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Walter Stanton Root


Walter Stanton Root, American educator. Decorated Armed Forces medal (China).


Root, Walter Stanton was born on September 18, 1902 in Buffalo. Son of William Francis Stanton and Leontine Margaret (Root) Root.


Student Rutgers College, 1920-1921. Bachelor of Science cum. laude, Wesleyan University, 1922-1924. Postgraduate University and Bellevue Hospital Medical School, 1925-1927.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania 1930.


1 son, Richard Wigfall. Married second, Pauline Elizabeth Warner, November 4, 1961. Assistant in biology Wesleyan University, 1924-1925.

Assistant physiologist United States Army School Aviation Medicine, summer 1925. Assistant instructor physiology University of Pennsylvania Medical School, 1927-1929. Assistant professor physiology Syracuse Medical School, 1929-1931, associate professor, 1931-1936.

Associate professor of University Maryland. Medical School, 1936-1937. Associate professor College Physicians and Surgeons Columbia, 1937-1948, professor physiology, 1948-1968, emeritus, 1968-1972.

Special field staffs, consultant Rockefeller Foundation, Mahidol U., Bangkok, Thailand, 1968-1969. Woods Hole scholar (Wesleyan University), Marine Biological Laboratory, summer 1924. Investigator Marine Biological Laboratory, summers 1928-1936, member corporation.

Group research program American Bureau Medical Aid to China, Nanking, summer 1948. Director American Bureau for Medical Aid to China, 1949-1961, vice president, 1951-1961. Member 18th International Physiological Congress, Copenhagen, 1950.

Research associate medical physics. University of California, fall 1952. Member physiology test committee National Board Medical Examiners, 1957-1961.

Member medical science screening committee Conference Board Associate Research Councils (Fulbright awards), 1957-1962, chairman, 1962-1964. Committee nomenclature for randombred animals Institute Laboratory Animal Resources National Academy Sciences-National Research Council, 1964-1970.


  • Contributor American Journal Physiological, Macleod’s Physiological in Modern Medicine, 1941. Journal Applied Physiology, Journal Biological Chemistry. Bard’s Medical Physiology, 1956, 61, Handbook of Physiology, 1963, 65, Mountcastle, Medical Physiology, 1968.


Member 18th International Physiological Congress, Copenhagen, 1950.; Fellow New York Academy Sciences (council 1949-1950, vice president 1951, president 1956), New York Academy of Medicine (associate). Member Association Research Nervous and Mental Disease (associate), Research Defense Society England (life), S.A.R., National Resuscitation Society (advisory board), American Physiological Society, Society Experimental Biology and Medicine (secretary-treasurer 1958-1967), Order of Founders and Patriots, New York State Society Medical Research (president 1954-1955), American Heart Association (science council), American Association for the Advancement of Science (council 1964), Harvey Society, Sigma Xi (chapter president 1962-1963), Nu Sigma Nu.

Member editorial advisory board Journal Photochemistry and Photobiology, 1962-1966.


Married Elizabeth Wigfall, January 26, 1928 (deceased).; married second, Pauline Elizabeth Warner, November 4, 1961.

William Francis Stanton Root

Leontine Margaret (Root) Root

Elizabeth Wigfall

Pauline Elizabeth Warner