Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dr. George Bertram Madsen ~ Mayor of the Month ~ December 2011

Dr. George Bertram Madsen, practicing physician in Mt. Pleasant for 28 years, was born November 14, 1901 in Mt. Pleasant, a son of George and Addie Tebbs Madsen.  He passed away January 11, 1961 while performing surgery at the Mt. Pleasant hospital.  He had previously practiced medicine in Arizona and Mexico.

Active in civic affairs, he served as Mt. Pleasant mayor from 1947 to 1949, and also served as a city councilman.  He was instrumental in the establishment  of the North Sanpete LDS Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and had worked on many other projects including a flood dam for the area.

Dr. Madsen was a member ot the Utah State, Central Utah and the American Medical Associations.  He was a former member and past president  of the Lions Club.  Dr. Madsen was the school physician for Wasatch Academy for 11 years.

He graduated from North Sanpete High School and University of Utah, receiving his medical degree from the Louisville Kentucky Medical School in 1925.

Dr. Madsen married Thelma Beauman of Mt. Pleasant on September 15, 1936 in Soda Springs, Idaho.  They had three daughters:  Roberta (Bobby) Reeves of San Diego, California, Thelma Ann (Tammy) Harley of Dallas, Texas and Lynne Keene of Bakersfield, California.

Some of his favorite hobbies were flying, fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.  He enjoyed the local mountains and, in his younger years, had spent time herding sheep in them.

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