Biography of Fred D. Shepard
Franklin County, NY Biographies





Fred D. Shepard, born in Ellenburgh, September 11, 1855, came to Malone from Chateaugay in his youth with his parents, and after graduation from Franklin Academy studied medicine at Ann Arbor, Mich. In 1882 he went to Asia Minor as a medical missionary, and was at once given charge of the development and administration of the medical department of the Central Turkey College at Aintab. which had been established six years earlier, and to which a hospital was added in 1884. For thirty three years Dr. Shepard continued in his work with no furlough except one of a twelve month which he passed in the TJnited States in improving himself in modern surgery. He fitted many Armenians to practice medicine intelligently and with efficiency; responded to almost constant insistent calls of the sick in all of the neighboring villages, always traveling on horseback, and averaging for long periods to ride three hundred miles or more per month; inspired his fellow workers to continued effort; prescribed to hospital patients daily when not in the field; fought the plague; administered relief funds in feeding the starving, organizing industries and. rebuilding homes after merciless massaeres perpetrated upon Christians by the Turks; averaged to perform four hundred and fifty major surgical operations a year; gave himself heart and soul to impressing upon the native minds "what is meant by vital Christianity" and in founding and maintaining churches; and won for himself the profound respect, and in many cases the warm affection, of both Turks and Christians. Worn and weakened by the strain and work of almost a year's unintermittent labors in combatting an epidemic of typhus, he was himself stricken by the disease, and died at Aintab, December 18, 1915.

From:
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.


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