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. Thomas E. Strain, Sr.


For more than half a century, Dr. Thomas E. Strain, Sr. was on the staff of Tri-State Hospital and Willis-Knighton Health System.  Dr. Strain was born in Simsboro, Louisiana in 1898 and after graduating from Louisiana College taught school until entering the Baylor University Medical School in Waco, Texas.

 After graduating in 1925, Strain returned to Shreveport to become the first intern at the Tri-State Hospital.   For 25 years, Dr. Strain worked at the doctor owned clinic specializing in pediatrics and internal medicine.  Then along with his two sons Dr.Thomas, Jr. and James R., he opened the Strain Clinic near the Willis-Knighton campus. 

Dr. Strain, Sr. retired in 1976 and he died in 1979 at the age of 89 but his son, Thomas, Jr. continued to practice.

This photo dates from the 1940s.

Location in Museum

Talbot Museum Digital Archive


Mid-20th Century

100 Years