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Surgeon , United States Public Health Service

Charles Vivian AKIN, Surgeon, United States Public Health Service. Member of Delta Kappa Epsilon; Phi Beta Pi; Theta Nu Epsilon; American Medical Association; American Public Health Association; Military Surgeons Association; American Genetic Association.


AKIN, Charles Vivian was born on May 23, 1890 in Meridian, Mississippi. Son of Charles Vance and Jennie (MacCormack) Akin.


Graduate Dallas Academy, Selma, Alabama, 1903. Bachelor of Science, Meridian Military Academy, 1907. Doctor of Medicine Tulane University, Medical School, New Orleans, 1911.


With United States Public Health Service, 1914-1943, commissioned assistant surgeon, 1914, passed assistant surgeon, 1918, surgeon, 1922, senior surgeon, 1934. Chief quarantine officer Port of New York, United States Quarantine Station, Rosebank, S. I., New York, 1936-1939. Became assistant surgeon general United States.P.H.S. and chief of Division of Sanitary Reports and Statistics, Office of Surgeon General, Washington, District of Columbia, 1939.

Commissioned medical director Public Health Service, March 1940. During service has had experience in control of bubonic plague, venereal and other communicable diseases and research in epidemiology. Also as quarantine officer Mobile, Alabama, and Panama Canal.

In charge of New York Quarantine Station, 1936-1939. Has improved methods of cyanide fumigation and rat-infestation inspection of vessels and developed Public Health Service system of radio pratique to eliminate quarantine inspection of qualified vessels. From United States.P.H.S., as assistant surgical general 1942.

Associate British Ministry War Transport, 1943-1945. Director Clarke-Wayne Health Department 1946-1960, medical consultant from 1960.


Fellow American Public Health Association. Member of the American Medical Association, Mississippi Public Health Association, Commissioned Officers Association, Officers Association, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Beta Pi.

  • Member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. Phi Beta Pi; Theta Nu Epsilon. American Medical Association. American Public Health Association. Military Surgeons Association. American Genetic Association.


Married Arline Hardin, August 16, 1911. Children: Charles Armstrong, Elizabeth Allen (wife of David Heiman, United States of America).