Rowland Hyde Merrill, died June 7, 1991, Salt Lake City, Utah
He was born January 11, 1904 to Joseph F. Merrill and Annie Laura Hyde. He received early education in the Salt Lake City schools, graduating from high school in 1920, and from the University of Utah with a B.S. Degree in the summer of 1923. He spent the next three years in Germany on a Mission for the LDS Church, returning home in the summer of 1926. He entered Johns Hopkins Medical School in September of 1926, from which he received an M.D. Degree in June, 1930. He served his internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. After two years he was granted a Fellowship by this University to study in various European eye clinics.Dr. Merrill was fortunate to be able to study in the leading European eye clinics under renowned teachers. He spent several months in Munster, Prague, Vienna and London. Contact lenses were now being introduced in Europe. They were made of glass, ground and polished by Karl Zeiss Co. Dr. Merrill learned how to fit them there. Upon returning to Johns Hopkins in the summer of 1933, he was put in charge of the hospital contact lens department. While in Baltimore, he became the first house staff physician to perform an "intra-capsular" extraction of cataract.
After serving one more year in the W.O.I., he accepted a position as Resident Ophthalmologist and instructor of the house staff at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. He continued his work with contact lenses and soon became involved with plastic lenses.
After three years in New York City, he moved to Salt Lake City to establish his practice in Ophthalmology. He soon became connected with the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he was called in 1943 to be head of the Department of Ophthalmology. This position he retained for 25 years or until 1968. He retired from practice in 1978. Dr. Merrill married Margaret E. Cutler in September, 1929.
While in Medical School he was active in the LDS Church. After coming to Salt Lake, he served as counselor in the Ensign Stake Presidency and was a member of the High Council for 27 years.
Dr. and Mrs. Merrill had five children: Rowland, Jr., Wilmer, Margot, Craig and Pamela; 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held, Wednesday, June 12, 1991, 12:00 Noon, in the Monument Park 12th Ward Chapel, 2795 East Crestview Drive. Friends may call Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple and Wednesday, the hour prior to services at the Ward. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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