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SCHOLL, WILLIAM MATHIAS: 1882-1968.

William Mathias Scholl was born in La Porte, Ind., on June 22, 1882, the son of Peter and Clara Hanna Scholl. He received M.D. degrees from both the Illinois Medical College and the Chicago Medical College in 1904 and 1922 respectively. Scholl moved to Chicago in 1899 and worked in a shoe store where he fitted shoes to misshapen feet. In 1904 he invented his first arch support and later held about 300 patents on foot correctives. He was a director of the Foot Specialist Publishing Company; coined and trademarked the word "practipedics"; established a correspondence school to train shoe clerks; and founded the Illinois College of Chiropody and Foot Surgery in 1912. Scholl died in Chicago on March 30, 1968.

Information from The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography and NEW YORK TIMES, March 30, 1968.

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