Hurty, John N. (1852-1925) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
John Newell Hurty, M. D., Phar. D., was born February 21, 1852, at Lebanon, Ohio, and died at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 27, 1925.
Doctor Hurty came to Indianapolis in 1875 after having been a student in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the Jefferson Medical College. In Indianapolis he established himself as a pharmacist and chemist. From the beginning he took an active interest in questions of sanitation and conducted an aggressive campaign for the improvement of the city water supply and the eradication of typhoid fever.
In 1882 he was appointed lecturer on analytical chemistry and sanitary science in the Medical College of Indiana, and continued as a teacher in that institution and its successors the remainder of his life.
During the same year, 1882, he assisted in founding the Purdue University School of Pharmacy of which he served as dean for a time. From Purdue University he received the degree Doctor of Pharmacy.
In 1886 he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Indiana and later was licensed as a physician.
In 1881 Doctor Hurty became teacher of chemistry in the Indiana Dental College and remained an active and influential member of the faculty until his death.
From 1890 to 1893 he was chemist for the Indianapolis City Board of Health and was secretary of the Board from 1893 to 1896. In these positions he demonstrated his character and exceptional understanding of sanitary problems. This led to his appointment as secretary of the Indiana State Board of Health in 1896.