Biography of Dr. Olin G. A. Barker
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

OLIN G. A. BARKER, M. D., of Pittsburg, Pa., specialist on the disease of the eye, was born in Ebensburg, Cambria Co., Pa., Jan. 14, 1872, son of Florentine H. and Margaret (Zahm) Barker, his father being a native of Lovell, Me., who came to Cambria county in 1857, and is engaged in the mercantile business at Ebensburg. He was educated in the graded and high schools of his native town, graduating from the latter institution in 1890, and one year later entered Lafayette college, where he was graduated in 1895, with the degree of bachelor of philosophy and in 1899 his alma mater bestowed on him the degree of master of science. He matriculated in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1895, and was graduated from that famous institution in 1898. He was resident physician in the State hospital at Ashland, Pa., for one year, when he went to Europe and took special courses on the diseases of the eye. He attended lectures at Berlin, Vienna and London, and devoted two years to the study of his specialty. In 1901 he returned to Pittsburg, and since has practiced with much success, his entire time being given to diseases of the eye, his office being at Nos. 1114-1117 Westinghouse building; hours, 9 a. m. to 2 p. m. He is a member of the dispensary staff of Mercy hospital and of the staff of Pittsburg free dispensary. He is also a member of the Allegheny county, the Pennsylvania State and the American medical associations, the American academy of medicine, and of the Monongahela club. He is prominently identified with the Masonic fraternity, being a thirty second degree Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine. Dr. Barker is a member of the East Liberty Presbyterian church. The great great grandfather of Dr. Barker was John Barker, born in 1742, who, with a brother, served in the Revolutionary war, and was specially mentioned for gallant conduct at the battle of Bunker Hill. Dr. Barker's father served two years in the Civil war as a member of the 209th Pennsylvania volunteers, and upheld the record of his ancestors for gallant and meritorious services. Richard Barker, who was one of the original settlers of Andover, Mass., and who received the first land title issued by that town (1643), was the head of the Barker family in America, and from him Dr. Barker is descended.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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