Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Wheatley, Frank George, 1851-1926
Frank George Wheatley (1851-1926) served as fifth dean of the Tufts College Medical School, 1921-22, and as Professor of Pharmacology, Therapeutics, and Materia Medica. He was one of the original seven faculty members of the school, guiding its development and its students.
Born in Woodbury, Vermont, on July 6, 1851, Wheatley graduated from Dartmouth College in 1879. Before leaving the college in 1884, he also obtained his masters and medical degrees. Moving to North Abington, Massachusetts, Wheatley soon became active in his new community, serving as an officer in several professional institutions and civic organizations. He held the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the School for the Feeble Minded at Waverly for 20 years. In 1886, Wheatley married Nellie J. Holbrook, with whom he had five sons. A member of both the state's House of Representatives and Senate at the turn of the century, Wheatley continued his medical interests as a lecturer on Materia Medica and Therapeutics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Boston. In 1893, he joined the Tufts Medical School faculty during the school's first year. In 1914, he was appointed vice-dean, assuming the role of dean for one year beginning in 1921.He also taught as Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine of Boston University from 1918-1920. Wheatley was a member of several national and local medical organizations, including the Massachusetts Board of Health. He died at his home in Abington onJune 14, 1926.