Donald A. McGregor, M.D.

WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

DONALD A. McGREGOR, M.D.

(5th medical doctor in St. George)

BIOGRAPHY

Donald A. McGregor was born April 9, 1876.

In 1899, Donald A. McGregor left his home in Beaver, Utah to pursue his dream of becoming a medical doctor. He began his studies at Baltimore Medical College, in Baltimore, Maryland, and in order to attend courses year-round, attended both Rusch Medical School in Chicago and Barnes Medical School in St. Louis, being joined by his wife Alma and their two small children for his final year of school. He received his M.D. degree in St. Louis and graduated top in his class.

He returned to Utah in 1902, returning to the east coast several times during the next 20 years for workshops in the country's best hospitals. His reputation as a top medical student as well as an accomplished surgeon over his first few years in practice brought him several offers from around the country, including the Mayo Brothers in Rochester, Minnesota. But his desire was to stay in Southern Utah, his home, where there were few physicians and no hospitals, and hundreds of people who needed both.

In 1906, shortly after graduating from medical school, Dr. Donald A. McGregor moved his family to Beaver, Utah, and purchased the home of a Dr. George Hoffman, who was moving away.

Dr. McGregor purchased one-half a city block in Beaver along with the house, and turned it into the "McGregor Hospital", the first hospital in Southern Utah. At that time, he was caring for citizens across several counties, traveling by horse and buggy. For those not able to come to the hospital for care, he performed procedures, surgeries and delivered babies in their homes.

In 1912, McGregor purchased his first car which made the many miles he traveled much easier for everyone.

As the years went on, St. George, in Washington County, was growing very rapidly and the need for health care and a hospital became more urgent there than in Beaver. At the invitation of his brother-in-law, Dr. Frank J. Woodbury, Dr. McGregor closed the hospital in Beaver and moved to St. George in 1913, opening the Washington County Hospital the first hospital in that area.

The American College of Surgeons made Dr. McGregor a Fellow in their organization in 1913. In their files in Chicago, Illinois, D. A .McGregor of St. George, Utah is credited with approximately 50 surgical procedures, which stood at the forefront of medicine at that time.

McGregor was a charter member to of the Rotary Club of St. George and served as its 2nd president during the 1932-1933 year. In 1931, Donald A. McGregor's two sons entered Baltimore Medical College, following in their father's footsteps. Alpine ("Dr. A.W.") and Lorenzo ("Dr. L.W.") McGregor graduated together with honors. These two brothers were just finishing their internships in Los Angeles in 1936 when their father suffered a heart attack. This left the people of Washington County without enough medical help, and after the California Medical Board granted the McGregor Brothers permission to leave their program a month early, they returned to St. George to take over their father's practice and the hospital there.

Dr. Donald A. McGregor died of complications related to this heart attack on October 11, 1938. He was buried on October 13, 1938 in the St. George City Cemetery.


FAMILY

Parents and Siblings:
    William Campbell McGregor
    Sarah Fish McGregor
        Adelbert Fish McGregor
        Ellen Elnora McGregor
        William Campbell McGregor
        Julia Hannah McGregor
        Joseph Franklin McGregor
        Donald Alpine McGregor

(4/11/1833-6/16/1913)   (married 4/28/1857)
(10/24/1828-5/31/1905)
(4/4/1858-3/18/1891)   (married Ada Elizabeth Dalton)
(8/6/1860-8/22/1928)   (married Thomas Alma Smith)
(1/5/1863-10/29/1935)   (married Charlotte or Hettie Beers)
(6/18/1865-x4/30/1944)   (married William Horne Dame Lyman)
(8/16/1868-6/19/1962)   (married Lena Isabella Durham)
(4/9/1876-10/11/1938)   (married Alma Gertrude Watson and Bertha Pendexter Watson)

First Wife and Children:
    Alma Gertrude Watson McGregor
        Wanda McGregor
        LaBerta McGregor
        Alpine Watson McGregor
        Gertrude McGregor
        Lorenzo Watson McGregor  
        Karma McGregor
        Mary McGregor


(1/2/1874-7/5/1969)   (married 11/21/1895)
(12/5/1896-10/30/1989)   (married Karl Nelson Snow)
(9/18/1898-4/19/1984)   (married Benjamin Pace Sorenson)
(8/8/1902-1/15/1986)   (married Merle Sevy, Mae Elizabeth McClain, and Berneice Holt)
(3/3/1904-6/6/2000)   (married Joseph McArthur)
(4/19/1908-8/26/1953)   (married Minnie Hafen)
(7/20/1910-9/24/2005)   (married Ellis Savage McAllister)
(2/3/1913-3/18/2006)   (married Leo Glen Killian)

Second Wife and Children:
    Bertha Pendexter Watson McGregor  
        Donald Watson McGregor
        Mar Watson McGregor


(7/20/1886-1/29/1971)   (married 6/4/1909)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Irene Gray and Pernella Lindberg )
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Mona Valerie Reber)


PHOTOS

WCHS photos:
WCHS-01537     Photo of Alpine W. McGregor MD, Lorenzo W. McGregor MD, and Donald A. McGregor MD


REFERENCES

Biography of Donald A. McGregor
written by his daughter, Wanda McGregor Snow

Washington County Chapter, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers,
" Under Dixie Sun".
1950 with 1978 Supplement.
Page 305.

Douglas D. Alder and Karl F. Brooks,
" A History of Washington County From Isolation to Destination".
Page 324.

Notes on Dr. Donald A. McGregor

Leavitt Family Website entry for Donald Alpine McGregor

BillionGraves for Donald A. McGregor