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Dr. Gladstone remembrance in McHenry

Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The McHenry Riverwalk Foundation  invites area residents to a ceremony honoring the memory of Dr. Lee Gladstone, founder of the original McHenry Hospital , to be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The event will be near the gazebo at the entrance to the McHenry Riverwalk, adjacent to 1138 N. Green St. A bronze marker will be placed at this site of the former city hospital, which opened in 1956. Also in remembrance of Gladstone, a burr oak tree will be planted in the Riverwalk area. 

John Smith, president of the McHenry Riverwalk Foundation, will introduce Lorna and Evan Gladstone (Dr. Gladstone’s children), along with McHenry Mayor Sue Low and other business and community leaders.   

Gladstone was graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1940, served as a U. S. Army physician in WWII and opened his practice in McHenry in 1947. Initially, the office and hospital contained six beds in a two-story frame house. He later completed a residency in psychiatry and was a pioneer in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse. 

As other physicians joined the practice, the facility grew. In 1956, at this dedication site,  a larger building was constructed with 22 beds for newborn, pediatric and adult patients, plus expanded treatment capability.  It closed as a medical facility in 1980, replaced by the Northern Illinois Medical Center, now operating as Centegra Hospital. A later addition to the original building is now known as the McHenry Villa, an independent living residence.   

Advanced Leadership Series at Shah Center

McHENRY – McHenry County College Shah Center is partnering with Development Dimensions International for the Advanced Leadership Series beginning May 30.

The advanced series is comprised of five modules. The courses take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry. Topics include: Adaptive Leadership on May 30, Building and Environment of Trust on June 6, Developing Others on June 13, Retaining Talent on June 20 and Building Winning Partnerships on June 27.

For more information, call 815- 455-8593 or email

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