Obituary Record

Raymond P. (M.D.) Carroll
Died on 3/26/1982
Buried in Holy Cross (Catholic Church) Cemetery

Raymond P. Carroll was born Oct. 6, 1897 in Butte, Montana, to Andrew and Mary (O'Toole) Carroll. He was one of seven children, having two brothers and four sisters.

After getting his early education in Butte, he earned his M.D. degree in 1920 from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in Denver, Colorado, and St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha.

The story is told that by age 16 he earned $1100 doing odd jobs while growing up, and then took that money to pay for his schooling at Creighton. He was only 23 years old when he became an M.D., and that was so unusual that his nickname was the "Kid Doctor" (he grew a mustache to look older).

On September 20, 1921, he married Marie Maney at St. Bernard's Church in Omaha, Nebraska. The priest from Laurel, Reverend Father C.C. Collins, united them in marriage

After his internships, Raymond went to the town of Laurel, in Cedar County, where from 1921 on, he practiced medicine.

Raymond wasn't the only doctor in his family--his brother J.J. became a surgeon, practicing in San Francisco, California. After both his brother and sister-in-law died, Raymond and his wife brought Jack, their ten-year-old nephew, to Laurel, Nebraska to be raised as their own. Jack, too, became a physician, graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, and briefly practiced with his uncle Raymond in the town of Laurel.

From 1928-1932 Dr. Raymond served as Cedar County physician. In 1931-33 and again 1934-36 he served as mayor of Laurel. He was a past president of the Commercial Club. From 1935-37 he was secretary to the Five County Medical Society. He was a member of the Nebraska State Medical Association.

Dr. Carroll was in SATC (Student Army Training Corps, started shortly after ROTC--Reserve Officer Training Corps), then served in World War I, from Oct. 1, 1918-Dec. 10, 1918. He later was a service officer and past adjutant of the American Legion.

In 1940, he and Marie were still living in Laurel. He practiced medicine there until his retirement. During his free time he enjoyed traveling.

Raymond and Marie spent their last years living in Tucson, Arizona. When Marie died, she was buried in Holy Cross, the Catholic cemetery in Blair, Nebraska, where she grew up. Raymond died the next year, and is buried beside her.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sources: cemetery records; National Archives; NEGenWeb Project - Cedar County, Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940, p. 138; definition SATC from "Student Military Training and the Great War", by Angela Jordan, with research by Maggie Cornelius, Sept. 22, 2014; kind assistance of FindaGrave volunteers Karen (#48873937) and Sheila (#47702527)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CARROLL, RAYMOND P: Mayor; b Butte, Mont Oct 6, 1897; s of Andrew Carroll-Mary O'Toole; ed Butte Mont; Creighton U, MD 1920; m Marie Maney Sept 20, 1921 Omaha; s John Joseph; 1920-21 interne St Joseph's Hosp, Denver & St Joseph's Omaha; 1921- prac med, Laurel; 1931-33 & 1934-36 mayor; 1928-32 Cedar Co phys; past pres Comml Club; 1935-37 secy Five Co Med Soc; Neb St Med Assn; during World War served in SATC; service ofcr & past adjt Amer Leg; hobby, travel; res Laurel.--NEGenWebProject, p. 138.

Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Blair, Washington County Nebraska, USA; Plot: Block 6, Lot 6, Space 3

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