Dr. Kradwell dedicated his career to the hospital and has the longest history of service with the hospital (60 years) from 1905 to 1965. He was one of Dr. Dewey’s assistant physicians. Dr. Kradwell established the Ada P. Kradwell Foundation in 1946, in his wife’s name and memory. This foundation provided the financial assistance needed for the establishment of the Milwaukee Sanitarium Foundation, Inc. in 1954. The Ada P. Kradwell Foundation bought up the hospital’s outstanding assets from stockholders in order to allow the hospital to change its financial status to a non-profit medical institution. Mrs. Schroeder and Dr. Kradwell were two of the larger stockholders. When they sold their stock to the foundation, others followed. Dr. Kradwell was the Vice President of the Milwaukee Sanitarium Foundation, Inc. from 1954-1965. The change in status from for-profit to non-profit greatly increased the institution’s prestige in the field of mental health. This also laid the foundation of the present broad facilities in patient care at the hospital.
Jon Van Beckum- Archivist
Aurora Psychiatric Hospital Archives
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Dr. William T. Kradwell, Milwaukee Sanitarium