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Dr. Alvin Blount, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you think you are right, have the courage to do it.

Birthplace

Born:
2/24/1922
Birth Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Surgeon
Physician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Green
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you think you are right, have the courage to do it.

Birthplace

Born:
2/24/1922
Birth Location:
Raleigh
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Biography

Physician Dr. Alvin Blount, Jr. was born on February 24, 1922, in Wake County, Raleigh, North Carolina. He was the eldest of four children and the only son of parents who worked as domestics. After graduating from Washington High School in Raleigh, Blount enrolled at North Carolina A & T University in 1939 where he served as the student body president and as chairman of the campus newspaper before graduating in 1943 with his B.A. degree in chemistry (magna cum laude). After graduating, Blount was accepted into a government funded program that enabled him to enroll in Howard University Medical School where he studied under Dr. Charles Drew and received his M.D. degree in 1947. Blount spent three years on active duty in the U.S. Army during medical school. He completed a general surgery residency at Kate Bittings Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.

In 1952, Blount was mobilized with the 8225th Infantry Division from Fort Bragg as a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps’ 2nd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) Unit that was sent to Korea. Blount, whose team performed ninety surgeries a week, went on to become a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served as acting Chief of Surgery for the 8225th MASH Unit in Korea from 1951 until 1952, and was appointed Chief of Surgery for the 47th U.S. Army Combat Surgical Hospital in Southeast Asia. He returned to the United States in 1954.

In 1957, Blount became the first African American in North Carolina be certified by the American College of Abdominal Surgeons in 1957 and practiced at Kindred Hospital (formerly L. Richardson Hospital). He was a litigant of the suit Simkins v. Moses H. Cone Hospital (1963), the landmark Supreme Court decision that desegregated hospitals throughout the South. Blount became the first black surgeon admitted to the medical staff of Cone Hospital in 1964. He served as Chief of Surgery for L. Richardson Hospital and as Medical Director for the Guilford Health Care Center.

Blount was affiliated with numerous organizations including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Association of Guardsmen. He was a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity since 1970; and, in 1979, he established the Beta Epsilon Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in Greensboro. Blount, a 33rd degree Mason, was an honorary past Grand Master and Medical Director of the Prince Hall Masons of North Carolina. He received countless awards including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor that can be granted to a civilian in the state of North Carolina. In 1983, North Carolina A & T University awarded Blount an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities

Blount passed away on January 6, 2017 at age 94.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alvin Blount's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount talks about his mother's education and aspirations and his parents working in New York during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount talks about land ownership in North Carolina after the American Civil War
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alvin Blount talks about his father's education and his job in North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alvin Blount talks about his parents getting married in 1920 and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Alvin Blount talks about his parents' loving marriage, their emphasis on education, and their having to work in New York during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Alvin Blount discusses his father's employment as a chauffeur for Eddie Rickenbacker, the Rickenbacker family, and General John "Black Jack" Pershing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Alvin Blount talks about the mentorship that he received from his father's employer, Reed Chambers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount talks about Reed Cambers, his mother's death, and his father's remarriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount describes his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount talks about his childhood observations of his life as an African American
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about his religious faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount talks about attending elementary school in New Rochelle, New York and Franklinton, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount talks about the difference between his elementary schools in New Rochelle, New York and Franklinton, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount talks about the teachers who influenced him, his math classes and why he decided to major in chemistry in college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount talks about his academics and leadership in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alvin Blount talks about being exposed to black doctors in the neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alvin Blount talks about attending North Carolina A and T State University in 1939 on a National Youth Administration (NYA) scholarship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Alvin Blount talks about his professors in at North Carolina A and T State University and his involvement in campus politics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount talks about his nickname in college, and running for student body elections
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount recalls the United States' entry into World War II in 1941 and why he decided to pursue medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount talks about the importance of a background in the humanities, and how he ensured that he received a well-rounded education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about the joining the U.S. Army and his experience there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount talks about attending Howard University's medical college, his residency in North Carolina, and the challenges of being a black physician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount talks about the Flexner Report
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount talks about the challenges that were faced by black medical students and residents while receiving his medical training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount talks about the limited opportunity for black medical residents and the discrimination against them
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alvin Blount talks about his professors and colleagues at Howard University's College of Medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alvin Blount talks about his career as a physician and surgeon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount talks about his residency at Kate B. Reynolds Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount talks about rejoining the military in 1950, and his assignments to the MASH units in Fort Bragg and in Korea
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount describes his experience in the Korean War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about his marriages
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount reflects upon his experience in Korea during the Korean War and the plight of the civilians, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount reflects upon his experience in Korea during the Korean War and the plight of the civilians, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount talks about the book and television series, MASH
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount describes his experience the Korean War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount talks about returning from the Korean War and his acquaintance with Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount talks about becoming the first black doctor to practice at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount talks about the anti-discrimination 'Simkins versus Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital' lawsuit of 1963, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about the anti-discrimination 'Simkins versus Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital' lawsuit of 1963, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount reflects upon Jack Greenberg being the only white legal counselor for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount reflects upon his experience with demonstrations at North Carolina A and T State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount talks about Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount talks about black doctors who were involved in civil rights and the history of African Americans in medicine in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount talks about becoming the first black physician to perform surgery at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount talks about the Ku Klux Klansmen who built his home in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount talks about facing discrimination as a physician in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about serving on the Greensboro jury commission
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount reflects upon the changes in the relationship between African American and white doctors in North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alvin Blount reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alvin Blount describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alvin Blount reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Alvin Blount reflects upon the election of President Barack Obama as the first black president in the United States
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Alvin Blount talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Alvin Blount discusses health concerns and healthcare for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Alvin Blount discusses health concerns and healthcare for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Alvin Blount talks about medical malpractice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Alvin Blount talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Alvin Blount describes his photographs