born in 1917, and Dorothy, born in 1919.

Dr. Gardner is a Republican, and at the present time is serving as village trustee. He and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church, and he belongs to Beta Theta Pi, and Nu Sigma Nu fraternities, and the American Legion.

The Gardner family home is located at 36 Old Military Road.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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