Direct ophthalmoscope attachment
This device is the diagnostic eye attachment that mounts to a battery powered hand grip. It consists of a rotating dial of optical lenses through which a strong light is directed by means of a prism.
This object belonged to Dr. Herman S. Maul. Dr. Maul was born in the city of Manila, Philippines in 1918 to Herman G. Maul of Colorado and Rosa Mae Maul. He was the eldest of three sons, and was the only one born in the Philippines. His father, Herman G. Maul, was a member of the US Army Medical Core through the 1920s, until he turned to private practice. The elder Maul was probably part of the American force occupying the Philippines after the Spanish-American War and the American-Philippine Revolution. This is because Herman G. moved to Manila on March 22 or 27, 1916. He later moved back to Denver on March 1, 1920, right time for the 1920 Census. It is unknown when Herman G. met Rose Mae, but it was probably after the Revolution because otherwise he would have had more children born in the Philippines.
Herman G. was born in Colorado in 1887, though it is unclear where. His parents had emigrated from Germany and moved to Colorado. His father, Charles B. Maul was a gardener, while his mother, Ida, was not employed. Charles died before 1910, and Ida took charge of the family. As she was 58 by 1910, Herman and a few of his siblings took jobs wherever they can. After Herman graduated from Denver North High School in 1906, he attended medical school at the University of Denver and was a practicing physician by 1913. As a member of the Denver North High School, Herman became president for the 1914-1915 academic year. Afterwards, he went to Washington, D.C. and attended the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Herman was stationed in Galveston, Texas, Ft. Crockett, Texas, and Douglas, Arizona before being stationed in Manila.
Herman S. followed in his father’s footsteps and became a physician. He later met Beverly Ann and they married in 1943. Herman S. won renown in World War II as a captain and surgeon. During his service in the war Herman received the Silver Medal and Bronze Star. They lived in several houses in Denver, where he set up his practice. In 1950, Rosa Mae Maul died, splitting her will into equal parts to Herman S., Eugene M. and Robert M Maul. Herman S. Maul later became a colonel in the Colorado National Guard, commanding the 147th Evacuation Hospital and the 147th Surgical Hospital. Since there is a 1961 article stating the 147th Evacuation Hospital and another article about three months later saying that Herman commanded the 147th Surgical Hospital. Since the latter name was used most often after that, it is likely that the 147th Evacuation Hospital was renamed the 147th Surgical Hospital.
Herman was a member of the Shriners, the Denver Athletic Club and Kiwanis Club, where he was a part of the Denver Kiwanis Club Bowling Team which won the President’s Round Table Trophy of the Businessmen’s Bowling League. Herman was involved in Denver charities like the March of the Dimes Fashion Show and The Denver Centennial Open, the latter in which he participated in the Denver Preview alongside pro-golfer Jerry Barber, Henry Hughes, and George Nagal.
Herman continued his practice into the late 1970’s as a physician and doctor working in several Denver area hospitals. It is not clear when or if he retired, thus Herman may have conducted less work as he grew older. He died on May 25, 2000, a few years after his wife Beverley died. He is succeeded by his two daughters, Mary Anne of West Virginia and Barbara Mae Newell of Lone Tree, Colorado, as well as numerous nieces and nephews from both his brothers.
Engraving: WELCH ALLYN / AUBURN, N.Y. MAKERS / PAT NO 2027663
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