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Marion Craig Potter

marion craig potterMarion Craig Potter, M.D., was the first woman physician to be appointed to the Rochester City Hospital. She began practice in the Out Patient Department on May 31, 1898. Marion's father, Dr. James W. Craig, a physician in Churchville, New York, had three daughters who became doctors. Marion graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School with her sister Sara in 1884.Dr. Potter practiced in Rochester for most of her career. Many of the community's leading women were her patients. During her fifty years of practice, she was commended for her pioneer work in preventive medicine.

She was a prolific writer and editor of the Women's Medical Journal and a member or founder numerous medical and women's organizations.

She married Dr. Ezra B. Potter in 1893. They had one son, James Craig Potter. Marion Craig Potter died March 23, 1943. Dr. Potter's son, James Craig Potter, and granddaughter Marion Craig Potter, Jr., continued the family tradition, giving the family over 300 years in medical practice. (Women's Medical Journal, Times Union, and Democrat and Chronicle)