Biography of Dr. Ira O. Denman
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Dr. Ira O. Denman, a prominent physician and surgeon of Toledo, maintaining his offices in the Ohio building, has here followed his profession continuously and successfully during the past fifteen years and has made a specialty of the treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. His birth occurred at Leanna, Kansas, on the 9th of June, 1873, his parents being Francis M. and Lydia (Harding) Denman, both natives of Indiana. The father enlisted for service in the Civil war, joining the Ninety seventh Illinois Volunteer Regiment, and was commissioned a captain. He participated in many notable engagements but was never wounded and after receiving his discharge he went to Kansas, where he took up a soldier's claim, on which he engaged in the raising of cattle, while later he developed a large nursery. Subsequently he removed to Charleston, Illinois, but afterward went to California, hoping that a milder climate might restore his health, and his demise occurred in the Golden state in 1905. The mother had passed away at Charleston, Illinois, in 1900. Of the children born to their union two are living: George A. and Ira O., of this review.

Ira O. Denman supplemented his preliminary education by a course of study in the Allen County Normal School at Iola, Kansas, while his professional training was received in the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, from which he was graduated with the M. D. degree in 1897. Since then he has pursued postgraduate work in the Chicago Post Graduate Medical College, the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical College and in the universities of Vienna and Freiberg, as well as in Morfield's Hospital of London, England, thus constantly augmenting his professional skill and ability. He first opened an office for the general practice of medicine and surgery at Charleston, Illinois, where he continued until the close of the year 1907, devoting considerable attention to diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. In January, 1908, he came to Toledo, where he has remained since and where his practice has been limited to ophthalmology, otology, rhinology and larngology, in which branch of the profession he has become widely recognized as a specialist of pronounced power and efficiency. He served as chief of staff of the Toledo Hospital for two years, or from 1913 until 1915, and is oculist for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad and the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railway. While a resident of Charleston, Illinois, he acted as chairman of the board of health from 1903 until 1907. He has membership connections with the American Institute of Homeopathy, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Ohio State Medical Society, the Northwestern Ohio Medical Society, of which he was at one time president, the Toledo Medical Society and the American Ophthalmological, Otological and Laryngological Association, of which he has been secretary and also president, serving in the latter capacity in 1918 and 1919. He is, likewise identified with the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and has been elected to the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Denman originated technique and designed a chair for tonsillectomy under nitrous oxide and oxygen gas anesthesia, the patient in the forward inclined sitting posture. He has been frequently invited to demonstrate his original method and in 1920 appeared and operated before the American College of Surgeons at Montreal, subsequently before the American Ophthalmological and Oto-Laryngological Society in New York, the combined meeting at Columbus, Ohio, in 1922, of The Interstate Society of Anesthesists and National Research Society of Anesthesia and later San. Francisco before the surgical section of the American Medical Association.

On the 14th of September, 1893, Dr. Denman was united in marriage to Miss Sabra Blair of Leanna, Kansas, and they reside at No. 2562 Parkwood avenue in Toledo, where they have gained an extensive circle of warm friends. The Doctor gives his political allegiance to the republican party. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Christian (Disciples) church. He also belongs to the Toledo Club, the Toledo Yacht Club, the Toledo Commerce Club and the Inverness Golf Club. of this city and likewise holds membership in the Unanimous Club of New York. His life has been actuated by a progressive spirit that has brought him steadily to the front in professional connections and it has ever been his purpose. to make his services of the greatest possible benefit to his fellowmen.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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