Death of Dr. Robert D. Yates
DRAUGHTS PLAYER WEEKLY MAGAZINE
Vol. II September 19th, 1885 No. 8.
Intelligence has reached this city by cable
of the death of Dr. Robert D. Yates, of this
city, while in mid ocean and of his burial
at sea. Dr. Yates was one of the most promising
young physicians in Brooklyn and was well
known as an amateur champion chess and checker player.
After graduating about two years ago he became one
of the staff of physicians under Dr. Arnold at the
Flatbush Hospital, his object being to thoroughly
equip himself before engaging in the practice of his
Dr. Robert Yates was well liked at the hospital and
he made rapid advancement. A few weeks ago, his term
of service at the hospital having determined, Dr.
Yates received a flattering offer to become the physician
on one of the Rotterdam Line of steamships. He was,
only too well pleased to accept the offer and was
assigned to the steamship Scheidam.
About two weeks ago he sailed in high spirits on his
The meager cable message received does not furnish
many particulars of his sad death further than it appears
he died on the outward voyage from typhus fever and
was buried at sea. Dr. Shaw, of the asylum talking
of Dr. Yates, death, said today 'It is a great pity.
Young Dr. Yates was a bright young fellow destined
to make his mark. He was well built and strong, but
typhus will carry off the best men in a little while,
I should not be at all surprised if it was learned
that Dr. Yates caught the typhus at the hospital. That
is one of the dangers to which the doctors engaged
in these institution, are subjected.'
Dr. Yates was unmarried and lived with his parents
at 860 Bridge street, He was born in this city on December
27, 1857. He graduated first from Public School No.
1, and subsequently from the Polytechnic Institute.
Upon determining to study medicine he entered the New
York University and graduated an M.D. from that institution
in the class of 1881. His family is greatly sadden
over the reception of the sad news of Dr. Robert Yates
Times (From DPWM-Sept. 1885.)