Stuart William "Tack" Harrington, M.D., M.S.
BornApril 20, 1889
Blossburg, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 1975 (aged 85)
Rochester, Minnesota
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania,
University of Minnesota
Football Coach
EmployerHoward Hospital
Dickinson College
Mayo Clinic
Spouse(s)Gertrude Harrington

Dr. Stuart William “Tack” Harrington (April 20, 1889 - March 1975) was an American physician and surgeon, an All-American football player, and a head football coach.

Early life Edit

Dr Harrington was born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania in 1889. In 1908 he entered Pennsylvania State College as a premedical student. He played one year of varsity football there under Tom Fennell.[1] He then matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania (UPA), where he received the M.D. degree In 1913. While at UPA, he played 3 years of varsity football and was named an All-American halfback in 1912.[1][2]

Medical career Edit

After Medical School, Dr Harrington interned at Howard Hospital in Philadelphia. In November 1914 he became a fellow in surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He earned a Master of Science degree in surgery from the University of Minnesota. In 1920, Harrington became head of a section of surgery at the Mayo Clinic, eventually becoming a full professor.[1]

On the advice of Dr. William Mayo, Dr Harrington changed his subspeciality from gastrointestinal and urologic surgery to thoracic and breast surgery. Eventually Dr Harrington developed an international reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of diaphragmatic hernias and mediastinal tumors. He was honored several times by the American Medical Association for work on chronic postpneumonic empyema, and pericardiectomy for chronic constrictive pericarditis. In 1937, Dr. Harrington was elected the 20th president of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery and in 1948 he helped found the American Board of Surgery.[1]

Harrington wrote 38 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals and lectured extensively.

Football coach Edit

S.W. "Tack" Harrington
Sport(s)College football
Current position
TitleHead Coach
TeamDickinson College
Playing career
1908-1912Penn State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record

In order to supplement his income as a medical intern in Philadelphia, Dr. Harrington served as football coach of the Dickinson College Red Devils in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the 1913-1914 football seasons.[1] He was the 13th head football coach of the Red Devils.[3] His overall coaching record at Dickinson was 6 wins, 11 losses, and 0 ties.[4]

Retirement and deathEdit

Dr. Harrington retired from active medical practice in the early 1960s. He and his wife, Gertrude, enjoyed automobile trips around the U.S. until Harrington gradually lost his eyesight. He died in Rochester, MN in 1975 and is buried there.

References Edit

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