Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Dr. Dean S. Woodard, engaged in the practice of medicine at Watsonville, comes from a family of physicians and by his professional achievements is worthily sustaining the traditions of an honored name. He was born April 2, 1886, in Hamilton county, Nebraska, and was graduated from the Aurora high school, afterward completing a course in Bellevue College near Omaha. He taught school for three years and then entered the University of Nebraska, which he attended for a period of three years. Following the example of his father and brother, who had qualified for the medical profession, Dr. Woodard became a student at the University of St. Louis, Missouri, and in January, 1914, received from that institution the M. D. degree.

For a few months he was resident physician at Mt. St. Rose's Hospital in St. Louis but on the 20th of June, 1914, arrived in Watsonville. He had no friends in the city to aid him in securing a foothold in his profession, but time has proven his worth and he now enjoys a large practice. He has a suite of rooms in the Stoesser building, which was completed in 1924 and is one of the most modern and imposing structures in the city. His offices comprise a reception room, a consulting room, an operating room and an X-ray laboratory, and in equipment and appointments are unequaled by those of any other physician in Santa Cruz county. Dr. Woodard is learned in the science of his profession and correctly applies his knowledge to the needs of his patients. Courteous, kindly in manner, quiet and self-contained, he inspires confidence in those to whom he ministers and has been very successful in treating the cases intrusted to his care.

On August 7, 1912, Dr. Woodard married Miss Marie Allen, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a daughter of C. S. Allen, an attorney by profession. Her father was one of the regents of the University of Nebraska and was long numbered among the most prominent men of that state, but is now living in San Jose, California, where he is serving as president of the board of education. To Dr. and Mrs. Woodard has been born a son, Richard, a native of Watsonville.

Dr. Woodard is a member of Konockto Tribe, No. 128, of the Improved Order of Red Men, and is also an Elk, belonging to Watsonville Lodge, No. 1300. He has been honored with the presidency of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society, which office he is now filling, and is also affiliated with the California State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. A constant student, he keeps in close touch with the achievements of research along medical and surgical lines, and his professional colleagues as well as the general public entertain for him high regard.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.