Alvin V. Blount

  • Born: Raleigh, N.C.
  • 1939: Entered A&T serving as student body president and chairman of the campus newspaper board.
  • 1943: Graduated N.C. A&T State University with honors
  • Medical Degree, Howard University, Washington, D.C. where he studied under the famous Dr. Charles Drew, who developed the process for storing blood and creating blood banks.
  • Served as chief of surgery for the 8225 Mobile Army Hospital at Fort Bragg and chief of a MASH unit during the Korean War.
  • 1971: Began serving as president of the A&T University Foundation.
  • Served as lay officer of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, chief of surgery of L. Richardson Hospital, president of the Greensboro Men's Club, board member of the Hayes-Taylor YMCA, member of the Jury Commission and the Boule.
  • 1964: First African-American doctor to operate at Moses Cone Hospital. Moses Cone Hospital required doctors to belong to the Guilford County Medical Society, which didn’t give black doctors full membership. Using the federal Hill-Burton Act, which said federal dollars for public facilities could not be used to discriminate, Blount won a U.S. Supreme Court case forcing the hospital to recognize his medical credentials.
  • 1994: Retired from surgery
Also See: E-Archive: "Doctor waged quiet battle", by Jim Schlosser - 2/24/2007; "Ordinary Heroes" by Nancy McLaughlin - 2/22/2009

Source: News & Record Archive

Compiled by Diane Lamb, News Researcher

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