The years following the change from Tri-State Sanitarium to Tri-State Hospital in 1929 were filled with challenges and opportunities for Drs. Willis and Knighton along with other Tri-State physicians and surgeons. First came the Great Depression of the 1930 and then the War Years of the 1940s. Many younger doctors served in the military while the older ones were fighting the battle on the home front. Their biographies are the history of their Time and Willis-Knighton Health Systems very earliest years.

Dr. J. Richard “Dr. B” Brown


Dr. J. Richard “Dr. B” Brown was born in North Carolina and received his medical degree from Tulane University in 1926.  He interned at Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport and took his residency in surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. 

Dr. Brown spent the rest of his career in Shreveport where he was associated with the Willis-Knighton Clinic and the Tri-State Hospital (later Willis-Knighton Medical Center).  Shortly before his death, he was honored along with many other Willis-Knighton doctors by the Shreveport Medical Society for 50 years of service to the community.

Dr. Brown passed away in 1974.


Location in Museum

Talbot Museum Digital Archive


Mid-20th Century

100 Years