George Adolf Reich, MD: Seattle Jewish Physician: His Washington Years

George Adolf Reich, MD

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George Adolf Reich was born in 1846 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Reich graduated (but did not complete his studies) from the University of Breslau’s medical department in 1869.

After serving in the Prussian army at the close of the Franco-Prussian War, Reich came to America, arriving in New York and traveling to Arizona via the Isthmus of Panama.


Along the way . .

By 1870, Reich was living in San Bernardino, California, working as a pharmacist for the “San Bernardino Drug Store, Franklin & Reich, Proprietors.”

George Reich left for San Francisco in 1875, where he received his M.D. from the University of California. He practiced medicine in San Francisco.

(For more on Reich’s time in California, click here).



In 1884, Reich left San Francisco, settling in Tacoma, where he practiced surgical medicine for one year.

In 1885, he moved to Seattle.

In 1887, Reich traveled to Berlin and Breslau to explore new modes of treatment in European hospitals. He may also have been visiting with his family in Breslau.

By 1889, Dr. Reich had established his practice in the Yesler Building in Seattle, specializing as an “Oculist, Aurist and Physician for Diseases of the Throat.”

After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, Dr. Reich’s practice moved to the Pioneer Building, located in the now-historic Pioneer Square district.

In 1893, Dr. Reich was specializing in eye and ear treatment.

Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington, vintage postcard


George Reich married Elizabeth Chissman in 1882

George Adolf Reich died, in 1896, in Seattle, Washington.



  • Norton B. Stern, “George AlbertReich: From a Pharmacist in San Bernardino to a Physician in Seattle,” Western States Jewish History 18/2.

Samantha Silver is curator for this Dr. George Albert Reich exhibit.