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Debra Foster Greene

and 1995 presidential nominee for United States Surgeon General, was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Henry Wendell, Sr. and Ivie Hill Foster, both college-educated educators. Foster attended his father’s alma mater, Morehouse College, and graduated in 1954. Crediting the influence of Daisy Bates, president of the Arkansas NAACP, he attended the University of Arkansas Medical School where he was the only African American in a cohort of ninety-six students. Foster was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the first Black student to achieve the honor.

Foster graduated medical school in 1958 and completed an internship at Detroit Receiving Hospital as it had opportunities for extensive training in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1959 he was drafted and served two years in the United States Air Force at the rank of captain Foster completed a year of general surgery training at Malden Hospital in Boston ...