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Edward T. Morman

physician and public health activist, was born in Point-á-Pitre, Guadeloupe, French West Indies, the son of Eleodore Cornely and Adrienne Mellon. When he was three years old, his family moved to Santurce, Puerto Rico. In 1920 the family relocated to Harlem for one year and then moved to Detroit, where his father found work in an auto plant.

After attending Detroit City College, Cornely transferred to the University of Michigan. He earned his AB in 1928 and his MD in 1932 both from the University of Michigan where he was one of 4 blacks in a medical school class of 250 students Unable to get an internship in the North he spent a year at the segregated Lincoln Hospital in Durham North Carolina He intended to continue with specialty training in surgery but effectively barred from a residency he returned to the University of Michigan to study public ...


Sandra D. Harvey

physician who pioneered the preservation of plasma, the development of the dry plasma technique, and the use of plasma in blood transfusions.

Born in Washington, D.C., to Richard Thomas Drew, a carpet-layer, and Nora Rosella Burrell Drew, a Howard University graduate, Drew grew up in a middle-class community. Known as the “center of black aristocracy,” Washington offered Drew and his family many social and educational opportunities. Drew attended the best segregated college preparatory school in the nation, Dunbar High School. In 1922 he entered Amherst College on an academic scholarship, and in 1926 he graduated a celebrated athlete and scholar.

Lack of funds delayed Drew's entry into medical school. In the interim, he coached and taught biology at Morgan College in Baltimore. In 1928 he enrolled in McGill University's medical school in Montreal; he graduated in 1933 At McGill he began his research in blood chemistry but Joseph his ...


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 ...