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PAINTON, Harry R. (1873-1955), Ohio-born physician who practiced in San Francisco for most of his career. Harry R. Painton is one of a handful of of members of the Cooper Ornithological Society (est. 1893) who has a cash award named after them. He served as Vice President of the Northern Divison of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1893 and as Treasurer in 1895. He was graduated from Stanford University School Of Medicine, throughout which he maintained his interest in collecting birds's nests and eggs. In 1936 resumed his birding interests and again served in the Cooper Ornithological Club, as President of the Northern Division in 1940 and 1941, and President of the Board of Governors until 1946. He was elected Honorary Membership in 1947. Dr. Painton contributed in a major way through his will, providing his estate to Stanford, with 20% of its value being placed in the Permanent Endowment Fund of the Cooper Ornithological Society. A total of $61,128.07 was received by the club. Every two years a $500 HArry R. Painton Award is given to the best scientific paper published in The Condor as determined by a committee of three.

Painton died in Santa Barbara of cancer on May 25, 1955. He is buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery.


Painton collected on:

  • Farallon Islands (1895)

Island Collections~
Farallon Islands Harry R. Painton CAS July 8, 1895 CAS-42398 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Farallon Islands Harry R. Painton CAS July 8, 1895 CAS-42399 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Farallon Islands Harry R. Painton CAS July 10, 1895 CAS-42400 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Farallon Islands Harry R. Painton CAS n.d. CAS-42401 Oceanodroma homochroa Birds
Farallon Islands Harry R. Painton WFVZ July 8, 1895 WFVZ-204513 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs

In the News~

July 22, 1853 [SBNP]: “Mrs. Irene Painton, 3545 Foothill Rd., died in a local hospital last night after a long illness. Born in Pennsylvania on Nov. 15, 1889, she had been a resident of Santa Barbara for 12 years. While living in Nevada, Mrs. Painton was active in Episcopal Mission Indian work. She was a member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women and held membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a past president of the local American Association of University Women. At one time she served as principal at the California School for Girls in Ventura. Receiving her AB degree at George Washington University, Mrs. Painton obtained a masters degree at the University of London in England and also studied at Stanford University. Surviving Mrs. Painton are her husband, Dr. Harry R. Painton, of San Francisco, and a brother, Stanley Childrey of Los Angeles. Other survivors are two nieces, Mrs. John Thompson of Santa Monica and Mrs. Raymond Moore of Henderson, Nev., and a nephew, Stanley Childrey Jr., of Los Angeles.”

May 26, 1955 [SBNP]: “Dr. Harry R. Painton, 81, a retired San Francisco physician who had resided here the past 14 years died yesterday in a local sanitorium where he had been ill for the past four years. His wife, Irene, preceded him in death July 21, 1953. Dr. Painton was a native of Ohio born Nov. 20, 1873. He is survived by six granddaughters, all living in San Francisco.”