The family legacy
When Dr. William Roger Levering, 78, a Stroudsburg physician, died on April 22, 1958, it was the first time in 150 years that Monroe County was without a family doctor named Levering.
He had been the last Levering in the family chain to practice medicine. A chain that could trace its history back to the early 1800s.
Dr. Levering, who was known to his patients as “Dr. Bill” was the son of Dr. Rogers J. and Sarah Ann (Keller) Levering of Sciota.
Receiving his early schooling at Fairvew Academy in Brodheadsville, he continue his education, studying medicine. He went on to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1904 and the Medico-Chirurgical College of Philadelphia in 1908.
He began practicing medicine in Stroudsburg with his brother, Dr. Eugene Levering, in 1908, and, according to the 1920 “Pennsylvania Medical Journal,” at an office at 805 Main St.
During those early years Dr. Bill made house calls using a horse and buggy, eventually trading that mode of transportation for an automobile.
He was known for his kind and understanding manner in which he cared for his patients, and, although he had not specialized in obstetrics, he became well known for his skill in delivering babies – many who were named William Roger after the physician who delivered them.
William along with his brother were among the founders of the Monroe County Hospital. When the hospital merged with Monroe County General, he became its first radiologist.
Eugene, also a prominent physician in the county, died Feb. 10, 1932. Although nearly 64 years of age, he would have only celebrated his 16th birthday anniversary on Feb. 29., having been born on that date during a leap year.
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Read Dr. William Levering’s obituary April 23, 1958, Daily Record.