Arthur H. Parmelee

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Arthur Hawley Parmelee
Born (1883-09-25)September 25, 1883
Redfield, South Dakota
Died June 5, 1961(1961-06-05) (aged 77)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death cerebral hemorrhage
Nationality American
Occupation Mailman
Football coach
Employer US Postal Service
Miami University
Rush Medical College
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
USC College of Medicine

Arthur Hawley Parmelee (September 25, 1883 – June 5, 1961) was an American physician and football coach.

Early life[edit]

Parmelee was born on September 25, 1883 in Redfield, South Dakota. In 1891, he moved with his family to West Salem, Wisconsin where he graduated from West Salem High School in 1900. After a year working as a mail carrier he entered Beloit College where he received his bachelor's degree in 1905. While at Beloit he played left tackle on the football team.[1]

College coach[edit]

Arthur H. Parmelee
Sport(s) Football
Playing career
early 1900s Beloit
Position(s) Left tackle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1906 Miami (OH)
Head coaching record
Overall 1–5–1

After graduation Parmelee took a position at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami he served both as the General Secretary of the campus Y.M.C.A and head football coach.[1] In 1906, his only season as football coach he completed a 1–5–1 record. After a 16–0 victory over Georgetown College in the first game, Parmelee’s team did not score again the rest of the season losing the rest of the games except a 0–0 tie with arch-rival Cincinnati.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami Redskins (Independent) (1906)
1906 Miami 1–5–1
Miami: 1–5–1
Total: 1–5–1

Medical career[edit]

In 1907 Parmelle entered Rush Medical College, where he graduated in 1911. He served internship at Kansas City General Hospital and then became an assistant to Dr. John Cross in Minneapolis. In 1913 he moved to Oak Park, Illinois to open a practice where he specialized in pediatrics. Eventually he would also take a position the pediatric department at Rush Medical College. In 1924 he departed for Vienna, Austria to study with Clemens von Pirquet,[1] at the time the leading pediatrician in Europe, He would return to Vienna for additional study in 1931 and 1932. In 1947 he left his private practice and resigned from the pediatric department at Rush. He moved to Los Angeles and became a member of the Staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In addition he was a Pediatric Consultant to the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health of the California State Department of Public Health, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine.[1]

Parmelle had a deep interest in the disorders of the newborn. He published, 44 articles with 24 were directly related to this aspect of pediatrics helping in diagnosis and treatment including early intestinal obstruction, congenital lung cysts, congenital syphilis, congenital goiter, and diaphragmatic hernia. His most significant article was a 1935 article in the American Journal of Diseases of Children titled "The Pathology of Steatorrhea" where he was the first to recognize congenital steatorrhea (cystic fibrosis of the pancreas) as a separate disease unrelated to other steatorrheas, including celiac disease. His work developed into a serious examination of the factors that influence the health of newborn babies. He compiled his observations into a book “Management of the Newborn”. Additionally, he collaborated in several textbooks including "Brennemann's Practice of Pediatrics" and "The Child in Health and Disease."[1]


Parmelle died on June 5, 1961 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the UCLA Medical Center.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Rothman, P. (Feb 1962). "Obituaries, Arthur Hawley Parmelee M. D. (1883-1961), Pioneer Pediatrician to the Newborn" (PDF). American Journal of Diseases of Children. 103 (2): 197–200. 
  2. ^ "Miami 2009 Football Fan Guide". Miami University. Retrieved 2010-07-20.