Dr. Monroe Borders Painter was born January 5, 1934 in New Franklin,
Missouri. “Monte” graduated first in his class at New Franklin High School (1952),
Central Methodist College (1955), and the University of Missouri Medical School
(1959). His grandfather and namesake Dr. Eugene Monroe Allee had been a
country doctor and was his medical role model.
Dr. Painter was an intern and a resident in internal medicine at Brooke Army
Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas. While stationed at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri, he pioneered a successful new treatment regimen for an
epidemic of acute meningococcal meningitis. For “this, he received the Army
Commendation Metal for Meritorious Service.”
After eight years in the Army, he left the United States Army Medical Corps
as a Major. He joined Drs. Joe B. Hall and Arthur Moore in the Fayetteville
Diagnostic Clinic in 1966.
He was a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and honored
as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Painter served as Chief of
Staff at Fayetteville City Hospital and at Washington Regional Medical Center. He
was on the Washington Medical Center Board of Directors. The general medical
wing of the North College campus was named in his memory. Monte Painter
Boulevard in the North Hills Medical Park was named in his honor.
Dr. Painter’s community involvement included President of the Fayetteville
Youth Center, First National Bank Board of Directors, Administrative Board of
Central United Methodist Church and physician to Fayetteville junior high schools
and Fayetteville High School athletic teams.
Dr. Painter diagnosed his own chronic myelogenous leukemia. He had a bone
marrow transplant that was not successful and died September 24, 1989.