Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915
Wyndham Bolling Blanton (1890-1960), physician and historian, was born in Richmond, Virginia, the son of Charles Armistead Blanton and Elizabeth Brown Wallace Blanton. He received his early education at the Glebe School in Richmond, earned a B.A. at Hampden-Sydney College in 1910, and received an M.A. at the University of Virginia two years later. In 1915 he volunteered to serve in the American Ambulance Corps at the hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. He then returned to New York, received an M.D. in 1916, and began his medical internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. On 1 January 1918 Blanton married Natalie Friend McFaden, who became a civic political activist and a poet. They had three sons and one daughter. After completing his internship, Blanton returned to Richmond and joined the private medical practice of his brother, Howson Wallace Blanton, and his father. He also began a long association with the Medical College of Virginia as chief of laboratory service at the college's hospital. Blanton became an associate in medicine in 1920, assistant professor in 1925, associate professor by the end of the decade, and professor of clinical medicine in 1939. In 1936 he founded the outpatient department's immunology clinic, which had become one of the largest units of the medical school by the time he retired in 1954. He served as president of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Richmond Society of Internal Medicine and as vice president of the Southern Medical Association and the American Academy of Allergy. Blanton also published several articles and books, including books on medicine in Virginia in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. Blanton died in Richmond on 6 January 1960 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
Mary Blanton Easterly Papers, 1877-2006. Accessions 43509 and 44141. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.