Rendleman, John Jacob, (1863-1952.) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Dr. John Jacob Rendleman was born July 15, 1863, in Makanda, Ill. and attended SIU until 1880. He then taught school near his old home before beginning his formal education in the study of medicine. He attended the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee and went on to get another degree from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. Dr. Rendleman then opened a private practice and worked in Southern Illinois, making house calls, usually on horseback. He moved to Cairo, and worked as the local doctor until the year of his death in 1952.
In addition to his family practice he also took post-graduate courses at poly-clinic and post-graduate schools in New York, and at Mayo's in Rochester, Minn. He was on the staff of St. Mary's hospital in Cairo, and the Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis, and surgeon for the New York Central, G.M. and O., and Missouri Pacific railroads. He served as an examining physician during World War I, World War II, and the Spanish American War. Dr. Rendleman was a member of the Alexander County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Fifty Year Club of Illinois.
The doctor was honored in 1950 at the University of Tennessee as its "oldest living graduate."