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Charles E Test

Dr. Charles Edward Test was born January 10, 1916 in Indianapolis Ind., and he passed away in 2011.

He grew up in Indianapolis and was educated at Park School from 1928 to 1933, receiving the Park Tudor Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. He graduated from Princeton University in 1937 with a degree in biology and then went to medical school at the University of Chicago, receiving his MD degree in 1941.

In 1942, he joined the Army as a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps. He spent the next three years in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands. After his military service, he was a resident in medicine at IU for a year and subsequently returned to the University of Chicago as chief resident and instructor in internal medicine from 1949 to 1951. In 1951, he returned to Indianapolis, where he lived for the rest of his life, and established a solo private practice in internal medicine.

Dr. Test was interested in fly fishing, trains and railroads, particularly steam-operated locomotives, and amateur astronomy. Dr. Test was an avid collector of historical stamps of the United States and of antique books.

Dr. Test was a long-time client of the Weills of New Orleans. His United States stamps were sold at two auctions: the 20th century stamps, including the Inverted Jenny, were sold at Christie's in New York on Feb. 2, 1994. His 19th century collection was sold by Siegel Auction Galleries as "The Concord Collection", which was the 1994 Rarities sale.

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