Edgar Hull

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Edgar Hull, Jr.​

(Physician and administrator of Louisiana State University Medical Center and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans and LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport)

Born February 20, 1904​
Jackson County
Mississippi, USA

Resided in New Orleans and later Shreveport, Louisiana

Died October 25, 1984 (aged 80) ​
Pascagoula, Mississippi​

Resting place:
Greenwood Cemetery in Pascagoula

Spouse (1) Louise Parham Hull (married 1930-1937, her death)​

(2) Mallory Page Hull (married 1937-1984, his death)​
From first marriage:
Dr. Alice Louise Hull (possible married name missing)
From second marriage:
Dr. Edgar Warren Hull
Edgar, Sr., and Alice Christine Rourke Hull
Alma mater:
Louisiana State University
Tulane University School of Medicine​

Religion Roman Catholic

Edgar Hull, Jr. (February 20, 1904 – October 24, 1984), was a physician and surgeon who in 1931 was a founding faculty member of the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1] In 1966, Hull became the first dean of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport).[1]

In retirement, Hull contradicted the historian T. Harry Williams' account of the assassination and death of Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Pierce Long, Jr.[1]


Hull was born in Pascagoula in Jackson County in southern Mississippi, the son of Edgar Hull, Sr., and the former Alice Christine Rourke. He graduated from Pascagoula High School and studied pre-medicine in the early 1920s at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In between those years, he was a temporary schoolteacher at Bayou Cassotte in Jackson County, Mississippi. From 1923 to 1927, Hull attended the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, from which he received his medical credentials. Hull then interned at the 108-bed Highland Sanitarium in Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana. He stayed there for only six months before launching a private practice from 1929 to 1931 in rural Pleasant Hill in Sabine Parish in western Louisiana.[1]

In 1930, Hull married the former Louise Parham (1907-1937), a native of Fannin County, Texas, and the daughter of Ortha James and Minnie Alice Craig Parham of Shreveport. She died at the age of thirty from falling down the steps at her New Orleans home while she was entertaining guests. She is interred at Forest Park East Cemetery​ in Shreveport.​[2]

Medical School pioneer

​ On October 7, 1931, Hull returned to New Orleans and became one of the founding staff and faculty at the new LSU Medical Center, affiliated with Charity Hospital. In 1944, Hull was a Markle Fellow to Costa Rica and Guatemala. From 1950 to1951, he was a Fulbright to the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy. In 1958, he was a consultant to Taiwan. He also performed consulting work in New Orleans at Touro Infirmary and Baptist Hospital. Shortly after Louise's death, he married the former Mallory Page Warren (1904–1986).[1] Hull was acting head of the LSU School of Medicine in 1939 and chief administrator from 1940–1954 and 1960-1966. In between from 1954–1960, he was the medical school associate dean.[1]

Hull was a pioneer in electrocardiography and a master of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American College of Cardiology, and the Catholic Physicians Guild. In 1966, he returned after many years to Shreveport to head the new LSU School of Medicine, which opened in 1969 partly in the facility of the former Confederate Memorial Medical Center. He worked to obtain national accreditation for what was only the second public medical school in Louisiana. He was the dean of the Shreveport campus from 1966–1973, when he retired at the age of sixty-nine to Pascagoula.[1]​ ​

Rembrance of Huey Long assassination

Hull reserved his comments on Huey Long's demise until after 1981, when the LSU Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary. His public recollections are incorporated in his 1983 memoirs entitled This I Remember: An Informal History of the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. Unlike the LSU historian T. Harry Williams, Hull claimed that after the shooting Long probably could not have been saved by any medical treatment. Moreover, Hull denied that Long died from medical or surgical incompetence.[1] Hull also criticized his own conduct in the 1935 events surrounding Long's passing at the age of forty-two. Hull had called for an autopsy of the senator but did not push this strongly enough.[1]​ ​

Death and legacy

​Hull died at the age of eighty in Pascagoula and is interred there at Greenwood Cemetery.[1][3]​ ​ Hull and his second wife, Mallory Page Warren (1904-1986), had one son, the physician Edgar Warren Hull (born 1940). A 1965 graduate of Yale University Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut, he is a hematologist and oncologist who practices in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and several other locations including the state capital of Jackson.[4] The second Dr. Hull was married to the former Ellen Ann Smith (1940-2018), a native of Frederick, Maryland, and a former nurse at Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore.[5]

With his first wife, Hull had a daughter, Alice Louise (born 1936), who was one year old at the time of her mother's death. She graduated in 1962 from the LSU School of Medicine.[6]

Hull and his second wife, Mallory, who outlived him by two years, are interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Pascagoula, Mississippi.[7]

Dr. Hull is remembered through the Edgar Hull Society, founded in 1999 at the LSU School of Medicine to promote the study of internal medicine. The society was founded by a student, Shamita Shah.[8]​ ​


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Hull, Edgar. Louisiana Historical Association: A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved on October 25, 2019.
  2. Louise Parham Hull. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2019.
  3. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography bases its sketch of Dr. Hull on his memoirs; Directory of Medical Specialists, XIII (1968-1969); Louisiana's Family Doctor, XIII (1966), 18-21; American Men and Women of Science, 13th ed., III (1976); The New Orleans Times-Picayune, obituary, October 27, 1984; and Orleans Parish Medical Society Bulletin (December 1984). Hull's public comments on Long's death were carried in L.S.U. Medical Alumni News (Fall 1983); the Times-Picayune carried a report on Hull, December 20, 1983; the Associated Press followed suit on December 21, 1983, with a Shreveport dateline.
  4. Dr. Edgar Warren Hull. Medicinenet.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2019.
  5. Ellen Hull obituary. The New Orleans Times-Picayune (August 15, 2018). Retrieved on October 26, 2019.
  6. Russell C. Klein and Victoria Barreto Harkin (2010). A History of LSU School of Medicine New Orleans. ISBN 1-4520-3094-4. 
  7. Dr. Edgar Hull. Findagrave.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2019.
  8. The Edgar Hull Society. medschool.suhsc.edu. Retrieved on October 26, 2019.

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