DR. GEORGE RUSSELL ATKINSON was born in 1897 in New Jersey. He attended public schools in Camden, and graduated from Camden High School in 1918, in the same graduating class as Carl Kisselman, who would become a prominent lawyer in Camden.
After serving with the United States Army during World War I, G. Russell Atkinson joined the Raymond C. Thoirs Post of the American Legion in Camden. Trained as a dentist, he married his wife Frances around 1921. By 1930 two daughters had been born, Vivian and Frances. A son, George Russell Jr. was born in 1934. The Atkinson family resided at 522 Cooper Street.
In October of 1936, Dr. Atkinson, his wife and son were killed in an automobile accident on Mullica Pike (Route 45) about a mile north of Mullica Hill NJ. The Atkinsons were buried at Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson NJ.
Dr. Atkinson had been a member of Trimble Lodge, No. 117 Free and Accepted Masons. He also was a medical corps Captain with the 112th Field Artillery in the New Jersey National Guard at the time of his death. He also had been past president of the Southern Dental Society, was on the Board of Advisors of the State Dental Clinic in Camden, and was a member of the Interprofessional Association's Camden chapter.
Camden Courier-Post * February 24, 1936
CHAPTER WILL HOLD SESSION
Interprofessional Association to Hold First Meeting Here Thursday Night
Dr. Martin Steinberg, of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Mary Foley Grossman, teacher and economist, will be the principal speakers at the first meeting of the Camden Chapter of the Interprofessional Association, Thursday night, at the Labor Temple, 538 Broadway.
Frisch Fox, of 1267 Magnolia
Avenue, chairman pro tem of the Camden chapter,
said the association is a national organization with chapters functioning in
all the larger cities of the United States, and with national headquarters in
purpose," the chairman said, "is social security. Through
co-operation in professional groups, our object is to help solve this problem
of insecurity which looms greater and
darker than ever before."
Miss Mary Van Kleeck, noted economist, is national chairman of
the association. Francis F. Kane, recipient of the 1935 Bok Award, is chairman
of the Philadelphia chapter.
representatives of the professions in Camden County will attend the first
meeting of the Camden chapter, including Dr. Thomas K. Lewis, Dr.
G. Russell Atkinson and Arthur B.
Gill, it was announced.
Camden Courier-Post - October 26, 1936
|DR. ATKINSON, WIFE, SON KILLED|
Camden Courier-Post - October 27, 1936
|Dr. G. Russell Atkinson||Frances Atkinson||George R. Atkinson Jr.|
Camden Courier-Post * February 1, 1938
Dr. Atkinson and his daughter Francis , his wife and small son were driving in a four door car when the child opened the door in the back seat. All were killed except the daughter. I know a huge number of people drove only two door cars after that...and I think it had a lot to do with safety locks on doors. Several dentists each took the surviving daughters, Vivian and Francis and raised them. Dr. Ludlam was one of them. His son, George, was in our CHS class and also became a dentist. He married Honey Thomas and lived across the street from us in Tavistock Hills.... and George Savitsky a few doors to the left.
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