Fred H. Heise

Born: 1883 in Baltimore, Md.

Died: June 8, 1946 in Trudeau, N.Y.

Married: Ethel Roberts

Children: No children

Dr. Frederick Henry Heise was the medical director of the Trudeau Sanatorium. He originally came to Trudeau as a patient in 1909, and stayed on as a resident physician. Heise briefly left to serve as resident physician at the Maryland State Sanatorium, but returned to Saranac Lake after a year. He was made medical director of Trudeau Sanatorium in 1929. He is buried in St. John's Cemetery in Paul Smiths.

His nephew, Dr. Carl Merkel, came to Saranac Lake to settle Dr. Heise's estate, and decided to stay.

See also: "Repressions," a set of limericks about the doctors by Mildred Blanchet, posted at the bottom of her page.

New York Times, June 9, 1946

Dr. F. H. Heise Dies; Trudeau Official

Authority on Tuberculosis, 63, Joined Sanatorium's Staff After Own Cure in 1909

Fred Heise's dog, "Jack".  HSL Collection, TCR 275. Courtesy of Arthur Steneri, Jr.Saranac Lake, N. Y., June 8 -- Dr. Frederick Henry Heise, one of the country's foremost authorities on tuberculosis, died here this afternoon in the Trudeau Sanatorium, of which he was chairman of the medical board. His age was 63.

President of the National Tuberculosis Association in 1944-45 and author of more than a hundred scientific articles on the disease, Dr. Heise began his medical career at the University of Maryland Medical School shortly after his graduation from the Baltimore City College.

A victim of tuberculosis himself, he came to the Trudeau Sanatorium as a patient in 1909, was declared cured in a short time and then became a member of the staff of the institution.

Dr. Heise left Saranac Lake in 1911 to become resident physician at the Maryland State Sanatorium, but returned to Trudeau in 1912 as a resident physician. In 1929, he was made medical director.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Potts Memorial Sanatorium in Livingston, N. Y., and the board of directors and executive committee of the National Tuberculosis Association. A Mason and an Elk, he also belonged to the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the American Medical Association and the Osler Club.

A lecturer at the Medical School of the University of Rochester and the Trudeau School of Tuberculosis, he also was a director of the Saranac Lake Study and Craft Guild.

Dr. Heise leaves a widow, the former Ethel Roberts of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. John Ritz of Catonsville, Md.;  and two brothers, Charles of Baltimore, and the Rev. Henry Heise of Waukegan, Ill.