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George Oliver Coffin

George Oliver Coffin, one of the most successful physicians of Kansas City, was born at Danielsville, Pa., August 4, 1858.  Dr. Coffin's early education was in the common schools of his native town and at Williamsburg Academy.  He was graduated from Penn Medical College at Philadelphia in 1879.  He practiced at Frankfort, Kas., El Paso, Tex., and Silver Cliff, Colo., locating in Kansas City in the fall of 1887.

     In May, 1894, he was appointed house surgeon at the City Hospital, and in 1895 became City Physician, remaining in that office until 1901.  Dr. Coffin was elected to the chair of surgery in the Medico-Chirurgical College, and was Dean of the Faculty.  He is also Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Woman's Medical College of Kansas City.  He is on the medical staff of half a dozen railroads and hospitals, is a member of the Kansas City Academy of Medicine,  the Jackson County Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.  He is a thirty-second degree Mason, a noble of the Mystic Shrine, a K. P., and an Elk. 

In 1883 Dr. Coffin married Miss Minnie A. Deane, of Frankfort, Kas.  Their children are Deane Oliver and Bertha M. Coffin.  Edward Carl Coffin is a son by a former marriage.
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