Remembering Our Roots - 132 years ago
KCMS's 1st President
Compilation of Stories provided by KCMS Interns
Dr. Gideon A. Weed, better known as Giddy Weed, was an early pioneer for health justice in the western United States, a two-time mayor of Seattle, and served as the first president of the King County Medical Society
During a time of expansion and war, Dr. Gideon Weed and his wife, Dr. Ada M. Weed, traveled west to spread their passion for improving public welfare. Dr. Ada Weed was the first female physician in the state of Oregon.
Opening several private practices, and later merging with a hospital in Washington State, Dr's Weed began paving a road for systemized medicine. Their motivation to continue improving the lives of their local communities eventually lead to Gideon working with colleagues to form the King County Medical Society in 1888 before Washington was even recognized as a state. Dr.'s Weed were both concerned by the amount of false advertising regarding medical products and care. Ada was particularly interested in children's, women's, and public health initiatives.
Dr. Gideon Weed and Dr. Ada M. Weed left a progressive legacy that continues to inspire the actions and contributions of the King County Medical Society we know today. Click the button below to learn more about Dr.'s Gideon and Ada Weed.