North High School Wall of Honor
Marvin John (M.J.) Short
Class of January, 1951
Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
Marvin John Short

Marvin graduated in the January, 1951 North High class. He was drafted into the US Army on December 5, 1955. M.J. was married when drafted. His service number was _________. M.J.'s next of kin was listed as Mr. Marvin J. Short, 1629 Jefferson Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.

Marvin John Short
Year   Rank   Status
January, 1951   Graduated   Graduated from North High School, Des Moines, IA.
Fall, 1951-
Spring, 1955
x Student/Graduated x *Illinois College of Chiropody, North Clark Street,
Chicago, IL.
December 5, 1955 x US Army/Drafted x Drafted from Des Moines Recruiting Station
1956 x Training x Basic Training;** Camp Chaffee, Arkansas
1956 x Training x Brooke Army Medical Center; Fort Sam Houston;
San Antonio, TX. 4th Army
3 years x USNR/Ensign x Army issued early release to go to medical school as an Ensign in the US Naval Reserve.
University of Texas; Austin, TX, with master's in neuroanatomy.
1962 x USNR/Ensign/MD x Fourth year at Duke Medical School. Graduated as medical doctor, 1962.
date x USNR/Internship x Internship at Galveston, TX doing biological psychiatric brain research (BEG).
date x USNR/Ensign x Mentor from Galveston, TX went to Duke and requested M.J. join him at Duke to establish the neuropsychiatric lab there.
1962-1963 x USNR/Stationed x US Public Health Service;
U.S Public Health Hospital (Audubon Park);
New Orleans, LA.
1966-1971 x USNR
(completing 20 years of higher education)
x Completed psychiatric residency at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708;
Fellow in geropsychiatry, neuropsychiatry, neuroanatomical psychology, and taught first course in the United States
in neurochemistry.
Associate Professor for one year;
then Board Certified Professor.
1971 x US Navy x

Developed Neurosurgical Unit at Broughton Hospital,
Morganton, NC. There two years until the Federal Government eliminated all research in state hospitals.

xx Medical Career x Private practice in psychiatry.
City and state?
1989 x Medical Career x Developed Psychiatric Behavorial Treatment Program for violent boys and girls in SC. (There are now four of these facilities in Greenville, SC, with a bed total of 125.)
2010: M.J. still makes the rounds, but prefers leaving the paperwork to others.
x Civilian x Medical Advisor to Behavorial Treatment Program, as above.
date x Interests x text
*William Scholl founded the Illinois College of Chiropody and Orthopaedics in 1912. Scholl was a Medical Doctor (MD) who felt the need to focus more on footcare. Just prior to Scholl founding a chiropody college in Illinois, other innovators and individuals around the United States were founding other institutions of learning for foot care. Among these was M.J. Lewi, MD, who founded what is now the oldest and largest college of podiatric medicine located in New York City. His institution later became the M.J. Lewi School of Podiatric Medicine and ultimately became the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Podiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower leg. The term "podiatry" came into use first in the early 20th century United States where it now denotes a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon who is qualified by their education and training to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg. Within the field of podiatry, practitioners can focus on many different specialty areas, including surgery, sports medicine, biomechanics, geriatrics, pediatrics, orthopedics or primary care.
**Camp Chaffee, AR
Fort Chaffee was originally named Camp Chaffee. Camp Chaffee was established in response to the US need for more troops for the imminent involvement in World War II. Construction on Camp Chaffee was started in September 1941, with troops arriving on the base in December 1941. In March 1956, the name of Camp Chaffee was officially changed to Fort Chaffee, to indicate and recognize the permanent nature of the base.
Camp Chaffe, AR photo
Brooke Medical Center, San Antonio, TX
Top: Camp Chaffee, AR
Below: Brooke Medical Cntr
Duke University Medical School  
Duke University Crest
Duke University Medical School; Duke University Seal
Marvin John Short
U.S. Public Health Service
United States Naval Reserve

US Navy Seal

US Public Health Service Seal

4th Army

Navy Officer Cap Device

photo of
M.J. Short in uniform

Ensign Sleeve and Bar/Rank

Vietnam Civic Action; Vietnam Gallantry Cross; National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service; Vietnam Campaign

Examples: Vietnam Civic Action;
Vietnam Gallantry Cross; National Defense Medal;
Vietnam Service; Vietnam Campaign
(1) Information was obtained from the Records on Military Personnel Who Died, were Missing in Action, or Prisoners of War as a result of the Vietnam War. This document can be found online at the National Archives and Records Administration at

(2) The comprehensive list of names from North High's 1893-2018 graduation classes are from Claradell Shedd's North Des Moines High School website. The names of North High School graduates can be found online at: Marvin John Short's class page is:
06/21/10: Currently living in SC.
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