SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
 
Interview with Dr. Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska

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Interview with Dr. Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska

Interviewer

Sister Martin Joseph Jones

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Recording Date

5-22-1980

Description

Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska was the daughter of Dr. Francis E. Fronczak. In 1928, she graduated from the University at Buffalo Medical School. She married Edward Bukowska and later donated her father’s papers and memorabilia to the E. H. Butler Library.

Francis E. Fronczak was born October 20, 1874 in Buffalo. In 1884, he received his Bachelors from Canisius College and in 1895, Mr. Fronczak was awarded a Masters from Canisius. In 1897, he earned a M.D. from University at Buffalo. In 1900, awarded a LL.B degree from the University at Buffalo Law School and practiced until 1907. In 1910, Dr. Fronczak was appointed the first Health Commissioner of Buffalo, a post he hold for 37 years and was succeeded by his son-in-law Dr. Edward Bokowska. He founded the Erie County Health Department. Dr. Fronczak advocated for a law recognizing alcoholism as an illness, not a crime. He also campaigned for the vaccination of children against smallpox. Dr. Francis Fronczak recommended protective measures for people with communicable diseases.

Dr. Fronczak was a columnist for the Buffalo Express. He wrote 27 books on the topic of medicine. In 1917, Dr. Fronczak received a Ph.D. (honoris causa) from the University at Buffalo, and a M.D. (honoris causa) from Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University.

Even though he was born in the United States, Dr. Fronczak cared a lot for the people of Poland. During WWI he was a Major of the American Medical Corps; he was responsible for the physical and moral well-being of the Polish Army in France. He fought and was wounded in the trenches of Poland. After the war, he took part in relief activities for Polish victims of the war. Francis Fronczak was asked to present a memo to President Woodrow Wilson for intervention on behalf of Poland’s Independence. In 1918, Dr. Fronczak was appointed to the Polish National Committee in Paris in behalf of American Poles.Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska was the daughter of Dr. Francis E. Fronczak. In 1928, she graduated from the University at Buffalo Medical School. She married Edward Bukowska and later donated her father’s papers and memorabilia to the E. H. Butler Library.

Francis E. Fronczak was born October 20, 1874 in Buffalo. In 1884, he received his Bachelors from Canisius College and in 1895, Mr. Fronczak was awarded a Masters from Canisius. In 1897, he earned a M.D. from University at Buffalo. In 1900, awarded a LL.B degree from the University at Buffalo Law School and practiced until 1907. In 1910, Dr. Fronczak was appointed the first Health Commissioner of Buffalo, a post he hold for 37 years and was succeeded by his son-in-law Dr. Edward Bokowska. He founded the Erie County Health Department. Dr. Fronczak advocated for a law recognizing alcoholism as an illness, not a crime. He also campaigned for the vaccination of children against smallpox. Dr. Francis Fronczak recommended protective measures for people with communicable diseases.

Dr. Fronczak was a columnist for the Buffalo Express. He wrote 27 books on the topic of medicine. In 1917, Dr. Fronczak received a Ph.D. (honoris causa) from the University at Buffalo, and a M.D. (honoris causa) from Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University.

Even though he was born in the United States, Dr. Fronczak cared a lot for the people of Poland. During WWI he was a Major of the American Medical Corps; he was responsible for the physical and moral well-being of the Polish Army in France. He fought and was wounded in the trenches of Poland. After the war, he took part in relief activities for Polish victims of the war. Francis Fronczak was asked to present a memo to President Woodrow Wilson for intervention on behalf of Poland’s Independence. In 1918, Dr. Fronczak was appointed to the Polish National Committee in Paris in behalf of American Poles.

In 1946, Dr. Fronczak was appointed to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. His main assignment was to investigate sanitary conditions in Poland. Dr. Fronczak died on December 27, 1955.

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SUNY Buffalo State Oral History Project, 1975-1995

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Interview with Dr. Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska

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