W. L. Sheppard records
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Walter Lee Sheppard was a member of the Board of Corporators of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1920 through the 1926/27 school year, and again for the academic years 1930/31 and 1931/32. He went on to become Vice President of the school and a member of the Executive Committee of the Corporation from 1932/33 until 1940/41. Sheppard graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1901 and an LL. B. in 1904. While attending university he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. At WMCP, Sheppard was a member of the Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure starting in 1929* and Chairman from 1935 until the committee’s dissolution in 1936. In addition to these services Sheppard was council for the college from 1922 until the end of the 1940/41 academic year (1922 – 1928/29 with address of 1106-17 Commonwealth Trust Building, Corner of 12th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1929/30-1940/41 with address of 1500 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), at which point he retired from all positions held at the college. For several following years he was contacted intermittently to answer questions regarding business he had completed while involved with the school. While working for WMCP Sheppard was also a member of the law firm Foulkrod, Sheppard, Porter, and Alexander (previously Porter, Foulkrod, and McCullagh). *He might have been a member of the committee before 1929, but the earliest files in the collection regarding the committee are from that year.
Minutes, reports, correspondence, and other materials, [1919-1941], reflecting Sheppard's general activities on the Board of Corporators, and its Executive Committee; the Woman's Medical College and Hospital, including reorganization of the Hospital Board; a new site for the College; establishing a branch medical school in Shanghai, China; the appointment of Maude E. Abbott to the Pathology Department; the removal of Alice Weld Tallant from the Chair of Obstetrics; fundraising; appropriations of state aid for the College; joining the Associated Hospital Service of Philadelphia; association with the Welfare Federation of Philadelphia; and miscellaneous invitations to College and Board functions. Also contains records of Sheppard's work on the Education Committee, 1921; and from the Committee on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure, 1929-1938, including correspondence with Helene Lippay Wastl and with Arthur M. Kennedy. General correspondence, legal briefs, and related materials from Sheppard's files as Counsel for WMC, [1922-1941], including revision of the College By-Laws; the establishment of a Catholic scholarship in the memory of Julia Phiania Harton, M.D.; and a pledge by Agnes P.R. Groome. Miscellaneous correspondence and reports, 1931, mostly dealing with financial matters during Sheppard's term as Acting President of WMC; and scattered correspondence and reports, [1932-1941], reflecting his activities as Vice-President for WMC.
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- Finding aid prepared by Adeline Skovronek