William B. McKeon, M. D.
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

WILLIAM B. McKEON, M. D., a graduate of Albany Medical College, class of 1915, had two years of hospital experience and was beginning private practice when the war with Germany drew him into the service of his country, his service beginning August 6, 1917, and ending with honorable discharge and the rank of major, June 13, 1919. Thus nearly two years of service was rendered in the United States, France and Germany as regimental surgeon and in active battle sectors with the American Expeditionary Forces, and with the Army of Occupation in Germany after the signing of the armistice. With that experience he located in Troy, where he has gained high reputation among the young men of his profession as a physician and surgeon of ability and skill. Dr. McKeon is a native son of Troy, his parents being William E. and Elizabeth (Molone) McKeon; his father residing in that city, his mother passing away on June 30, 1910.

William B. McKeon was born in Troy, New York, March 13, 1892, and there obtained his preparatory education in St. Joseph's Parochial School, finishing with graduation. He then tutored for two years in Chemistry at St. Joseph's Seminary preparatory to entering Albany Medical College (Union University) where he completed the courses and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, class of 1915. From Albany Medical College he went for post-graduate study to Lyingin Hospital, New York City, thence to Troy Hospital, as interne, going from that hospital to service in the Medical Corps of the United States Army, his country then being at war with Germany.

The foregoing account must not be construed as having been merely a matter of acquiring a professional education, for it meant in addition paying for it as well, for the young man absolutely financed his education, beginning in boyhood as a newsboy. In college his pen largely supported him, he acting as correspondent and writer for Troy newspapers during his entire term. He was also editor of "The Skull," the "Albany Medical College Journal," was president of his class, class historian, and class poet. He was also interested in athletics, excelling in baseball, swimming, having saved seventeen lives at Lake Placid, boxing and rowing, sports which yet attract him in spite of professional duties that prevent his indulging in them as he would like.

Dr. McKeon was commissioned a captain in the United States Army Medical Corps on August 6, 1917, and later was promoted to the rank of major. He was assigned to duty as surgeon of the 24th Regiment of Engineers of the American Expeditionary Forces, and was with his regiment at Aisne-Marne, where he was gassed in action; St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives in France. He was stationed in the Verdun and Toul sectors with the 24th Regiment, and after the signing of the armistice was for five months stationed in Germany. He was then returned to the United States and honorably discharged on June 13, 1919. He then returned to Troy and began the upbuilding of a professional practice, his success having been most gratifying to his many friends in the city of his birth.

Dr. McKeon is surgeon for the Hudson River Navigation Company, is a member of the Surgical Staff of Troy Hospital and of St. Joseph's Lying-in Hospital, of Troy, is examiner for the United States Veterans' Bureau of the second district of Rensselaer County, and has a large private practice. He is a member of Noble-Callahan Post, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; contributing editor to the "Medical Quip," a New York medical journal specializing in obstetrical work; a member of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society, American Medical Association, the Troy Club, Omega Epsilon Phi fraternity, St. Joseph's Club, and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. In politics he is a Democrat, and was nominated for coroner of Rensselaer County on the Democratic ticket for 1923.

Dr. McKeon married, in Troy, June 15, 1920, Annie L. Mahoney, daughter of William H. and Anna (Doyle) Mahoney, both of Troy, the father deceased.

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