Tracy B. Mallory

Tracy Burr Mallory


Born: 26 October 1896, Boston, Massachusetts

Died: 11 November 1951, Boston, Massachusetts

Academic Degrees

  • Undergrad: Harvard College, 1918
  • MD: Harvard Medical School 1921

Academic Positions

  • 1923 - 1925 Instructor in Bacteriology, Harvard Medical School (with Hans Zinnser) (and studied in England, Austria and Germany)
  • 1925 - 1951 Chief of Pathology and Bacteriology, Massachusetts General Hospital (succeeding James Homer Wright)
  • 1929 - 1930 Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology, Tufts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1930 - 1951 Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School (early on appointed Ben Castleman 1935, and Edward Gall 1936, to the Department and later, Ronald Sniffin, David Freiman, Walter Bauer and others)
  • 1946 - 1949 Chairman of Pathology, Harvard Medical School


  • Peter Bent Brigham and Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Moseley Traveling Fellow in England, Germany and Austria

Selected Career Highlights

  • Major publications on carcinoma of the stomach in situ, CPC surveys of lymphoma (with E.Gall), correlation of gastroscopic and pathological findings in gastritis, infectious/epidemic hepatitis and study of liver biopsies, lower-nephron nephrosis, crush syndrome/shock in the wounded, other war wounds, parathyroid disease (with Castleman) (many of these last are still considered classics).

  • Headed and was editor of the famous Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital's Clinicopathologic Correlations (founded by the Cabot brothers), one of the outstanding teaching exercises of medicine (1935-1951) and continuing to emphasize the significance of pathology in clinical diagnoses.

  • Decoration: Order of the Legion of Merit (Chief of Pathology Section of 15th Medical General Lab, serving in North Africa and Italy); chief consultant in pathology for entire Mediterranean theatre. "The Great Pathologist of the Mediterranean Campaign" was his unofficial title by those that didn't even know his name.

  • Whimsy is a trait that appears in the recollections of many of his friends. A story is told that when Dr. Mallory was in Italy with the army he was shown a pigmented skin tumor from a S. African soldier. Were it a melanoma, the soldier would go home, if not, he would remain. When Colonel Mallory looked at the section, he smiled and said: "When I get sent home, that's the kind of melanoma I want".

  • Assistant Editor/Editorial Board of the American Journal of Pathology (his father, distinguished Harvard pathologist, Frank Burr Mallory, was one of the founders of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists). T.B. Mallory became the President of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists in 1950. He was a Founding Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and later served as its secretary-treasurer. In spite of the severe handicap of a left hemiplegia he presided over the Spring 1951 session in Cleveland with courage and fortitude that remained an inspiration to all who viewed it.

  • The combination of his pale complexion, silvery hair, gentle and mild manner, ascetic mien and whimsical smile might make those who didn't know him suppose that he was frail and anything but an athlete. He played tennis, squash and badminton superbly. While in the Army in Italy, it was largely due to his stimulus that tennis and badminton were organized in his unit; he beat them all.

  • Introduced house-officeship and residents in training making the department not only a service but a teaching department.

  • An unassuming and exceedingly modest individual who held persistently to the principle of the close identity of pathology with the practice of medicine; it was this concept of communion and correlation which he transmitted so effectively to this many students. Remembered is his patience, easy accessibility, sage counsel, whimsical humor, charming conversation and true friendship.

  • Dr. Austin Vickery remembers being in Dr. Mallory's office when a sales representative arrived to demonstrate a new microscope mechanical stage. The salesman was very effusive in his praise for this innovative feature which he excitedly demonstrated to Dr. Mallory. The triumphant sales person then asked Dr. Mallory what he thought of it. Dr. Mallory, who had been quietly observing the proceedings and puffing on his cigarette asked, "Does it come off?"


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