Melanie Cushing

9619 Lake Shore Boulevard "Breezy Bluff"

Melanie Harvey Cushing was born on February 13, 1870, the daughter of Edward and Martha Harvey. Melanie had been in love with Ned Cushing from the time she was a young girl and they eventually married on June 9, 1897, in Cleveland.

Ned was the third generation of Cushing men who were physicians. He was born on January 24, 1862, in Cleveland. He received his academic degree at Cornell in 1883 and then went on to Harvard, receiving his M.D. in 1888. He was named professor of obstetrics and pediatrics at Western Reserve University School of Medicine and head of pediatric services at Lakeside Hospital in 1894.

After the turn of the century, the city of Cleveland had no practicing pediatricians and an appallingly high infant-mortality rate. To do something about that, Ned directed the establishment of a children’s ward at Lakeside Hospital in 1906. He selected the staff for the Babies’ Dispensary and Hospital, the first facility in the region to care exclusively for children.

Ned died prematurely of inoperable cancer of the rectum on March 23, 1911, at age 48. He was buried in Lake View Cemetery. Melanie Cushing died on February 4, 1945. She was buried with Ned in Lake View Cemetery.