Dr. Hirschboeck was raised in Milwaukee. He entered Marquette University in 1930 earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Because of the influence of his sister, a Mary Knoll nun and a medical graduate of Marquette and a Physician uncle practicing in Duluth Minnesota, he decided on a career in Medicine. He graduated from Marquette University School of Medicine in 1937. During his student days he was one of the founders of the Marquette Medical Journal which he served as the Business Manager. The Journal was published continually until 1969. Dr. Hirschboeck interned at the Milwaukee County General Hospital and then entered private practice. The lure of research in Hematology brought him back to the School. An M.S. degree was granted from the graduate school in 1941. WWII called him to Navy duty in Guam and the west coast. He returned to private practice in Milwaukee where he remained close to the medical school. In 1947, when Dean Eben J. Carey died suddenly, he was asked to assume the duties of Dean. Dr. Hirschboeck served in that position from 1947 to 1965. These years were pivotal for the School. There were financial difficulties, the recruitment of full time faculty, the planning and construction of a new Basic Science Building, the development of a Medical Center and construction of the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital on the Milwaukee County Grounds. He resigned his position of Dean in 1965 to devote full attention to these developing changes to the medical health of Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Sources: "Engbring, Norman H. An Anchor for the Future: a history of the Medical College of Wisconsin, 1893-1990. Medical College of Wisconsin, 1991. pps. 115, 182-3" ; "Obituary: Former MU Dean Dies at Age 83, Milwaukee Sentinel. January 31, 1994." ; "Obituary: Former Dean of Medical School Dies, The Milwaukee Journal. January 31, 1994."