American Otological Society has a rich and relatively well documented history
which goes back more than a century and a quarter. The inaugural meeting was
held in the Ocean House, Newport Rhode Island, on July 22, 1868 when 9 members
of the American Ophthalmological Society (founded 1864) met to organize a society
focused upon "aural" medicine.
Founding Members of the American Otological Society.
C.R. Agnew - New York
F.J. Bumstead - New York
John Green - St. Louis
H. D. Noyes - New York
O.D. Pomeroy - New York
C.E. Rider - Rochester
C.A. Robertson - Albany
D.B. St. John Roosa - New York
E. Williams - Cincinnatti
The first elected president of the AOS was Dr. E. Williams.
Annual Meetings: Since its inception the society has met annually, except
for three years. The meeting was cancelled in 1877 due to lack of a quorum (railroad
strike). No meetings were held in 1943 and 1945 due to war time transportation
Meeting Locations: For many years the American Otological and Ophthalmological
Societies in the same location on subsequent days. The first eight meetings
were held in Newport, Rhode Island and thereafter in a number of east coast
cities (particularly Atlantic City, New York, Washington D.C., Boston,
Phildelphia, and New London Conn.)
Between 1885 and 1902 the Society met 13 times in New London, Conn. The Society
met in Canada six times: 1915 (Niagra Falls), 1926 (Montreal), Toronto (1935,
1952), and Montebello, Quebec (1956, 1967). The first west meeting was held in
San Francisco in 1950. The Society has met off of the North American Continent
only twice: San Juan , Puerto Rico in 1966 and Wiakoloa, Hawaii in 1991.
Membership: During the first century of the society, the active
membership remained around 100, reaching a peak of 119 members in 1944.
In recent years a modest growth has taken place and by 1992 there were
135 active members.
Annual awards: Since 1949, the society has granted two annual awards --
" The Award of Merit" and "Guest of Honor"
Publications: There are currently two publications on the history of the
* Centennial History of the American Otological Society, Inc 1898-1968
* History of the American Otological Society, Inc 1898-1993
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History of the society - 1868 - 1968
History of the society - 1868 - 1993
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