Leake, Chauncey Depew

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Leake, Chauncey Depew

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Dr. Chauncey D. (Depew) Leake, was born on September 5, 1896 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After high school he went on to Princeton University on scholarship where he majored in chemistry. He served in the First World War, first as a gunner then part of the chemical warfare department in Wisconsin. He remained in Wisconsin where he met his future wife Elizabeth Wilson, a microbiologist.
In 1928 he established the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California School of Medicine. He continued to be well renowned in the medical world, especially in terms of his belief that ethics should be taught by those with philosophical training. In 1942 he became the vice-president of the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston. He then went on to Ohio State University before retiring in 1962.
Aside from his work in bioethics, Dr. Leake is also known for his passion for medical history and humanist ideals.


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