The Life of Seneca Egbert

Dr. Seneca Egbert, 77, public health authority and president of the Radnor Township Board of Health, died suddenly of a heart attack at 2 am today at his home, 200 E. Beechtree Lane, Wyane.

Although Dr. Egbert had suffered other heart attacks, he was apparently in health recently and was active in his duties with the board.

He was formerly dean of Medico-Chirurgical College and later became a professor of hygeine at the University of Pennsylvania when Medico-Chi combined with the University.

An advocate of "pure air, pure milk, and pure water," Dr. Egbert as long ago as 1910 said that if the people of the United States had these ingredients, the average span of life would be increased by seven and one half years.

In 1905, he made a survey of the Schuylkill between Reading and Philadelphia for the State Department of Health and declared it was a "sewer for the adjacent towns." He said the pollution was inexcusable.

Interested in historic sites, he urged the creation of a park between Chestnut and Race, and Fifth and Sixth Streets as a proper setting for Independence Square.

He lived with his daughter, Mrs. Severn Sparks and her husband and her two children. In addition, he leaves a son, Victor Egbert of Philadelphia.

During the World War, Dr. Egbert was a major on the Medical Reserve Corps., stationed at Fort Hancock, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm from the funeral parlor. Burial will be at Arlington Cemetery, Delaware County.


Filter Seneca Egbert's Timeline by the following Memory Categories