Dr. Chesley M. Martin, a family doctor for the past 44 years in Elgin, Okla., was named general practitioner of the year by the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association at the Annual Clinical Meeting in Dallas on December 1. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Leonard Larson, presented a gold medal and a citation to Dr. Martin. The award is given each year to the physician who typifies the thousands of general practitioners throughout the country who have dedicated their lives to the practice of medicine and who have given exceptional service to their communities. Dr. Martin, who is 70 years of age, becomes the first Oklahoman to be so honored.
Dr. Martin was born on a plantation in South Carolina on June 11, 1889. After completing premedical studies at Wake Forest, N. C., he attended Tulane University Medical School for two years. His final