Donald B. Sweeney
1955, Los Angeles
Dr. Donald B. Sweeney was born on March 17, 1917 in Mason City, Iowa. After receiving a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City in 1940. His house officer training was at Massachusetts General Hospital. He enlisted in the United States Army Medical Corps and served 18 months in the European Theatre as a captain with General Patton's army. He performed neurological surgery while in the Army. Dr. Sweeney then returned to the Massachusetts General Hospital where he completed his neurosurgical training. He then went to the University of Iowa where he took additional training with Dr. Russell Meyers. He was invited to stay on the faculty of the University of Iowa and he remained there until 1953 when he moved to Birmingham, Alabama. He was an adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He practiced neurological surgery in Birmingham for many years. Dr. Sweeney was a founding member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and became the fifth president of the Congress, serving in 1955 when the Congress met in Los Angeles. Dr. Sweeney was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and was a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sweeney and his wife Kathryn had four children. Mary K. Hight lives in Los Angeles; Donald B. Sweeney, Jr., an attorney, lives in Birmingham; Tandy H. Graves lives in Birmingham; and Alma Patricia Sears lives in Montevello, Alabama. Dr. Sweeney died on March 7, 1982. Mrs. Sweeney now spends about 10 months each year in Bay Point, Florida and the other 2 months in Birmingham, Alabama.