William Scholl

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William M. Scholl
Born (1882-06-22)June 22, 1882
La Porte, Indiana
Died March 29, 1968(1968-03-29) (aged 85)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Medical Doctor

William M. Scholl (1882–March 30, 1968) was a pioneer of foot care and the founder of Dr. Scholl's, a brand of foot care products.

William Scholl was born in La Porte, Indiana as one of 13 children. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago. During his studies, while working in a shoe store in the evenings, he became interested in podiatry.[1] In 1904[2] he invented and patented an arch support and founded the company Dr. Scholl's to sell it.[1] He was joined by his brother Frank who directed the company's overseas business, establishing Scholl Manufacturing Company, Ltd. in London in 1910.[2]

Scholl graduated from the Chicago Medical School in 1922. He went on to develop more than 1,000 foot aids.[1] These included a silver clip designed in 1946 to treat ingrown toenails. While too soft to have much of a corrective effect and difficult to apply, it inspired later steel clip designs.[3]

Scholl practiced medicine in Chicago from 1905 until 1946 while also directing his company. He continued to serve as the company's President and chief executive officer until March 1968, when he was elected Chairman of the Board. He worked in that capacity until his death.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Dr. Scholl dead; Foot Care Expert". The New York Times. March 30, 1968. p. 33. 
  2. ^ a b "Frank Scholl, Built Foot-Care Company". The New York Times. February 16, 1967. p. 39. 
  3. ^ Grünewald, Klaus (2007). Theorie der medizinischen Fußbehandlung (in German) 2. Verlag Neuer Merkur. p. 48. ISBN 9783937346342. 

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