Montgomery County Illinois History

Dr. Bill Douglas – Hillsboro Illinois 

Dr. Bill Douglas – Hillsboro Illinois

He's "Dr. Bill" to hundreds of area residents, a phrase that suggests the longtime familiarity and trust a good family doctor builds among his patients. He's now delivering second generations, children of persons he helped bring into this life more than 30 years ago.

Dr. Bill is Hillsboro's fourth Dr. Douglas. The chain of family practitioners began with his grandfather, Dr. William Wallace Douglas ("Dr. Will") who was active here until his death in 1926. He was succeeded by his two sons, Dr. Edmond Turner Douglas ("Dr. Turner") and Dr. Wallace Strawn Douglas ("Dr. Wallace"), who were medical associates until Dr. Wallace moved to Idaho.

Born July 2, 1915 to Dr. Turner and Mary (Krummel) Douglas, Bill was reared in the home on St. Louis Street still occupied by his mother. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1932 and earned his bachelor's degree in 1936 from Washington University, St. Louis.

Bill attended Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, finishing around Christmas, 1939, six months ahead of his class. While at Northwestern Bill met Rosemary Hiatt of Hinsdale, then an art student at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and they were married in September, 1938.

Dr. Bill completed 1 1/2 years Internship at St. Louis City Hospital and had begun his residency at Hillsboro hospital when he joined the military service in June, 1942. For 2 1/2 years he was assigned as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force in the British Isles. He was discharged following the close of World War II and returned to Hillsboro and his father's medical office in 1946.

The father-son team maintained their family practice in the some office building on West Wood Street still occupied by Dr. Bill until Dr. Turner's death in 1959.

Dr. Bill is a member of the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society and Montgomery County Medical Society. He's a former member of the county health board and local chapter of the American Red Cross, and is still active in Hillsboro Rotary Club.

The Douglases are parents of three children. Andrew ''Drew'', 29, a reporter for the Sarasota, Florida, Herald Tribune newspaper, Bob, 26, employed by a contractor near his home in Blaine, Washington, and Mary, 22, now attending College in Portland, Oregon.

Staff members pictured with Dr. Bill are, left to right, Louise Boyd, LPN, Gaye Klump, receptionist, Barbara DeLuka, LPN.

Taken from “The Montgomery County News”
Provided by: Bernean Struss

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