1977 "Citizen of the Year" - Dr. Clarence Willard Worth M.D.
"He always told me, 'I take care of people because they need it, whether they can afford it or not. Life is not always about money. It is, however, always about people." - John Worth speaking about his father.
Dr. Worth practiced medicine in the small community of Milroy. House calls were the norm for doctors when he began his practice in Rush County. At any hour of the day or night a call from someone that was ill or ready to deliver a baby might come in and the doctor would arrive at their home a short time later.
The practice of house calls has long since vanished, however, Dr. Worth left his legacy in the lives he brought into this world. All told, during his 34 years of practice, Worth delivered 7,500 babies into the world and affectionately became known as "the baby doctor." The last birth that he oversaw was his own grandson, Steven Worth in 1978.
Worth was one of several doctors and community leaders who were instrumental in and sough initial funding for building Rush Memorial Hospital following World War II.
Dr. Worth practiced medicine in Rush County for 40 years, he was a founding member and past president of Milroy Utilities Corporation. He was also a staff member of Rush Memorial Hospital for many years.