Dr. Gray C. Briggs, a well known Roentgenologist, was born in Burlington, Iowa. June 30, 1882, a son of Dr. Waldo Briggs, who became a noted surgeon of St. Louis. He was born at Bowling Green, Kentucky, July 3, 1856, his parents being William Thompson and Anna (Stubbins) Briggs. He won his professional degree on the completion of a course in the medical department of the University of Nashville, at Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1877 began practice in St. Louis. From 1895 until 1898 he was professor of surgery in Beaumont Medical College and in the latter year accepted the professorship of surgery in the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons, since continuing in this position. He is also superintendent of Jefferson Hospital and is president and dean of the St. Louis College of Physicians and Surgeons. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias. He wedded Nellie Gray, a native of Jamestown, New York, who passed away at the age of forty-five years.
Dr. Gray C. Briggs, their only child, was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and the Central high school, after which he became a student in the University of Chicago and later attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons of St. Louis, from which he was graduated in 1909 with the M. D. degree. Following his graduation he spent the first year at clinical work in the college and then entered upon private practice, in which he continued until 1912. In that year he took up special X-ray work in which he has since engaged and is now widely known as an able Roentgenologist. He keeps in touch with professional thought and progress through his connection with the St. Louis and Missouri State Medical Societies, the American Radiological Society and the American Roentgen Ray Society. From October, 1918, until March 1, 1919, he served in the United States navy with the rank of senior lieutenant.
On the 18th of June, 1919, Dr. Briggs was married in St. Charles, Missouri, to Miss Edith Ingram, a native of St. Louis and a daughter of William and Mary (Holloran) Ingram. Fraternally Dr. Briggs is connected with the Missouri Athletic Association, and Is a member of the Phi Chi fraternity. In politics he maintains an independent course, nor has he ever sought or desired office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and his energies upon his professional interests. He has become an authority in the line of his specialty and has contributed many articles to scientific magazines on X-ray work.