George Worthington Covey, MD, c. 1918



George Worthington Covey, MD, c. 1918




George Worthington Covey, MD, was born in Forman, North Dakota in 1889. He attended pre-medical training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1914. Dr. Covey joined the war effort as a Lieutenant in the Medical Relief Corps of the U.S. Army and served as a pathologist at Base Hospital No. 49. Dr. Covey’s work was critical in studying and tracing the highly infectious and deadly 1918 influenza pandemic.

After the war, Dr. Covey remained in service with the Nebraska National Guard Medical Corps as a Captain of Hospital Corps No. 130 and Major in the 110th Medical Regiment, both based in Lincoln. Dr. Covey became chief-of-staff of Lincoln General Hospital (1929-1954) and was president of the Nebraska State Medical Association in 1936.




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