McEwen, Osceola (1902 - 2003)


Currier McEwen was the former Dean of Medicine at N.Y.U. and was instrumental in the creation of N.Y.U. Medical School. He also was an acknowledged expert in irises, especially the Japanese and the Siberian irises.

He was born in Florida and was a native of Newark, NJ. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University, received his medical degree in 1926 from the N.Y.U. School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Bellevue Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during WWII attaining the rank of colonel.

He was a pioneer in the hybridization of irises, wrote many articles and some books, and won several awards.

He died in Harpswell, ME in 2003 at the age of 101.


  • The Japanese Iris (1990)
  • The Siberian Iris (1996)