Physician; medical educator and administrator. BornРDec. 5, 1897, Hartselle, Ala. ParentsРHenry August and Carrie Camilla (Puryear) Kracke. MarriedРVirginia Carolyn Minter, Oct. 17, 1925. ChildrenРSix. EducationРAlabama Polytechnic Institute, 1913-1914; University of Alabama, B.S., 1924; Rush Medical College, University of Chicago, M.D., 1927. Worked as a pharmacist, 1914-1917; U.S. Navy, 1917-1921; taught, University of Alabama, 1925-1926; taught, Emory University, 1926-1944; first Dean of the Medical College, University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1944-1950, where he taught pathology, bacteriology, and laboratory medicine, and began building the UAB Medical College into a major medical center. Awarded a certificate of merit for medical research by the American Medical Association, 1934; gold medal, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1935. Elected to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, 2004.  Fellow, American College of Physicians; member; American Board of Pathology; American Medical Association; Medical Association of Georgia; Georgia Academy of Science; Phi Beta Pi; Phi Beta Kappa. Died June 27, 1950.


Who Was Who in America online; Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama in Birmingham; Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame website


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