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Deacon, William J. Veitch - Dr.
Dr. William J. Veitch Deacon is director of the bureau of records and statistics of the Michigan Department of Health, a post that serves as a barometer for the health conditions of the state and all its political subdivisions. Dr. Deacon was born in New York City, October 27, 1874, and is of the second generation of the Deacon family born in America, his grandfather having come from England. On the mother's side there is Scotch lineage, from the fine old McCormick family. Dr. Deacon's great grandfather, William Veitch, was a commodore of the United States Navy and a naval attache of the court of Spain. Dr. Deacon received his elementary education in New York and went through high school. He attended Washburn College, Topeka, Kansas, giving two years to medical and academic work, then attended the Kansas City Medical College, in which he was graduated with the degree of M.D. and D.P.H. Post-graduate work was done in Kansas University and at Harvard University and Dr. Deacon became associate professor of preventive medicine in Kansas University and lecturer at Washburn College, so serving several years. In this period he was a member of the advisory board of the Kansas state board of health from 1905 to 1909, and state registrar from 1911 to 1918. The Doctor was sent to the Mexican border on special war service in public health work and in 1919 he came to Lansing as epidemiologist of the state department of health of Michigan. He was then appointed director of the bureau of records and statistics of the department, the post he fills with credit to himself and the state. In 1905, Dr. Deacon was united in marriage to Miss Myra Powell, of Cincinnati. They had two children, Thomas Crosby Deacon, who lost his life in France during the World war, and Myra Lu Deacon. Thomas Crosby Deacon was a member of the 312th Supply Company, Quartermaster's Corps, and was in the service a year and a half. He died in Chateauroux, France, sacrificing his life for his country. Miss Myra Deacon is a student at Michigan Agricultural College. Dr. Deacon, in addition to his other professional duties, has been a lecturer at the University of Michigan four years. His special efforts are in the direction of vital statistics and disease prevention and health conservation, in which he is rendering a distinct service to the state. Dr. Deacon is a Fellow of the American Public Health Association and chairman of the section on vital statistics. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a past eminent commander of Topeka Commandery No. 5, Knights Templar. He has also taken the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, belonging to Topeka consistory, and also to the Red Cross of Constantine. The Doctor is attached to Plymouth Congregational church. He is a major in Adjutant General's Department Officers Reserve Corps, United States Army, and A. A. Surgeon in the United States Public Health Service.