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Dr. Delutha King

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Urologist

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Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/17/1924
Birth Location:
Weir City, Kansas

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Urologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Chili
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Barbados
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/17/1924
Birth Location:
Weir City
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Biography

DeLutha Porter Harold King, Jr. was born January 17, 1924 in Weir City, Kansas. His father DeLutha King Sr., a graduate of Lincoln University and minister in the C.M.E. church and his mother, Julia Banks King, a restaurant owner, moved King and his sister, Veatrice, to Kansas City, Missouri where they grew up. King attended the University of Kansas until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. From 1943 to 1945, he served in Europe in the all Black 43rd Signal Battalion as the company’s German interpreter.

King obtained a B.S. degree in zoology and english and a teaching certificate from Case Western Reserve University in 1952 while he worked full time for the U. S. Postal service since he was unable to find employment in his field when he returned from the war. He completed his M.D. degree in 1956; his internship in 1957 and his residency in surgical urology in 1961 at the Howard University College of Medicine and Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1956, King established the Student American Medical Association (SAMA), a chapter of the national A.M.A. at Howard University College of Medicine. He was the first person of color to be elected to the national office of SAMA Councilors. King was also the second recipient of the Daniel Hale Williams Award from the Association of Former interns and residents of the Freedmen’s Hospital.

King began his medical career as one of two urologists and was the only urologist of color in the state of Alabama at the V.A. Hospital in Tuskegee. He was Chief of Urology Services at the Veteran’s Administration from 1961 to 1965 and a Urology Consultant at John A. Andrew V.A. Hospital from 1966 to 1972. King moved to Atlanta and opened a private urology practice from 1966 to 1970 at 985 Hunter Street. In 1968, he moved his offices to 2600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a multi-specialty building that he and eight other African American investors built. He operated his business out of 2600 Martin Luther King Drive, now a part of Grady Hospital Clinic, until 1999.

King’s career and accomplishments span over a forty-five year period. In 1971, he co-founded the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, dedicated to the education, screening and counseling for Sickle Cell Anemia; the Atlanta Health Care Foundation in 1973; Metro Atlanta Health Plan Inc., the forerunner of the establishment of the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) in 1980; Health First, the HMO in 1985 and the Health First Foundation which contributes grants to non-profit health-oriented organizations in Georgia in 1986. King has been certified and licensed to practice medicine and urology in the states of Alabama, California, Maryland and Georgia. He has been licensed since 1966 in Georgia. He is on the Board of Trustees and a member of the Medical Advisory Board at Morehouse School of Medicine where he held Faculty positions from 1980 to 1986.

His article, “Prostatic Calculi Associated with Priapism” is published in the Journal of the NMA (1952); “Parathyroidism and Calculi”, co-authored with Dr. Yancy is in the Journal of the SMA (1967) and editorial, “HMOs Come to Georgia—Responsible Cost Control Without Radical Change” in Urban Health (1979).

In 2001, King received the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Morehouse College. In 2006, he received an award for fifty years of practicing medicine. King is an active member of the American Urological Association, AMA, NMA, Georgia State Medical Association and Southwest Atlanta Urology Associates, Inc., an organization that he founded in 1970. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP.

King resides in Atlanta with his wife, Lois Weaver King.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Delutha King's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King describes his father's career and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King talks about his father's ministry and carwash business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King describes his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King describes his grandparents' farm
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King talks about the Ku Klux Klan activity in Weir, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King describes his family's farm work
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Delutha King describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Delutha King remembers celebrating Juneteenth in Weir, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dr. Delutha King describes his chores
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dr. Delutha King recalls learning to swim
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his paternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King recalls moving to Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King recalls working as an apprentice to his neighbor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King remembers playing softball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King describes W.W. Yates Elementary School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King describes his neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King describes his upbringing in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King describes his early pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King remembers R.T. Coles Vocational and Junior High School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Delutha King recalls Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King remembers selling the Kansas City Call newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes his relationship with his sister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his mother's career advice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King recalls arriving at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King talks about graduating early from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King describes the fraternal organizations at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King recalls being drafted into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King remembers reporting for U.S. military duty
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his assignments in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Delutha King's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King recalls reporting for basic training at Fort Clark, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes his basic training in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his deployment to the European front of World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King remembers arriving in France during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King describes his experiences in Germany during World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his living conditions while serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King remembers the U.S. military's K-rations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his U.S. military awards
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King talks about the 43rd Signal Heavy Construction Battalion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Dr. Delutha King recalls the racial discrimination in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King remembers serving in Germany during World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King recalls returning to the United States after World War II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes his experiences of employment discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King remembers enrolling at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King recalls working as a substitute teacher
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King describes his first year at the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King describes his medical coursework
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King recalls selecting a medical internship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his admissions interview at the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King recalls graduating from the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his influential medical instructors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King describes the faculty of Freedman's Hospital in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King talks about his medical internship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King describes his urological residency at Freedman's Hospital
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King recalls transferring to the Tuskegee Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King explains the duties of an urologist
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King remembers the black community in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King recalls his experiences as an urologist in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King describes the John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Dr. Delutha King remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Dr. Delutha King describes the Student American Medical Association
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King remembers his mentors at the Howard University College of Medicine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King recalls practicing medicine under segregation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King talks about his medical licensure
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King describes his private medical practice
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King recalls cofounding a multi-specialty medical facility
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King talks about the emergence of health maintenance organizations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King recalls establishing a health maintenance organization
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King recalls educating the community about health maintenance organizations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Delutha King's interview, session 3
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King describes the process of creating a health maintenance organization
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King talks about the Health First Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King describes his membership in professional organizations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King describes his medical facilities in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King talks about the desegregation of Atlanta's hospitals
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King describes his private medical offices
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dr. Delutha King recalls cofounding the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dr. Delutha King describes the services provided by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Dr. Delutha King describes his retirement
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Dr. Delutha King describes the North Central Georgia Health Systems Agency
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Dr. Delutha King describes his reasons for sharing his story
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Dr. Delutha King reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Dr. Delutha King describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Dr. Delutha King reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Dr. Delutha King narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Dr. Delutha King narrates his photographs, pt. 2