Collection contains Dr. Marion Beard's papers, including correspondence, professional papers (published and unpublished), documents regarding the American Red Cross and blood banks. Also included are a casebook of Dr. William Beard and papers belonging to Dr. Samuel Beard. There are also unattributed medical instruments, including pharmaceutical scales and weights, most likely belonging to the elder Beards.
Marion Foree Beard, MD was born November 29, 1905 in Shelby County, KY. He was the son of Dr. Samuel Lowery Beard (1876-1925) who graduated from UofL in 1900, and Jessie Luthania McClure, and the grandson of Dr. William Foree Beard (1835-1913) who graduated from UofL in 1858. Dr. Marion Beard attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating with his MD in 1930. He married Margaret Guthrie Jefferson in December 1930. In 1978 he married Sylvia Manning. He was a member of the Louisville Tuberculosis Society, Jefferson County Medical Society and Kentucky Medical Society. As an internationally known hematologist, he was named Director of the Red Cross Regional Blood Bank in Louisville in 1949. He died March 18, 1983 and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery.