In honor of Veterans Day, our Tuberculosis Thursday feature is John Baxter Black. Black served in various roles with the French and American armies in World War I after attending Princeton University. He contracted intestinal tuberculosis after attending the French Artillery School, and was sent home to recover in May of 1918. He came to Saranac Lake and stayed for five years, renting three different houses.
By 1923, he was feeling recovered, and went to Montreal for a final corrective surgery. Unfortunately, Black died of complications from the surgery on May 16 of that year.
His family dedicated the expansion of the Saranac Laboratory, including the John Black Room, in his memory. This portrait of Black hangs in the room today.
There are many Saranac Lakers who served in our military throughout history. Learn about them on our wiki: https://localwiki.org/hsl/Veterans
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