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.
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.