Biography of Dr. Stuart J. Fairbank
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Dr. Stuart J. Fairbank, who in the practice of his profession has made a specialty of the diseases of children, in which connection he has displayed marked skill and ability, is also accorded a large general practice and today occupies a foremost position in medical circles of Oneida county. He was born in Deansboro, New York, on the 10th of December, 1875, a son of R. Lee and Emma (Young) Fairbank. The father was a native of Deansboro, New York, and came to Utica about 1894, since which time he has been associated with Charles C. Kellogg & Company, lumber dealers and manufacturers, as an estimator and draftsman. He traces his ancestry back to John and Mary Fairbank, who settled at Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1634, having come to this country from England. Their numerous descendants now hold annual reunions at Dedham, where the original dwelling of the American progenitors of the family is still preserved. The mother of our subject was a daughter of George A. Young, a direct descendant of John Whitney, who came from New England as one of the first settlers of Oneida county. Her mother, who bore the maiden name of Irene Miller, was a daughter of Alonzo Miller, whose family also came from New England. Mrs. Fairbank died in 1887, leaving only one son, Stuart J., of this review.

Dr. Stuart J. Fairbank acquired his early training in the public schools and later attended Utica Academy, while his professional training was received as a student in the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, graduating from that institution in 1898 with the M. D. degree. He had made a special study of the diseases of children and subsequently had the benefit of post graduate work at the Maternity Hospital at Philadelphia. Returning to Deansboro, he opened an office at that place and there remained for about a year, after which he came to Utica and has here since practiced his profession. Since locating in this city he has been accorded a large general practice of distinctively representative character, and in the line of his specialty has become widely known throughout Oneida county. Aside from his private practice he has received considerable experience in hospital work, serving on the staff of the Utica General, Homeopathic and Faxton Hospitals.

Dr. Fairbank was married, in 1899, to Miss Edna R. Davis, of Deansboro, and to them have been born two children, namely: Donald S., born June 29, 1904; and Emma A., whose birth occurred, on the 16th of April, 1911. The family hold membership in the Congregational church and Mrs. Fairbank, who is a member of the Homeopathic Guild of Utica, is well known and highly esteemed in the social circles of this city. Dr. Fairbank is prominent in the republican circles of this district and has held the office of city physician and school inspector, serving in the latter position for two years. He is a member of the alumni association of the Hahnemann and Homeopathic Medical Colleges and is widely known in medical fraternities of the state, belonging to the Oneida County Medical Society, the Utica Homeopathic Medical Society and the New York State Medical Society, in all of which he is an active and interested worker. He also is a member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of Central New York and the position which he occupies in the medical profession in this district is indicated by the fact that he was called to the presidency of that organization, serving therein for 1909 and 1910. Fraternally he belongs to the Independent Order of Foresters and at one time served as physician of the local branch at Utica.

Dr. Fairbank finds recreation from the arduous labors of his profession in the breeding of bantam chickens and cocker spaniel dogs, and is well known as an exhibitor of both. He holds membership in the National Bantam Association and has served as a judge at various shows, while he has also been awarded a number of silver cups for his own exhibitions. He never permits the pursuit of these hobbies, however, to interfere with his practice, but on the other hand is constant in his devotion to his profession, gives to his patient the benefit of thorough training supplemented by wide experience, continuous study and close investigation, and ever adheres to the highest standard of professional ethics His professional worth is indicated by the large practice accorded him and the high position which he occupies in medical circles throughout Oneida county.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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