Philo Oliver Hooper

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Philo Oliver Hooper (1833-1902) was a prominent nineteenth-century Little Rock physician. he is sometimes called the "father" of Arkansas medicine.

Hooper graduated from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. He was a charter member of the Medical Department of the University of Arkansas and its first dean, serving from 1879 to 1886. Hoooper was a founding member of the Arkansas State Medical Association and the first president. He also helped found the Arkansas State Hospital.

Hooper held memberships in the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, the Masons, and the International Order of Odd Fellows. He is buried with his wife at Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock. Hooper Drive is named in his honor.


  • Paulette Walker and Alan Paulson, Historic Pulaski County: Arkansas (Arcadia Publishing, 1999), 30.

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