S. Merideth Strong Luna County, New Mexico

S. Merideth Strong, M. D. physician and surgeon of Deming, was born in Logansport, Indiana, August 8. 1877, but was reared in New York, acquiring his education in the public schools of that state. He won the degree of Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and prepared for his profession as a student in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, from which he was graduated with the degree of M. D. He further perfected his knowledge by broad, practical experience in Roosevelt Hospital and in Bellevue Hospital of New York. He was also in the Sloan Fraternity Hospital and a student in Vanderbilt Clinic. He practiced to a limited extent in New York aside from his hospital work before coming to New Mexico, and here he has made a notable reputation because of his superior skill in handling the intricate and complex problems which continually confront the physician. He arrived in Silver City in 1902 and began practice, but after a brief period removed to Santa Rita. In November, 1902, he took charge of the Santa Rita Hospital and the hospital of the Nevada Mining Company at Hanover, also the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's Hospital at Fierro.

He left Santa Rita on the 1st of April. 1905, and came to Deming with the idea of building a sanitarium for the treatment of tuberculosis. Arrangements have been completed for the erection of the building, which is built on the cottage plan, with an administration building and wards for the bedridden cases. He has kept abreast with the rapid strides made in the profession in the treatment of this disease, which was formerly considered incurable. He feels fully assured that the dry climate, combined with outdoor life, careful sanitation and diet, will do much for the cure of tubercular patients, and undoubtedly he will meet with both professional and financial success in the conduct of the institution, which is now in process of construction.

Dr. Strong was married in the Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, September 17, 1902, to Miss Zerlena Morrill Quimby, of New York City. They have one child, a son, S. Merideth. Jr. The family are an addition to the social circles of Deming. Especially interested in his profession from the scientific and the humanitarian standpoint, he devotes his attention largely to his work, to the exclusion of outside interests, and his labor is of practical benefit to his fellow men. He is now a member of Luna and Grant Counties Medical Society, the Territorial Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He is a Mason.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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