Biography of Dr. Thomas H. Farrell
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Dr. Thomas Henry Farrell, a specialist in the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear and throat, his success arising from broad scientific knowledge and wide experience, was born in Detroit, Michigan, on the 1st of September, 1868, and since 1897 has resided continuously in Utica. His parents were James W. and Marion (Macalister) Farrell. The father was a native of Belfast, Ireland, who, after coming to America, gave his attention to merchandising, attaining prominence and prosperity in business circles in Detroit. His death occurred in 1869, when his son Thomas was but an infant. The mother afterward removed to Kingston, Ontario, where Dr. Farrell acquired his early education in private and public schools. Subsequently, he was matriculated in Queen's University, where, in 1889, he won the B. A. degree; and in the following year the M. A. degree was conferred upon him. For a period of two years, he engaged in high school teaching in Ontario, and, then, turned his attention to the profession of medicine, becoming a student in Queen's University, from which he received the degrees of M. D. and C. M., in 1895. He afterward went to New York city where he pursued a special course on the eye, ear and nose at the Post Graduate Medical School. He put his theoretical training to a practical test by a year and a half's service in the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Here, Dr. Farrell obtained that wide and varied experience along his special line which particularly qualifies him for the professional duties in which he is now engaged. Coming to Utica in 1897, he has since resided in this city where he has practiced as a specialist, becoming recognized as one of the most prominent oculists, aurists and laryngologists of the state. He is now a member of the staff of the Faxton Hospital and of the General Hospital, and has served as president of the latter. He keeps in touch with the advanced thought and work of the profession through his membership in the Oneida County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society.

On the 15th of June, 1898, Dr. Farrell was married to Miss Janie Gage, a daughter of Robert and Mary Gage, of Riverside, California, and they have three children, Robert Macalister, Catherine Honora and James Irving. The family residence is at No. 161 Park avenue, and the Farrell home is justly celebrated for its warm hearted hospitality. The family attend the Westminster Presbyterian church, and Dr. Farrell is a member of the Session_ He also belongs to Fort Schuyler Club, and has appreciation for the social amenities of life; but the duties of his profession make constant demand upon his time and attention, leaving him comparatively little opportunity for social or public interests.

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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