Frederick C. Rehfeldt
1957, Washington DC
Frederick C. Rehfeldt was born in Jackson, Mississippi on July 1, 1915. His father was a physician. He attended the Millsap College between 1932 and 1936. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in 1941. His house officer training was at the Tulane Unit of Charity Hospital and at the Ochsner Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Rehfeldt served on active duty in the United States Navy Reserves during World War II and he rose to the rank of lieutenant commander. He became chief of the Division of Neurology and Psychiatry at the United States Navy Mobile Hospital #9 in Oran, Algiers and then became chief of the Division of Neurology and Psychiatry for the Mediterranean Theatre. He received the Secretary of the Navy Commendation for action at Gela and Salerno. He later was transferred to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Rehfeldt became a founding member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The founders learned that it was important to prepare a critique of the prior meeting and to prepare an annual meeting manual in great detail. The founders also discovered the importance of audiovisual teams. Dr. Rehfeldt was president of the Congress in 1957, when a very successful meeting was held in Washington, DC. Dr. Rehfeldt was chief of staff of the Harris Hospital between 1955 and 1960. He was president of the Tulane Medical Alumni in Texas and became director of the Carter Blood Center. He became chairman of the board of the Orme School in Mayer, Arizona and was chairman of the board of Justin Industries. He was elected a member of the Fort Worth City Council and served between 1969 and 1971. He was chairman of the Texas Board of Human Resources. He was a director of the Continental National Bank. He became a charter member of the American Academy of Medical Directors and has been a member of the Southwest Historical Society. He owns, exhibits, and rides quarter horses and collects clipper ship models. Dr. Rehfeldt married Ethel Evan Bennett on June 24, 1942. The Rehfeldts have a daughter Ethel Rehfeldt DeMarr and a son, Frederick A. Rehfeldt.