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Catalog Number AC2006-0010
Collection Eugene A. Stead Jr. Papers
Title Eugene A. Stead Jr. Papers
Scope & Content Contains personal items of Eugene A. Stead, Jr. and his wife, Evelyn donated to the PAHx Society by his family soon after his death in 2006. Many of the items in this collection, or replicas of these items, reside within the Stead Office-Museum located at the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Center for Physician Assistants, Durham, NC.

The Stead Office-Museum contains items from his lake home in Bullock, NC, complete with furniture, books, family photographs, personal gifts, medals and awards. A formal garden behind the Stead Center is adorned with bronze statuary that once was located on the grounds of the Stead's lake home.

Other items are maintained at the PAHx Society Archives located in Johns Creek, GA and include personal papers, original family photographs, rare books, publications, and museum objects.

The archival collection contains photographs and a notebook Dr. Stead kept while he did rounds at Boston Hospital.
Admin/Biographical History Dr. Stead is recognized as the founder of the PA profession. He was born on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia on October 6, 1908. He received his undergraduate and medical education at Emory University and interned at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He was a resident at the Cincinnati General Hospital and held a faculty position at Harvard and the Boston City Hospital prior to becoming the youngest person to chair the Department of Medicine at Emory University in 1942. He was named Dean of the School of Medicine at Emory in 1946, but left one year later to become Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Duke University. After 20 years, he relinquished his Duke chair to explore other avenues of research and medical care.

Although Dr. Stead is internationally recognized as a clinical scientist, educator and administrator, his greatest legacy is the large number of former students who became department chairmen and leading educators and researchers throughout the United States. As the founder of the physician assistant concept, he is recognized as one of the leading educational innovators of the twenty-first century. Although not planned, it is only appropriate that National PA Day (now week) is celebrated each year on his birthday - October 6th.
Copyrights Copyright for the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History records is held by the Society; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Eugene A. Stead Jr. Papers, Society for Preservation of Physician
Assistant History, Johns Creek, GA, USA
Search Terms Stead Family
Eugene Stead
Eugene A. Stead, Jr.
Evelyn Stead
Duke University
Duke School of Medicine
North Carolina
Physician Assistants Education
Physician Assistants
Year Range from 1906
Year Range to 2006
Containers Photographs, 1913-1999
Eugene Stead Publications, 1939-1944
Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Notebook, Boston City Hospital, 1938