Dr. Joseph


DR. JOSEPH C. LOVETT was born in Erie PA in 1885. raised in Seattle A, he was a 1904 graduate of Seattle High School, and a 1907 graduate of the University of Washington. He returned to Pennsylvania for his medical training, and received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in 1911. He interned at Newark City Hospital, and was at Essex County Hospital until 1913, at which time he established residency at Philadelphia Medical Hospital, and was also affiliated with Cooper Hospital.

Dr. Lovett married the former Effie R. Schneider around 1918. At the time of the 1920 Census, the Lovetts were living Effie's parents, George and Anna Schneider, at 1320 Columbia Avenue in Philadelphia. 

Dr. Lovett specialized in contagious diseases. In 1920 he was appointed Director of the Camden Municipal Hospital., which stood on Sheridan Street near Davis Street.

By the time of the 1930 census, the Lovetts resided on the hospital grounds, most likely in the house adjacent to it, depicted below. Effie Lovett also worked at the hospital, in a clerical capacity.

Dr Lovett devoted the rest of his professional career to the 90-bed Camden Municipal Hospital. By 1948 it was one of the few remaining contagious disease hospitals in the United States. Dr. Lovett ran it as a virtual one-man institution and he remained in at Camden Municipal Hospital until illness forced his retirement in 1948. 

Dr. David Kayser, Camden City's health officer, assumed provisional leadership of Camden Municipal Hospital. The city commission tasked city director of public welfare, E. George Aaron, with initiating a search for a permanent successor. With the aid of the Camden County Medical Society a search was undertaken that resulted in the hiring of Dr. Lewis Coriell, and the transformation of the facility from a contagious disease hospital to a medical research facility.

Dr. Joseph C. Lovett passed away in 1949. Dr. Lovett was a member of the Camden County and Camden Medical Societies.

Camden Municipal Hospital
South Jersey Medical Research Foundation
Laboratory (foreground)

Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928

Commissioner Stricken After Attending Opening of Legislature

Commissioner William D. Sayrs. Jr, director of public works, has been stricken with diphtheria and is a patient at the Municipal Hospital, it was learned today.

Hospital authorities this morning said Commissioner Sayrs was admitted to the institution yesterday. He is suffering from a “mild case of diphtheria, they said, and is under the care of Dr. Joseph C. Lovett.

Unless complications should arise, the public works director will leave the hospital in two weeks physicians report. His condition today was termed “good”.

Sayrs entered the hospital after he had consulted with his physician, Dr. Levi Hint, according to Frank S. Albright, city publicity agent. The commissioner began feeling ill Tuesday, Albright said, when he attended the opening session of the legislature at Trenton.

Albright said Sayrs is directing the work of his department from his bedside at the institution. A phone has been installed at the bedside and the commissioner, Albright explained, is able to keep in touch with the various members of his department throughout the day.

Fellow commissioners remarked on the absence of Commissioner Sayrs from the city commission meeting yesterday, but could give no reason for it, they said.

At the office of Commissioner Sayrs this morning, It was reported that the director was ‘merely suffering from a slight cold.” -

Camden Courier-Post - October 29, 1935


Paul Garrison, 28, of Deepwater, who was taken to Camden Municipal Hospital Sunday night after he had been stricken "with infantile paralysis, was moved yesterday to Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, in an effort to save his life. Garrison's respiratory system became paralyzed and he was sent to the Philadelphia hospital to be placed in a respirator if his condition becomes worse, Dr. J. C. Lovett, medical director of the Camden hospital, said..