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Title: Interview with Jack Docter - #1
Original format: VHS
Item Id.: spl_ds_jnocton_01_01
Description: This is part 1 of 1 of an interview with Dr. Jack Docter. This interview was conducted by Donald Schmechel on March 10, 1988.
Jack Docter (1915-2008) was the first medical director of Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Docter was born in Seattle and attended Montlake Elementary, Garfield High School and the University of Washington where he was part of the 1936 ski team. During his time at the University of Washington, he helped fund his education by working as an orderly at Harborview Hospital. He received his medical degree from the Columbia University School of Medicine in 1946. Docter began his medical practice in Seattle in 1947, specializing in cysticfibrosis. He married his wife, Marion Nute in 1948 and the couple had three children together. They also remained active skiers, eventually helping to establish the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort. Docter became the director at Children’s Hospital in 1959 and was instrumental in establishing the cardiopulmonary hospital. He remained in the position until 1981. In 1987, the Dr. Docter Guild was formed in his honor, raising over $700,000 for the hospital. In addition to his medical career, Docter was an avid sailor and a member of the Corintian and Seattle Yacht Clubs.
In the interview Nocton discusses his family background and upbringing in Montlake; his education at Montlake School, Garfield High School and the University of Washington; and his medical career.
This interview is part of the Donald Schmechel Oral History Collection. Don Schmechel, who was a member of the Seattle Public Library Foundation board, began this project with Seattle Public Library in 1984, with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) brought on board as a partner in early 1985. Schmechel himself worked to raise the funding for the project, and volunteered his time to manage the project, and to conduct interviews along with a crew of volunteers. Originally titled the Videotaping Historic Figures (VHF) Program, the project interviewed 91 people, with a portion of the interviews entering the collections of the Seattle Public Library and a portion of them going to MOHAI.The interviews conducted with these Seattle civic, business and cultural leaders in 1985 are valuable first-hand accounts that provide insight into developments taking place in the mid-twentieth century.
Digitization of this videotape material has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.