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Edward Wheelock (Rider), M.D.


Edward Wheelock (Rider)Edward Wheelock (1863-1927) was a physician practicing in Rochester, N.Y. from 1886 until about 1910. This small collection has come together from two sources: a scrapbook maintained by Dr. Wheelock and a series of legal documents which were turned over in 1975 to Edward C. Atwater, M.D. by Walter J. Halloran (of the law firm of Whitbeck & Halloran). The scrapbook was among a collection of books obtained from the Rochester Academy of Medicine in the late 1970s. Because of its physical condition, it was dismantled and its contents re-arranged in its present format. Processing of the collection was completed in July 1987. It is contained in one document box.

Edward Wheelock was born Wheelock Rider to Charles Everts Rider, M.D. (1839-1909), a Rochester ophthalmologist, and his wife Delia Wheelock Rider. He was the second of their three sons. Wheelock Rider was an 1883 graduate of the University of Rochester and a June 1885 graduate of the Syracuse Medical College. In September of that year, he left for Berlin where he had intended to spend two or three years in additional medical studies. He returned to Rochester, however, in March 1886.

Wheelock Rider followed in his father's footsteps in ophthalmology. For a time they shared an office at 53 South Fitzhugh Street. Like his father, Wheelock Rider was associated with the Rochester City Hospital, as well as St. Mary's Hospital. He was a member and at various times an officer of the Monroe County Medical Society; the Hospital Medical Society; the Rochester Academy of Medicine, and the Rochester Pathological Society. Rider was also a member of the American Ophthalmological Society and the American Otological Society.

Wheelock Rider's relationship with his father was apparently a difficult one. For reasons unspecified, his name was legally changed to Edward Wheelock on 2 May 1911, two years after his father's death. Edward Wheelock (Rider) was twice married. There was no issue from either marriage. Some years before his death, Edward Wheelock ceased the practice of medicine. He died on 10 December 1927.

The Papers

The Edward Wheelock scrapbook (now dismantled) contains a variety of ephemeral material pertaining to his personal and professional life. The legal documents obtained from W.J. Halloran include drafts of Wheelock Rider's will and legal memoranda on the disposition of the will of Charles Everts Rider.

Container List

  • Folder 1: Gymnasium certificates (1871-1872)
  • Folder 2: Charles E. Rider & Edward Wheelock Rider, a memo by W.J. Halloran for Edward C. Atwater, M.D., dated June 6, 1975
  • Folder 3: Newspaper clippings
  • Folder 4: Local medical society ephemera
  • Folder 5: Rochester City Hospital out-patient referral cards
  • Folder 6: Professional miscellanea
  • Folder 7: Social miscellanea
  • Folder 8: Miscellaneous correspondence
  • Folder 9: Correspondence (Ruth Wheelock)
  • Folder 10: Last will and testament of Edward Wheelock (1915, 1923)
  • Folder 11: Memoranda on the estate of Charles E. Rider
  • Folder 12: Genesee Valley Forestry Association
  • Folder 13: Wheelock Tracts facsimile
  • Folder 14: Photographs
  • Folder 15: Miscellanea