Bache (46) McEvers Emmet was born in New York on May 23, 1843, the fifth son of Laura Coster and William Colville Emmet. He went to private schools in the city and then, when his parents moved the family to Europe in1855, attended schools in Switzerland and Paris. He began to study medicine in Paris where his parents were living, returning to New York in 1867 to enroll at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and graduating in 1869. He did his internship at Women's Hospital as an assistant to his cousin, Dr. Thomas (25) Addis Emmet, then practiced in New York for the next 40 years until he retired in 1913.
Bache married Anne Francis Monson at the Church of the Transfiguration in New York on June 1, 1876; she was the daughter of Judge Levinus Monson. The couple first lived at 18 East 30th Street ; by 1915 they had moved to 535 Park Avenue. They bought a summer house on West Mountain Road in Ridgefield, CT around 1886, some ten years after their marriage, and eventually made this their full-time residence.
Dr. Bache rose steadily through the ranks of the medical world in New York, becoming a Professor of the Diseases of Women, and then also Treasurer ot the Board of the NY Post-Graduate Hospital, an attending surgeon at the Women's Hospital of the State of NY, and a staff gynecologist at the Columbia University Hospital. He published a great many articles in medical journals throughout his professional life, and invented surgical instruments used by other doctors. In short, he was a greatly admired physician, a Fellow of the American Gynecological society, the British Gynecological Society and numerous other local medical groups.
A touching description of Bache appeared in the 1921 "Transactions of the American Gynecological Society," written shortly after his death on May 27, 1921. He is said to have been quiet and unobtrusive, although overshadowed by his famous relative, Dr. Thomas (25) Addis Emmet. "Always modest and unassuming, dignified and high-bred, with a gentle kindly face which won confidence and affection alike from rich and poor." Bache died in Ridgefield after a long and painful illness, four days after his 78th birthday; he is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, alongside his wife, parents and most of his brothers.