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Interview with Earl Nation M.D., 2006

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Interviewer: Resnik, Susan
An oral history conducted by Susan Resnik, Ph.D. with former San Diego State University distinguished alumnus Earl Nation on May 16th and 17th, 2006.

Earl Nation moved to San Diego in 1926. During that same year, he started classes at San Diego State College where he majored in chemistry. He graduated in 1931 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio to begin medical school at the Western Reserve School of Medicine. Upon graduation, Nation moved to Los Angeles and started a year-long rotating internship at the Los Angeles County Hospital. In 1941, Nation went into practice with H.C. Bumpus and Ben D. Massey in Pasadena, specializing in urology. In addition, he also was associate professor of urology at the University of Southern California, but retired in 1955.

During Nation's medical career, he served as president of the Huntington Memorial Hospital, the Pasadena Dispensary, the Pasadena Medical Society, the California Urological Society, the Western Section of the American Urological Association (AUA), and the national American Urological Association. In 2002, the AUA awarded Doctor Nation the Ramon Guiteras Award. He was also a charter member of the American Osler Society.

Nation retired from his practice in 1990, and remained active in the American Osler Society until his death in 2008.

In his oral history, Nation discusses his early childhood in Texas, then San Diego. Of particular interest are Doctor Nation's remembrances of San Diego State College during the late 1920s and early 1930s, including San Diego State's move to its current location, parking issues, the chemistry fraternity, and jaunts to Tijuana for horse races and entertainment. Nation's account of medical school in Cleveland, Ohio during the Depression is insightful as well. The recording also includes his remembrances of the Los Angeles County General Hospital, his contraction of tuberculosis, his medical history scholarship, and his reflections on his urological practice.

This oral history was made possible by a grant from the John and Jane Adams Endowment for the Humanities and is part of the University Archives Multimedia Files Collection.
Earl Fay Nation; Susan Resnik; Alumni; Oral Histories; Interviews; San Diego State University; Western Reserve School of Medicine; Los Angeles County Hospital; H. C. Bumpus; Ben D. Massey; Urologists; Huntington Memorial Hospital; Pasadena Dispensary; Pasadena Medical Society; California Urological Society; American Urological Association; AUA; Ramon Guiteras Award; American Osler Society; San Diego State College; Great Depression; Joseph Newton Nation; Louisa Hayes; Joseph Madison Nation; Alma Emily Johnson; William Johnson; Ida Sockwell; Earl Johnson; Galveston Flood (1900); Joe Nation; Bill Nation; Homemade radios; Henrietta Johnson; Lambda Delta Lambda; Divinyl ether; Laurence M. Klauber; W. D. Work; Alpha Kappa Kappa; Victor C. Meyers; Crile Scholarship; Cleveland City Hospital; Wayfarers Lodge; Otis Steel Mill; Alpha Omega Alpha; Paul Mott; San Diego State football teams; Moulin Rouge (Agua Caliente); Albert Einstein; Charles Lindbergh; Richard Bing; Carey Bumpus
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See NATION-2006T; named are: Eugene Hoffman, Claude Beck, Jack Nelson, Prontylin, sulfanilamide, sulfa drugs, Western Urological Association, Seeley Mudd, Wendy Husser, Paul Peters, Larry Jones, Chuck Roland, American Osler Society, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Otis Steel Mill, Charles Gallup, Cleveland City Hospital, San Diego State football teams, Zamorano Club, Twilight Club, Athenaeum at California Institute of Technology, Sir William Osler
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