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Harmon & Cornelia Hull

Harmon &
Cornelia Hull


Honored June, 1988

Harmon & Cornelia Hull

Cornelia Hull is compiling a book of her husband's wartime letters home. "Harmon tried to write four or five times a week, so it's a historical document," she told us. During the Second World War, her husband, a physician, served in the China, Burma, India theater. He headed a hospital at Kwei-Lin that was destroyed by the Japanese.

Harmon and Cornelia Hull met in Galveston, Texas, where both were studying medicine. Harmon was born in 1903 in Fairwater, Wisconsin; Cornelia in 1904 in Chautauqua County, New York. They married in 1930. Harmon completed his residency in Richmond, Virginia. They settled in Wisconsin and raised four sons: Pieter, Bruce, Stephen, and Douglas.

Harmon was a general practitioner, a charter member of the Academy of Family Practice. Cornelia, her medical studies sidetracked by the Depression and the war, threw her energies into community work, school board, League of Women Voters, and the Waupan Council on Human Relations. Organized by League members, the Council was a community (as opposed to church) effort on behalf of migrant workers. "We understood," Cornelia says, "that it was the first community project of its kind... in the country."