Courtesy of Phil Wolff[?]Chiefly known as a photographer, Edward L. Gockeler published landscape shots in Vermont Life magazine and at least one of "The Chapel at Trudeau in mid-February" in the Syracuse Sunday Post-Standard (undated clipping). He had a darkroom in the attic of the Saranac Laboratory. He lived at 69 Park Avenue.

"They're the staff of the Saranac Laboratory. Desiring to take their place in the world despite the handicap of tuberculosis, they have become research workers, whose honest and often spectacular attainments are internationally known.

"They are quietly at work on the research problem of tuberculosis and of silicosis and other dust diseases. They are quietly proving, also, though they're unaware of it, that Saranac Lake is an A-No. 1 spot for rehabilitation of the patient.

"They've all had tuberculosis. They're united in their interest in its care and cure. Not doctors of medicine, they all see in laboratory work a way of further defeating a disease which each day, through their efforts, grows less formidable.

"They're largely self-taught, though as one learns his profession, he gives his help to the next. . . .

"Another is Edward L. Gockler [sic], a former newspaperman and expert photographer, who is now using his photographic skill in assisting Mr. McCrum. Slated for the regular staff next year, he is also of great help to Dr. Esper Larsen 3rd, who is preparing suspensions of all kinds of materials for injection into animals." 1 . . .

"Dr. Gardner pointed out that it was one of the pet theories of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, founder of the laboratory, that a place should be provided for medical and research men to work while getting back on their feet after a bout with tuberculosis.

"The laboratory is that place, and in helping to direct the lives of many, it has added a great deal to the scientific knowledge of tuberculosis and other subjects." #

More can be found on pages 74-75 of Cure Cottages of Saranac Lake by Philip L. Gallos.



1. From: “They Rebuild Men” by Eleanor Dayton. Partial transcription from a partial photocopy, page 10, source unknown, apparently 1941.