Dr. E. Reed


DR. ERNEST REED HIRST was born in Camden NJ in 1891 to Levi B. Hirst and his wife, the former Annisteen Reed. The family lived at 592 Federal Street, the corner of Federal Street and Haddon Avenue, where his father owned a pharmacy. Levi B. Hirst was studying medicine at the time and in 1894 received his doctorate from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. By 1906 Dr. Levi B. Hirst had moved his family to 586 Federal Street, where he practiced medicine. He kept his pharmacy through at least 1906.

E. Reed Hirst graduated from Camden Manual Training and High School in 1912. Following in his fathers footsteps, he went into medicine, graduating from Jefferson Medical College in 1918. He interned at Cooper Hospital. He, like his father, specialized in otolaryngology. He was affiliated with both Cooper Hospital in Camden and Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital in Riverside NJ. His practiced medicine with his father, first at 586 Federal Street, and in the late 1920s and 1930s, at 634 Federal Street.

Dr. E. Reed Hirst married Magdalena Winter. The couple had two children, Annasteen A. and E. Reed Hirst Jr. The 1924 City Directory shows the Hirst family at 1422 Belleview Avenue in Parkside. By 1929 Dr. Hirst and his family had left Camden for Haddonfield. He continued to practice medicine with his father at 634 Federal Street. Dr. Levi B. Hirst died in 1935. Dr. E. Reed Hirst passed away in 1944.

Dr. E. Reed Hirst was a member of the Camden County Medical Society, the Camden City Medical Society, as well as being a member of the American Medical Association.

Camden Courier-Post - February 28, 1938
Diabetes and Mental Hygiene Subjects for Public Relations Meeting

Diabetes and mental hygiene in their relation to public health will be discussed authoritatively at the annual public relations meeting and tea of the Auxiliary to the Camden County Medical Society to be held tomorrow afternoon in the Camden Woman's Club, 424-26 Linden street.

A discourse on diabetes will be presented by Dr. Alexander Ellis, of this city, who is a member of the Cooper Hospital staff, in charge of the out-patients diabetic clinic.
"The Basic Principles of Mental Hygiene" is the topic which has been announced for a second speaker, Dr. Camilla M. Anderson, secretary of the Mental Hygiene Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Charities Association.

Dr. Anderson covers the entire state of Pennsylvania. She is the psychiatrist in charge of the women's division in the Pittsburgh City Hospital and the Allegheny County Hospital. She is assistant professor of nursing at Duquesne University and a special lecturer on mental hygiene in the department of nursing education at the University of Pennsylvania. "Emotional Hygiene, the Art of Understanding" is the title of a book which was written by Dr. Anderson during the past year and which recently has been published.

Mrs. Orris W. Saunders, of this city, is hospitality chairman for the day. Mrs. Arthur J. Casselman, of this city, and Mrs. E. Reed Hirst, of Haddonfleld, will pour and those assisting will be Mrs. William Braun, Mrs. Penrose Thompson, Mrs. A. Lincoln Sherk, of Merchantville; Mrs. Kenneth B. MacAlpine, of Gloucester; Mrs. Kenneth Athey and Mrs. Alfred M. Elwell, of this city.

The Auxiliary has planned a fashion show to be followed by cards for Monday evening, March 7, in the Hotel Walt Whitman. Mrs. H. Wesley Jack, of Haddonfield, is general chairman for the affair.

Mrs. Oswald R. Carlander, of Merchantville, is president of the Auxiliary.