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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 6, 2020 02:32 PM
From: Representative Steven R. Malagari and Rep. Todd Stephens
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Honoring the Life and Accomplishments of Dr. Frank Erdman Boston
As a native of Philadelphia and Lansdale, Dr. Frank Erdman Boston was a World War I veteran, military surgeon, community doctor, and founder of the Elm Terrace/Abington Lansdale Hospital and the Volunteer Medical Service Corps’ ambulance corps.
Dr. Boston attended Lincoln University, which was the first degree-granting historically Black college or university in the United States; he subsequently attended Medico-Chirurgical College, a medical school. Upon receiving his formal medical training, Dr. Boston enlisted in the United States Army and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in its Medical Reserve Corps, at which time he was assigned as a medical officer with the 317th Engineers Regiment of the 92nd Division of the American Expeditionary Forces.
The 92nd Division fought valiantly throughout France and participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which was the largest operation of the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. During this time, Dr. Boston treated soldiers under extraordinary combat conditions, such as while under aerial and gas attacks. He was promoted to captain and ended his military service with the rank of major.
After serving in the military, Dr. Boston returned to Philadelphia and then settled in the Lansdale area, where he established the Elm Terrace Hospital, which was later renamed North Penn Hospital and subsequently became part of Abington-Jefferson Health. He also established the First Aid Emergency Squad in Lansdale, which later became the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale.
Dr. Boston was an active volunteer in his local community, serving as the chairman of Health and Safety for the General Nash District of the Boy Scouts of America’s Valley Forge Council and as a member of the Reserve Officers Association of Military Surgeons, the Montgomery County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Boston died on February 8, 1960, at 68 years of age. In honor of Dr. Boston’s accomplishments, Jefferson Health and Abington-Lansdale Hospital, in collaboration with the Borough of Lansdale, will be displaying a mural of him at Lansdale Borough Hall.
Please join me in honoring Dr. Boston’s life, accomplishments, and service to his nation and community.

Introduced as HR1066