Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bishop/Carey Family Photo Album - Featuring Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Davis

If you missed my first post about the Bishop/Carey photos, you can read it here.

Bishop/Carey photos, page 1


I have also located the Bishop family in the 1930 Manhattan Census.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: 1570; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 788; Image: 824.0


There is only one photo on this page that is labeled.  I am not positive, but I think the handsome looking gentleman in the suit is Shelton Bishop, Jr.


Apparently this photo was taken while she was a junior at Barnard College. Elizabeth  was a graduate of Barnard College and received her M.D. from the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, in 1949.  Elizabeth passed away last year in February.  There was an article about her death in Harlem World Magazine.


It took me a while to find an actual obituary for her, I guess because she used different names. I also found notes of condolences. I now know that she has descendants so hopefully I will be able to make contact.
TRUSSELL , ELIZABETH DAVIS--Elizabeth Davis, professionally known as Elizabeth B. Davis, MD died on February 1, 2010 at the age of 89. She was professor emerita of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and was the founder of the Department of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center which she directed for 17 years. She was the daughter and granddaughter of two rectors of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in New York City. She became the widow of Ray E. Trussell, MD of New York City after 32 years of marriage. She is survived by a brother Shelton Hale Bishop, Jr., a daughter Liberty M. Rashad, three grandsons, six great-grandchildren, one nephew, two stepdaughters Margaret Hardy and Susan Stedman, their families and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at St. Philip's Church, 204 West 134th Street, NYC. Viewing at 10am, service at 11am. In lieu of flowers, we are requesting that donations be made to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in her name.
New York Times, The (NY) Date: February 4, 2010 
Edition: Late Edition - Final
Page: 18
Record Number: 2010-02-04-360471
Copyright 2010, The New York Times Company 
TRUSSELL , ELIZABETH DAVISTRUSSELL--Elizabeth Davis, MD. The entire Beth Israel Medical Center family acknowledges with sadness the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, Elizabeth Davis Trussell, MD, an honorary member of the Beth Israel Board of Trustees and widow of the former head of Beth Israel, Ray E. Trussell, MD. Elizabeth was a distinguished member of the medical profession, serving for 16 years as Chairperson for the Department of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital as well as serving on the teaching faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She continued to remain involved at Beth Israel up until her death. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. To her daughter, Liberty, the entire Trussell family and all of her loved ones, we extend heartfelt condolences. Lawrence S. Huntington Chairman, Board of Trustees Harris M. Nagler, MD Interim President Robert G. Newman, MD President Emeritus Louise M. Klebanoff, MD President, Medical Board.
New York Times, The (NY) 
Date: February 3, 2010
Edition: Late Edition - Final
Page: 20
Record Number: 2010-02-03-360011
Copyright 2010, The New York Times Company 

TRUSSELL , ELIZABETH DAVISTRUSSELL--Elizabeth Davis, MD. On behalf of three generations of our family that had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Beth, we express our great sadness at her passing. She and her late husband Ray will always be remembered with profound admiration, gratitude and love. Our deepest sympathies to Beth's family and to her many friends and colleagues. Bob and Seiko Newman.
New York Times, The (NY) 
Date: February 3, 2010
Edition: Late Edition - Final
Page: 20
Record Number: 2010-02-03-360022
Copyright 2010, The New York Times Company

TRUSSELL , ELIZABETH DAVISTRUSSELL--Elizabeth Davis, M.D. The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine mourn the loss of our distinguished colleague, Elizabeth Davis, MD. A pioneering psychiatrist, she served the community of Harlem for many, many years as a gentle, caring psychiatrist and long time Chair of Psychiatry at Harlem Hospital. Respected by all her colleagues for her expertise and her values, she had great influence in community psychiatry and psychoanalysis. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her family. Eric R. Marcus, M.D. Director CU Psychoanalytic Center Jules Kerman, M.D., Ph.D. President, APM.
New York Times, The (NY) 
Date: February 4, 2010
Edition: Late Edition - Final
Page: 18
Record Number: 2010-02-04-360482
Copyright 2010, The New York Times Company 


I was also able to find some magazine articles about Dr. Elizabeth Bishop Davis reporting on her success as well as her marriage.









There are also a couple of articles about her in the Columbia University Journal. Once you are there just run a search using the term "Trussell".

What an outstanding member of society this woman was.

1 comment:

  1. I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Davis Trussell in her later years and she was as full of passion and professional care and spiritual generosity as in her earlier years. She supported me and my late partner, Sen. Chuck Allen, III in our quest for a same sex blessing at historic St. Philip's. As the daughter and grand daughter of the late Shelton and Hale Bishop it was amazing that this woman in her 80's stood up for a black gay couple she barely knew. She supported me when my partner was diagnosed with cancer, she supported me professionally as I worked for the Weston United organization where she was a board member and she supported me when my late partner and myself sought to adopt two boys. She used her influence as a noted psychiatrist to get care for the older boy who was suffering from major depression. I cherish the dishes she bought for Chuck and myself for our same sex blessing ceremony at her families church of St. Philips where I continue to be a member.

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