George Morgan Fister, M.D. 1892-1976


George Morgan Fister was born in Logan, Utah in 1891, the only son and youngest of five children. His father has served in the Army Cavalry and ran a saddlery shop. He attended schools in Logan and the Utah State Agricultural College. After his graduation, he taught math for two years. He then went to the University of Chicago and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical School in 1918. He interned at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He put himself through medical school by selling shoes, working the school lab, and selling long winter underwear from Utah Knitting Mills to the miners in the mining towns in Utah and Colorado.

Dr. Fister practiced general medicine in Brigham City, Utah from 1919 to 1923. He then did a Urology residency at Henry Ford Hospital from 1923 to 192 and did additional post-graduate studies in London and Vienna.

In 1928, George came to Ogden and setup a practice in Urology until his retirement in 1964.

In 1941, Dr. Fister and his wife Ruby purchased a farm on Boughton and 39th Street in Ogden and farmed for many years. They had two large Percheron horses, chickens, planted all kinds of vegetables and grew fruit trees. George and Ruby lived in this home for thirty years. Ruby died in 1966 and George then married Edna Wattis Dumke, widow of his old friend, Ezekiel R. Dumke, Dr. Fister died on May 11, 1976 at the age of 83.

Dr. Fister gained many accolades throughout his life of 83 years, among which the most important was being elected to the Presidency of the American Medical Association in 1962. He was a man of much humility, integrity and sincerity. The many accomplishments he made and gave to medicine, as well as the public service of his State were great and varied. He had a keen sense of humor, which he kept throughout his life. He was President of the Fifty-Years of Medicine Club when he died. From his modest beginning of general practice in Brigham City to one of the highest positions that American Medicine can bestow, he had indeed accomplished much.


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