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William Bruce Catto, M. D. Among the men who have risen to prominence in the Oklahoma medical fraternity in recent years, Dr. William Bruce Catto, of El Reno, should be given mention. A physician by inheritance, comprehensive training and inherent talents, he has steadily risen in the profession of his choice, and although still a young man has accomplished achievements that many men gain only after years of devoted effort.
Doctor Catto was born at Warrensburg, Illinois, May 28, 1882, and is a son of Dr. William and Florence M. (Nightingale) Catto, the former a native of Scotland and the latter of England. As a young man, Dr. William M. Catto was taken by his parents to Canada, where he was educated for the profession of medicine, being graduated from the medical college at Toronto. Following this he came to the United States and took hospital work at New York, but soon moved to Illinois, locating first at Warrensburg and subsequently removing to Decatur. He was very successful in his calling, ami would have undoubtedly made a noted name for himself, but was not allowed to enjoy the fullest measure of success, for he met his death in a railroad accident when but fifty years of age. Mrs. Catto, who survives him, is the mother of two sons: William Bruce and Keith Angus.
William Bruce Catto was a child when taken by his parents to Decatur, and there his early educational training was secured in the public schools. This was supplemented by a course at Bunker Hill Military Academy, following his graduation from which he entered Leland Stanford, Jr., University. Doctor Catto then took up the study of medicine in the medical department of the University of Louisville, at Louisville, Kentucky, from which he was duly graduated with his degree of Doctor of Medicine. He first engaged in practice at Stedham, Oklahoma, and later, for one year, was surgeon of AH Saints Hospital, at McAlester, this state, but in 1909 took up his permanent residence at El Reno, and this city has continued to be his home and the scene of his labors to the present. Here he has attracted to himself a large and representative practice, and his undoubted talents have gained him not only material success, but a high and established reputation in his profession. He is a member of the Canadian County Medical Society, the Oklahoma State Medical Society and the American Medical Association, as well as the Southwestern Medical Association. When he left college he did not give up his studies, for he has ever been careful to keep himself fully informed as to the discoveries made in medical science, and has done post-graduate work at the Physicians and Surgeons Medical College, at Chicago.
Fraternally, Doctor Catto is a Master Mason and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In his political views he is a democrat, but his profession has engrossed him to the exclusion of more than a good citizen’s interest in public matters. Doctor Catto is a communicant and supporter of the Episcopal Church.