Daniel L. Seckinger papers
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Daniel L. Seckinger papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Seckinger, Daniel Lamont, 1893-1964.
Title: Daniel L. Seckinger papers
Dates: 1923-1964
Extent: 0.08 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 1421

Biographical/Historical Note

Daniel Lamont Seckinger (1893 - 1973), was born in Rincon, Georgia on Dec. 29, 1893. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 and served in the Medical Corps during World War I as a bacteriologist at Fort Screven, Georgia and in Oswego, New York. Following the war and after earning degrees from Lenoir-Ryne College in North Carolina, the University of North Carolina, and John Hopkins University in Maryland, Seckinger became a medical doctor. He served as assistant health officer in both Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia and as public health director in Washington, D.C. During his career he contributed more than forty journal articles on medicine and allied sciences. His specialties of study included female hormones, epidemiology of typhoid fever and amebic dysentery, the effects of nutrition on degenerative diseases, and the influence of drugs in the control of malaria. During his research on malaria, Seckinger advocated the use of the drug atabrin/atabrine (quinacrine hydrochloride) rather than sole dependence on quinine. When the Japanese cut supply lines for quinine during World War II, Seckinger's studies with atabrin had important and lasting positive effects on the health of the U.S. troops.

Seckinger married June Wurley Seckinger of Delray Beach, Florida and the couple had one son, Dr. Daniel Lamont Seckinger Jr. Following retirement, Seckinger Sr. moved to southern Florida around 1958. He died in Boynton Beach, Florida on February 24, 1973.


Scope and Content Note

This collection is arranged chronologically. There are three folders, two containing professional materials such as journal articles by Seckinger, resume materials, and various clippings. The third folder contains genealogical information on the Seckinger and Waldhauer families, both of Salzburger origin. The information in this folder covers the years 1654-1964.


Index Terms

Articles.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Georgia--Genealogy--Sources.
Malaria--Prevention.
Medicine--United States.
Physicians--United States.
Public health--United States.
Quinacrine.
Résumés (personnel records)
Salzburgers--Georgia.
Seckinger family.
Seckinger, Daniel Lamont, 1893-1964.
Waldhauer family.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Daniel L. Seckinger papers, MS 421, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11Medical Journal articles by Daniel L. Seckinger, 1923-1957
 
2Resume and clippings, 1949, 1956, undated
 
3Genealogical records of the Seckinger-Waldhauer family, 1964