On December 10, 1932, American medicine lost one of its greatest teachers and contributors in the death of Dr. William Sydney Thayer from heart disease while visiting in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Thayer was born in Milton, Massachusetts, June 23, 1864, the son of J. Bradley and Sophia Bradford (Ripley) Thayer. His education was obtained at the Milton Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Cambridge High School and Harvard University, where he obtained the degree of A.B. in 1885 and M.D. in 1889. In 1890 he became associate resident physician in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and resident physician in 1891. From 1898 to 1906 he served as attending physician and head of the Medical Department in the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine and later as Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Medical School. It was during this time that he was intimately associated with Osler and became one of his most enthusiastic followers.