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Rudolph Alvin Light, American surgeon. Decorated Bronze Star medal; honorary commander Most Excellent Order of British Empire; recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American Diplomate American Board Surgery.


Light, Rudolph Alvin was born on September 21, 1909 in Kalamazoo. Son of Stellar Rudolph and Rachel Winifred (Upjohn) Light.


Bachelor of Philosophy, Yale, 1931. Bachelor of Arts Physiology, Oxford (England) University, 1934, Master of Arts, 1937. Doctor of Medicine Vanderbilt University, 1939.


; one daughter, Deborah Ann (Mistress Peter J. Perry). Married second, Helen Ann Rork, March 25, 1960. Began as junior intern, then senior intern surgery, Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, 1939-1941.

Assistant resident, then resident surgery, Vanderbilt Hospital, 1941-1943, 46-47. Assistant chief surgery Veterans Administration Hospital., Nashville, 1947-1948, director research, 1947-1949, acting chief surgery, 1948. Associate professor surgery Vanderbilt University School Medicine and Hospital, 1948-1957, director surgical research, 1949-1957, director rehabilitation service, 1956-1957.

Visiting surgeon Nuffield dent. surgery University of Oxford, 1958-1962. Director Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo.


Member of executive board Middle Tennessee council Boy Scouts American, 1949-1958, later. Served to captain, Military Cross, Australia, World World War II. Member Australian Computer Society, Society University Surgeons, Southern Surgical Association, American Federation Clinical.

Clubs: Yale (New York City).


Married Ann Bonner Jones, June 8, 1932 (divorced 1960).; married second, Helen Ann Rork, March 25, 1960.

Stellar Rudolph Light

Rachel Winifred (Upjohn) Light

Ann Bonner Jones