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Leonard Louis 'Len' Charpier


Len Charpier

Date of Birth: February 17, 1897, in Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death: October 3, 1947, in Evergreen Park, Illinois (50 years old)


Chicago Tribune - Published 10/04/47

He died of a heart attack while in Little Company of Mary Hospital, Illinois.

After his football career, hee became a surgeon who experimented with using blood from

recently deceased cadavers for transfusions.  Evidently, he did it successfully many times in

the 1930's, but never wrote his findings up formally, and they didn't get published till long

after his death. There is a reference to the process being used in a Time Magazine article

from 1961Unbelievably, one of the two physicians involved in the process in 1961

was Dr. Jack Kevorkian.



1920 Chicago Cardinals (APFA)


University of Illinois