Biography of Dr. Vanderpoel Adriance

DR. VANDERPOEL ADRIANCE – The enormously increased demand for medical personnel of high character, especially well-trained physicians, and the vital importance of securing an adequate number of such men, caused the United States Government, during the World War, to enter into temporary contracts with leading physicians all over the country to secure their exclusive services. One of the surgeons who thus found himself incorporated in the vast machinery which was to lead the American and Allied forces to victory over a stubborn and redoubtable foe was Dr. Vanderpoel Adriance, a practicing surgeon of Williamstown.

A native of New York City, born May 13, 1869, a son of John Adriance, a lawyer, and Lucy Whitman (Sabin) Adriance. Dr. Adriance received his first education in the public schools of Williamstown, and then entered the Greylock Institute of South Williamstown, graduating from there in 1886. He afterwards attended Williams College, and in 1890 took the Bachelor of Arts degree from that institution. Having passed all his preliminary studies he began his professional preparation by matriculating as a student of the famous College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, which is the Medical Department of Columbia University, taking his professional degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1893. From 1896 to 1907 he practiced in New York City, and from 1908 to 1924 in Williamstown, where he also holds the position of trustee of the Williamstown Savings Bank. In politics Dr. Adriance is a member of the Republican party, but has never had time or inclination to aspire to political offices. In religion he is a member and attendant of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown. He is a trustee of the Berkshire County School for Crippled and Deformed Children; chairman of the Athletic Council of Williams College, and is one of the incorporators of the Sharon Sanitarium. During the World War, Dr. Adriance acted as one of the contract surgeons attached to the United States Army. His fraternal and other associations include membership in the Williamstown Masonic Lodge, of the Free and Accepted Masons; the Greek Letter College Fraternity, Chi Psi, of Williams College; the University Club of New York City; the New York Academy of Medicine; the State and County Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

On April 20, 1908, he married Mary Kellogg Tillinghast. Their sons are: Bryan Tillinghast Adriance and Vanderpoel Adriance, Jr.


Lockwood, John H. (John Hoyt); Bagg, Ernest Newton; Carson, Walter S. (Walter Scott); Riley, Herbert E. (Herbert Elihu); Boltwood, Edward; Clark, Will L. (Will Leach); Western Massachusetts A History 1636-1925; New York and Chicago: Lewis historical publishing company, inc., 1926

1 thought on “Biography of Dr. Vanderpoel Adriance”

  1. Although I obviously never knew Dr. Adriance he was a 2nd cousin of mine. I’ve discovered him through my research of of other New York City family members to include the Andriance/Reyerszen, Kenyons, Giffing, Sickles, Barnes, Van Wycks, Bownes, Winthrop, etc. I feel blessed to share DNA with great human beings such as these people.
    Sherri Reaume

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