Roy Preston Garrett was born on 12 Jun 1896 in Oklahoma, the son of William and LeeAnna Garrett. Roy and his sister, Ethel Victoria, spent their childhood in Oklahoma. William Garrett was a Baptist minister and moved the family to Manhattan, KS between 1910 and 1915. Garrett attended Western University in Quindaro, KS, until 1915.
On 29 Jan 1918, he entered K-State, following the general science course of study. He was called into military service and withdrew from college on 25 Sep 1918, but returned the following semester after serving three months. This service excused him from mandatory military drill exercises during part of his time at college. He played in the military band in 1920. He took classes during the summers, 1919-1922.
Garrett lived with his family while attending college, initially at 719 Fremont, before the family moved to 905 Colorado in 1919. Ethel Victoria Garrett also attended K-State, graduating in 1920. Interestingly, in 1923 several of the young women thought to be Zeta Phi Beta members boarded with the family.
Roy Garrett graduated from K-State on 31 May 1923 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science.
There are two entries in the 1930 census for Roy P. Garrett, in Chicago, IL. One is the correct age, interning at Provident Hospital, West 36th Street, Chicago, IL, and has a smudged entry that indicates that he was married at age 22 or 27. The other lists him with parents, William C. and Lena Garrett, and his wife, Mabel, whom he married at age 27. Much of the specific information in this second entry is incorrect, but they probably refer to the same person.
Dr. Roy Preston Garrett died in Aug of 1971 in Chicago, IL, at the age of 74. He was a South Side physician for more than 40 years. He died at Provident Hospital and was survived by his widow, Erma. Dr. Roy Garrett's mother, Lee Anna Garrett, died in Provident Hospital in 1939 and was buried in Manhattan, KS.
K-State Directory, 1919-1921
Royal Purple, 1921-1922
1910 Census: Oklahoma - Oklahoma County - Oklahoma City Ward 2 - District 206
1915 Kansas Census: Riley County - Manhattan
1920 Census: Kansas - Riley County - Manhattan Ward 4 - District 128
1930 Census: Illinois - Cook County - Chicago - District 57
World War I Draft Registration
Social Security Death Index
Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 16 Mar 1971