About Dr. Tihen
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N. Tihen, a third-generation Sedgwick County, Kansas, physician,
was born to Henry and Lora Keeler Tihen on June 28, 1924, at Wesley
hospital in Wichita. He attended Wichita public schools --
Riverside Elementary, Horace Mann Intermediate and Wichita High
School North -- and graduated in 1941. He received two degrees
from Northwestern University in Chicago: his B.S. in 1944
and his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1947. Upon completion
of internships, a stint as an Air Force physician, and a fellowship
at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Tihen returned to Wichita in 1956 to join
the Wichita Clinic as an internal medicine specialist, practicing
alongside his father, one of the Clinic's founders.
Despite a busy
medical practice, Dr. Tihen maintained his interest in geography,
politics, and history -- especially the history of transportation
and of his hometown. He belonged to numerous societies and
organizations established for the study and preservation of transportation
modes. Because of his strong interest in Wichita's history,
Dr. Tihen was an avid reader of early and contemporary Wichita newspapers,
and he left volumes of handwritten notes he made while reading these
newspapers. Click here for
online access to his notes in transcribed form.
After his retirement
from medical practice in 1984, Dr. Tihen devoted his final years
to extensive research in his fields of interest, particularly local
history and the history of transportation. Illness prevented
the fulfillment of his plans to write both a history of Wichita
and a history of Wichita's street railway system.
Dr. Tihen died
April 24, 1991.
At his request,
his extensive collection of books, photographs, maps, postcards
and other documents were donated to libraries, museums and historical
research facilities in Wichita and Kansas, including the Department
of Special Collections at Wichita State University Libraries.
book collection can be accessed via the Wichita State University
Libraries' online catalog.
Some maps in his collection have been processed and are listed on
our map collection Web pages.