Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Painter, Charles, 1869-1947
Charles Painter (1869-1947) was the fourth dean of the School of Medicine and dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts.
Born in 1869, Painter graduated from Williams College, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School. He served as surgical house officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital. While working at the hospital, Painter took an interest in orthopedic surgery, which became the focus of his medical career.
Painter was associated with Tufts from 1897 to 1930, during which time he served in a number of positions in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Department of Medical History. Initially, he taught at both Tufts and Harvard's medical schools, although he eventually focused his attention on instruction at Tufts. In 1913, Painter became dean of both the medical and dental schools at Tufts. He held the joint post until 1917, when he removed himself from the dental school deanship. He retained his medical school post until 1921.Painter remained on the faculty of the medical school for an additional nine years, retiring in 1930. He also served as chief of orthopedic surgery at the Carney Hospital. Painter held the offices of president of the American Orthopedic Association and acting editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He died in 1947.
Source: VF; COE, 59