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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Charles F. Rourke, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 602 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Dr. Charles F. Rourke, a capable young physician and surgeon of Schenectady, is fast winning favorable recognition in professional ranks as a general medical practitioner. He was born in Corinth, Saratoga county, New York, on the 26th of December, 1896, his parents being Martin and Bertha (De Long) Rourke, the former a native of New Haven, Connecticut, and the latter of Corinth, New York. Martin Rourke, who for many years was employed as superintendent by the International Paper Company of Corinth, passed away in September, 1897. His widow now makes her home in Toronto, Canada.

Charles F. Rourke obtained his early education in the grade and high schools of Holyoke, Massachusetts, and subsequently pursued a pre-medical course in Union College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1920. It was in June, 1922, that he received the degree of M. D. from the Albany Medical College. During the years 1922 and 1923 he served as an interne in Ellis Hospital, spending four months of that period in the X-ray department of the institution. In the interval between his third and fourth years in college he served as resident physician at the Holyoke Tuberculosis Sanitarium, while during his senior college year he was an interne at the Albany City Hospital. On the 1st of October, 1923, Dr. Rourke took up the private practice of medicine in Schenectady, where he has since maintained his office and residence at 1330 State street and is already accorded a good patronage. He is assistant surgeon to Union College and has membership connection with the Schenectady County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Rourke is independent in his political views. He was a member of the Medical Reserve Corps at the time of the World war. He enlisted in 1918 but had not been called upon for active service when discharged in December of the same year. Dr. Rourke belongs to Nu Sigma Nu, a medical fraternity, and is a communicant of the Catholic church. He holds to high standards in professional service and his ambition, enterprise and ability are rapidly bringing him to the front in his chosen vocation.

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