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.

 

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   Mary Milam   2017
R. G. Baker   1954   Margie B. Peschel   1986   Britton R. West   2018
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        
   
   

 

2019 Award Winner: M. Ebadat Ali, MD