Dr. Robert McClelland, the last living attending surgeon who was present in the trauma room in Parkland Hospital where President John F. Kennedy died in 1963, will discuss his memories of the event on the Tarleton campus Wednesday.
McClelland’s presentation, a part of the Speaker Symposium Lecture Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the Nursing Building. The talk is free and open to the public.
McClelland, professor emeritus at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, is a 1954 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After his internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center and two years of military service in the Air Force in Germany, he completed his residency in general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital. He achieved fame as a medical educator as originator and editor of Audio-Journal Review, General Surgery and Selected Readings in General Surgery.
President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in a motorcade in downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. He was taken to Trauma Room 1 at Parkland Hospital where McClelland and other doctors tried to save his life, but he was pronounced dead.