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GILBERT, William Kent, physician, born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 28 December 1830; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 28 June, 1880. His father, David (1803-'68), was for some years professor of surgery in the medical department of the Universitv of Pennsylvania. The son was graduated at "Pennsylvania college, Gettysburg, in 1849, and at the Pennsylvania medical College in 1852. After some time spent in Europe he became resident physician to the Philadelphia hospital, holding that appointment for two years, He then settled in Philadelphia as a regular practitioner, and continued so until his death. For some time he was consulting physician to the hospital committee of the Philadelphia hospital, and from 1878 till 1881 he held the office of coroner of Philadelphia County. Dr. Gilbert was a member of the College of physicians, of several medical societies, of the Academy of natural sciences, and of the Pennsylvania historical society. He spent many years in malting a collection of books, papers, autograph letters, and manuscripts relating to American medical history, biography, and literature, and at the time of his death left an unpublished work as the result of his researches. -- His brother, David McConaughy, clergyman, born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 4 February, 1836, received his classical and theological education in Pennsylvania College and seminary, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he was graduated in 1857. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1860, and received the degree of D.D. from Roanoke College, Virginia, in 1880. He has been pastor of Lutheran congregations, at Staunton, Virginia, in 1859-'63, Savannah, Georgia, in 1863-'71, again at Staunton, Virginia, in 1871-'3, and at Winchester, Virginia, since April of the latter year. He is a leader in ecclesiastical affairs in the southern Church, and has held various places of honor and trust in the southern Lutheran synods. For the past five years he has been president of the Evangelical Lutheran synod of Virginia. In 1884-'5 he took an active part in the efforts to unite the Lutheran synods in the south on a purely confessional basis, and when, on 25 June, 1886, the united synod in the south was organized, he was chosen its first president. His published works include " The Lutheran Church in Virginia, 1776-1876 " (New Market, Virginia, 1876); "The Praises of the Lord in the Story of our Fathers, a Sketch of the Lutheran Church at Winchester" (1877); "The Synod of Virginia, Its History and Work" (1879); "The Annihilation Theory Briefly Examined" (1879)" and " Muhlenberg's Ministry in Virginia, a Chapter of Colonial Luthero-Episcopal Church History" (1884). Besides these, he has published various articles and sermons, doctrinal and practical.
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