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William S. Porter, MD: Jack London’s Personal Physician and Friend

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Historic American Bag Company building

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299 Third Street

Oakland, California 94618

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Dr. Richard M. Rocco, PhD of Samuel Merritt University explores the eclectic life of William S. Porter, M.D. (1867–1948) and his contributions to Oakland. Among them were advances in medical care—performing the first Caesarean section in the East Bay—and founding Merritt Hospital (now Alta Bates Summit Medical
Center). A trained sculptor and art patron, he opened Oakland’s first public art gallery in the Municipal Auditorium. Artworks from his collection went to Mills College, St. Mary’s College, and California College of Art. His donations helped start the Oakland Museum of California. Both members of Oakland’s Bohemian crowd, he and Jack London became friends. London became Porter’s patient as well. At Porter’s funeral, a fellow physician said, “Life is an idiot that such a man should be gone.”

photo credit: WILLIAM S. PORTER: BY RICHARD LANGTRY PARTINGTON (1868–1929), OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA OMCA A53.404

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Historic American Bag Company building

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299 Third Street

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