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Bio. of Adolph Joseph Lieber, M. D., ~ son of Joseph & Babette (Friedman) Leiber
Posted by: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (ID *****1616) Date: July 08, 2007 at 05:36:47
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A Narrative History
The People of Iowa
Curator of the
Historical, Memorial and Art Department of Iowa
Volume IV
Chicago and New York

ADOLPH JOSEPH LIEBER, M. D. city health officer of Des Moines, is a highly
skilled physician and surgeon, and a man experienced in his class of work. He
was born at Louisville, Kentucky, April 11, 1865, a son of Joseph and Babette
(Friedman) Lieber, natives of Germany, who were married in the United
States. For many years Joseph Lieber was a general merchant at Louisville, and was
very successful, but both he and the mother are now deceased. They had ten
children, three of whom survive, namely: Mace, who is an attorney of
Louisville, Kentucky; Annie, who is unmarried and lives at Henderson, Kentucky; and
Doctor Lieber. The father was a Mason and a Democrat, and stood very high in
public confidence and esteem.

Doctor Lieber attended the Louisville grammar schools and New York College,
being in the latter for two years. When he left college he went on the New
York World as a reporter, and remained with that newspaper for two years. He
then entered the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, medical
department of Columbia College, for one term, but left it to return to Louisville,
where he entered the Louisville Medical College and was graduated therefrom
March 1, 1889, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter
he went to Henderson, Kentucky, and for the following twenty-three years was
engaged in tthe practice of medicine in that city. Too strict attention to
professional duties caused a breakdown, and he finally went to Rochester,
Minnesota, and was operated on by Dr. Will Mayo in 1912. In 1914 Doctor Lieber
came to Des Moines, but remained inactive for about a year before he reentered
practice. He was appointed assistant health officer of Des Moines, and served
in that capacity for about a year before he took the emergency practice in
the police department, and carried it on for twelve years. At the expiration
of that period of service the mayor appointed him health officer of Des
Moines, April 5, 1925, and he is still serving in that capacity, giving the people
of the city the benefit of his years of experience, his vast knowledge of
sanitation and preventive measures, as well as his regular professional skill.

In 1888 Doctor Lieber married Miss Tillie Saile, born at New York City,
where she received her education, a daughter of Joseph Saile, an eminent
sculptor. Doctor and Mrs.Leiber have a daughter, Ethel, who is unmarried and at
home. She was educated in Saint Mary's School, New York City. In 1920 Doctor
Lieber and his wife adopted John Allen Robb, and he is now attending the public
schools of Des Moines. The family are all Episcopalians. Doctor Lieber
belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Ancient Order of
United Workmen, the Polk County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society
and the American Medical Association. For a number of years he was a member of
the Kentucky State and Ohio Valley Medical Association, and he long served
it as secretary and treasurer. His hobby is hunting, and he enjoys reading
along professional lines. At present he is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps
of the United States Army, and official medical examiner of the Citizens
Military Training Camps. Under President McKinley he was pension examiner at
Henderson, Kentucky. With a most enviable record of continued usefulness and
professional accomplishments behind him Doctor Lieber is giving all of his
time and effort to the work of his office, and is proud of the fact that under
his administration the health of the people of Des Moines has been kept to a
high standard, and that he has been able to keen down any serious epidemic
through preventive measures and modern methods of sanitation.

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