Dr. Daniel Brumfiel. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 30, 2007

Born: January 20, 1890 in Indiana

Died: August 20, 1958

Married: Katherine Rutledge

Dr. Daniel Brumfiel first came to Saranac Lake as a TB patient at Trudeau Sanatorium in 1925 as a newly graduated doctor. After his cure he left, but returned in 1928 and practiced with Dr. Francis B. Trudeau, Sr. He opened his own office about 1930 where he practiced for more than 25 years.


Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 21, 1958

Dr. Daniel Brumfiel Dies Here at 68

Dr. Daniel M. Brumfiel, 68, Saranac Lake physician and a specialist in diseases of the chest and heart, died at his home at 22 Catherine Street at 8:30 last night.

His body is at the Fortune Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Surviving is his wife, the former Katherine Rutledge, whom he married in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, on Aug. 28, 1917.

Dr. Brumfiel was born in Fayette County, Ind., on January 20, 1890, the son of Daniel and Martha Ann Trusler Brumfiel. He attended Lombard College from 1908 to 1912 where he received his AB degree. He received his Master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1913, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1917. In 1924 he was awarded an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

He was with the Department of Internal Medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from 1924 to 1925. In that year illness brought him to Saranac Lake, where he was a patient at Trudeau Sanatorium for several months. He then returned to the Henry Ford Hospital. In 1928 he returned to Saranac Lake and for two years was associated with Dr. Francis B. Trudeau, Sr. He opened his office about 1930, and had continued to practice here until his recent illness.

Dr. Brumfiel was a Fellow of the American Medical Association; the Medical Society of New York State; the National Tuberculosis Association and the American Heart Association. He was a consultant for the Saranac Lake laboratories and Will Rogers Hospital and was on the staff of the Saranac Lake General Hospital and Prescott House, headquarters of the Saranac Lake Rehabilitation Guild. He had also been consultant at the former Stony Wold Sanatorium, was a lecturer at the Trudeau School and at one time had been an instructor at the University Rochester.

He was a member of the American Trudeau Association, a diplomats of-the Board of Internal Medicine, former president of The Franklin County Medical Society, vice-president of the Saranac Lake Tuberculosis Society, and a former president of the local Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In addition to all this, Dr. Brumfiel liked to write. Once he told an Enterprise reporter that "Like sixty million other Americans, I've had a yen to write since I was a kid."

In December 1954 Esquire magazine carried a story of his entitled "No Room," a story concerning the failure of Joseph and Mary to get shelter at the Selim's Inn just before the Christ Child was born. Another article of his was titled "The Man Who Thought of RFD."

Dr. Brumfiel had a lively interest in community affairs and a wide circle of friends.

The body is reposing at the Fortune Funeral Home where there will be an Elks Service at 8 o'clock tomorrow night.

Funeral services will be held m Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Saranac Lake Presbyterian Church with the Rev. W. James Erdmann officiating.

Mrs. Brumfiel has requested that in lieu of flowers friends who wish to do so may send a contribution to the Saranac Lake General Hospital in memory of Dr. Brumfiel.