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Ray Karchmer Daily

Ophthalmologist Ray Karchmer Daily fought to eliminate the subtle barriers that kept others from succeeding, arguing for dormitories for female medical students and free school lunches for needy children. Daily graduated medical school in 1913 and interned in Philadelphia at Women’s Hospital, the only teaching hospital with women’s dormitories, finally finishing her training in Vienna, Austria. Throughout her career, she spoke out on the need for women’s dormitories and internships in medical programs. She opened a joint practice with her husband, Louis Daily, and eventually with their son. In 1928, she was elected to the Houston school board, serving one term as president, followed by a term as president of the Texas School Board Association. There, she promoted special classes for dyslexics and those with other learning disabilities, but her support for federally funded free lunch programs led to anonymous accusations that she was a communist, and she was briefly put under FBI surveillance. Daily was the only woman doctor among the founders of the Houston Academy of Medicine and served as president of the medical staff of Houston Memorial Hospital. With her husband and son, she created books and training films of surgical procedures used by medical schools.

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Ray Karchmer Daily, ophthalmologist.
Courtesy of Elaine Nall Bay
Date of Birth
March 16, 1891
Place of Birth
Vilna, Vilnius
Date of Death
March 7, 1973

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