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Gold-Headed Cane Award


The Gold-Headed Cane was established to recognize a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. The existence of such an honor should serve as inspiration to the younger doctor and encourage him in his family, social, civic, religious, and professional life to cultivate those essentials of character to secure for him the respect and good will of his colleagues and the profession at large and in addition the high esteem and confidence of the public.
Milam, Ranelle and Sloane

 

Gold-Headed Cane History 

 

In England in the 1600s, doctors started wearing wigs and carrying canes. The head of the cane was gold, silver or ivory and contained a cavity in which aromatic substances such as rosemary, camphor, or Marseilles vinegar were carried. The inhalation of these substances was thought to prevent contagion, and they also served the additional purpose of counter-acting offensive odors.

One such cane is a very famous Gold-Headed Cane which during the period of 1689 to 1823 was continuously carried by the most outstanding London practitioners of the times. The widow of the last doctor gave the illustrious cane to the Royal College of Physicians in London where it remains today.     
    
The Gold-Headed Cane Award was begun when, in 1951, the late Dr. Porter Brown presented a beautiful Gold-Headed Cane to Tarrant County Medical Society and revived the ancient tradition. The idea behind this award came from the book, “The Gold-Headed Cane” which was brought to Dr. Brown’s attention by our medical historian, Dr. William Crawford.

The Gold-Headed Cane was established to recognize a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. The existence of such an honor should serve as inspiration to the younger doctor and encourage him in his family, social, civic, religious, and professional life to cultivate those essentials of character to secure for him the respect and good will of his colleagues and the profession at large and in addition the high esteem and confidence of the public.

Each year the Gold-Headed Cane Award shows the warm love, and personal regard, esteem and respect of the physicians for physicians in the Tarrant County Medical Society. To be eligible the physician must have been a member of the Society for 20 years. There are no nominations and no political campaigning for this honor. The recipient is chosen by secret ballot of the membership. The ballots are counted by previous recipients.

The Gold-Headed Cane recipient is described as the Doctor’s Doctor.  A recognition by one’s peers truly is the most satisfying accolade a Society physician can ever receive.

    

  
 

 Past Recipients of the Gold Headed Cane 

 

  

C.O. Terrell 1951 Mal Rumph 1983 Larry E. Reaves 2015
May Owen 1952 Robb Rutledge 1984 Craig L. Dearden 2016
R.J. White 1953 Dolphus Compere 1985    
R. G. Baker 1954 Margie B. Peschel 1986    
Tom Bond 1955 W.S. Lorimer, Jr. 1987    
Edwin Schwarz 1956 James D. Murphy 1988    
L.O. Godley 1957 James O. McBride 1989    
De Witt Neighbors 1958 Thomas L. Shields 1990    
C.P. Hawkins 1959 Stephen Eppstein 1991    
T.H. Thomason 1960 John W. Freese 1992    
Joseph McVeigh 1961 G. Douglas Tatum 1993    
T. C. Terrell 1962 John M. Richardson 1994    
W.B. West 1963 Bohn D. Allen 1995    
Sim Hulsey 1964 Dick G. Ellis 1996    
H.O. Deaton 1965 Val F. Borum 1997    
C.S.E. Touzel 1966 John H. Smith 1998    
Louis J. Levy 1967 M. Dwain McDonald 1999    
James Hallmark 1968 John H. Richards 2000    
John J. Andujar 1969 James F. Herd 2001    
W.P. Higgins, Jr. 1970 Thomas S. Lipscomb 2002    
Emory Davenport 1971 Charles A. Rush, Jr. 2003    
William Crawford 1972 Robert S. Capper 2004    
Harold Beasley 1973 Robert W. Sloane 2005    
John A. Wiggins 1974 Tom Rogers, Jr. 2006    
Frank Cohen 1975 Tracy Kobs 2007    
Grant F. Begley 1976 Robert J. Turner, Jr. 2008    
W. Burgess Sealy 1977 Susan Kelly Blue 2009    
W.V. Bradshaw, Jr. 1978 James H. Bordelon 2010    
Durwood E. Neal 1979 Kendra J. Belfi 2011    
O.D. Drue Ware 1980 Billie R. Pugh, Jr. 2012    
James W. Short 1980 N. Alan Davenport 2013    
Warren Moorman 1982 Bobby Wroten 2014    
   
   



2017 Award Winner: Mary Milam, MD